Agatha Christie's Poirot: Death on the Nile
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Possibly one of Agatha Christie's most enduringly popular novels and certainly one of her best crafted who-dunnits, it is surprising that it took so long for Suchet and company to get around to filming this suspense thriller. Perhaps it was for fear of comparisons with the star-studded Peter Ustinov theatrical feature, or perhaps it was the sheer budgetary restrictions of filming in Egypt? Whatever the reason, I was elated to see that, after almost two decades of playing the trusty, sometimes eccentric French (errr...okay Belgian) detective Hercule Poirot, that we finally have the excellent David Suchet tackling this favorite of mine.
Unable to compete with the earlier version in terms of star power (David Niven, Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury and Maggie Smith were just some of those in the 1978 adaptation) what this production does boast is some stunning location photography and a tour de force performance by fan favorite Suchet.
Based on Christie's 1937 novel of the same name, this tale of intrigue and mystery is a cleverly woven riddle of red herrings and double crosses that center around a spoilt heiress Linnet Ridgeway who appears surrounded by enemies on a honeymoon trip down the Nile.
Before the trip is over Ridgeway will lie dead along with two others, murderer(s) will be exposed and Poirot will have the satisfaction of having tackled one of his most puzzling mysteries. But, of course it's the getting there that is most of the fun.Read more ›
Many famous actors have portrayed Agatha Christie's sleuths. Many have succeeded though few have closely approximated to the originals. Agatha Christie herself would no doubt wish that David Suchet could be adorned with a much more luxuriant moustache than the little "clip on" one seen here.
They're all confined to the same ship, along with a gruff Austrian physician (Steve Pemberton), an ill-tempered communist (Alastair Mackenzie), the snobbish Allertons, Tim (Daniel Lapaine) and his mother (Barbara Flynn), the American trustee of Linnet's estate Andrew Pennington (David Soul), and an old friend of Poirot's, a British administrator in Egypt whom he runs into by chance. They're all obnoxious. They all hate each other. So many potential victims and suspects. Yet we know that it must be the lovely and most widely hated Linnet who will die. And the murders don't stop there.
The acting style is a little campy, unlike "Agatha Christie's Poirot" of the 1990s. It's suitable to the obnoxious characters, but one flaw in this film is that there is no one sympathetic. Tim Allerton and Rosalie have particularly been changed from the book and not for the better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's an entertaining television version of the novel but not as good as the film. And it's an opulent, lavish production. Read morePublished 1 month ago by addison de witt
I enjoy this movie very much. It is very entertaining and I love the twist.Published 5 months ago by Lou Ann Price
I have every DVD of Poirot....but I have 2 VCRs so the logical thing to do was to start getting Poirot on VHS. This is one of my favorite episodes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cathy R
somewhat disappointing. The wardrobe dept. did a great job except for James Fox's double breasted blazer - it didn't fit him, tight
and he kept tugging it down. Read more
Every once in a while, an actor comes along who not only plays the role of Sherlock Holmes, but actually redefines the role. Read morePublished 21 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
this is Agatha Christy at her best David suchet portrays his character poirot believably willhis mannerisms and quirks and you come to expect from his character are only enhanced... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by timothy parenteau
I had the privilege of seeing the '78 version with Peter Ustinov. What's interesting is with one exception so far that when I see a Suchet version of a story I saw with Albert... Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Jeffrey C. Reynolds
DEATH ON THE NILE (ITV production, "Masterpiece Mystery" release in U.S., 2008) is difficult to review. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Hui Shen ben Israel