(out of 5)
Like Murder On The Orient Express before it, this is an energetic and enjoyable adaptation of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. A group of strangers, old aristocrats and young lovers among them, travel on a barge down the famed Egyptian river and are shocked when one of their passengers, a beautiful heiress, is found murdered. Lucky for the victim, Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov taking over for Albert Finney in a spot-on performance that couldn’t have suited him better) is on board to interview everyone and find out who did it. Poirot is such a funny character because he’s not really a detective, just a meddlesome old man who can’t help but stick his nose where it doesn’t belong. Highlighted by some gorgeous location shooting, not to mention Anthony Powell’s Oscar-winning costumes, the film boasts an all-star cast of memorable performances including Mia Farrow, Bette Davis and, most delightfully, Angela Lansbury.
Directed by John Guillermin
Cinematography by Jack Cardiff
Music by Nino Rota
Production Design by Peter Murton
Costume Design by Anthony Powell
Film Editing by Malcolm Cooke