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|Poirot - Death on the Nile|
Actors: David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, JJ Feild, Emily Blunt
Director: Andy Wilson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Tony Award nominee David Suchet returns to his celebrated role as Hercule Poirot in a lavish A&E adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic--DEATH ON THE NILE. When Linnet Doyle, the richest woman in London, steals and marr... more »
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Kathy S. (jjmjgj) from HATHAWAY PNES, CA
Reviewed on 2/16/2010...
Tony Award nominee David Suchet returns to his celebrated role as Hercule Poirot in a lavish A&E adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic - DEATH ON THE NILE.
When Linnet doyle, the richest woman in London, steals and marries her best friend's fiance, the best friend gets her revenge by hounding the newlyweds throughout their honeymoon. A subsequent pleasure cruise down the River Nile turns deadly when the widely despised Mrs. Doyle is found murdered in bed. Thank goodness the famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is along for the ride. His services are sorely in need as the body count - and the number of suspects - quickly rises.
Maintaining the high production standards fans of the Poirot series have come to expect, Suchet and his marvelous cast of suspects faithfully recreate the brilliant plot twists that have made Agatha Christie mysteries famous the world over.
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Suchet tackles a favorite of mine
Darren Harrison | Washington D.C. | 09/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Suffering only in comparison with its illustrious 1978 predecessor, this continuation in the David Suchet series of Hercule Poirot movies debuted on A&E television (who co-produced this movie) only last weekend and had me reveling in its almost quaint, vintage British-ness of it all.
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.
To say more is to spoil many of the surprises in this movie but it was great to see James Fox give valuable assistance to Poirot (in the role Niven played in 1978) and the scene that finally unmasks the guilty party is handled expertly.
Sit back as you would with a good book and just indulge yourself one evening to one of the finest (and best crafted) who-dunnits to come across the screen since 1978."
Suchet Superb, A&E version leaves a bit to be desired.
JammyJason | Florida | 01/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This A&E version of Death on the Nile is not a full length movie and as a result it lacks the length and depth and intricate detail of Ustinov's version but this version also lacks the often over-the-top over acting that was so pervasive in the Ustinov movie (Davis, Landsbury, both ludicrous, among others). A lot of details had to be left out of the A&E attempt simply because of the constraints of time and because of this, the A&E version is flawed, though not critically in my opinion. I really preferred the lack of big name stars; those in the Ustinov version were critically distracting. I didn't care for the silly Hollywood humor in the Ustinov version ("This takes the camel's hump!") and prefer the seriousness of the A&E version. And while I did enjoy Ustinov's portrayal, I kept seeing Ustinov and not Poirot. With Suchet, it is just the opposite and this is why I prefer this version to the 1978 movie. Yes details are glossed over, yes it is overly serious (the 1978 version though seemed to trivialize the murders), but this version succeeds nicely for me because of Suchet's simply excellent, carefully wrought portrayal. He really IS Hercule Poirot."
John Austin | Kangaroo Ground, Australia | 01/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Agatha Christie's 1937 murder mystery adapts well to film and television format. It offers the obvious travelogue element, provides opportunities for the music and clothing fashions of the day to be presented, and its action involves a group of passengers on a journey. The 1978 film adaptation exploited all these elements lavishly. It also incorporated a series of "re-runs" of the principal murder, showing how it was possible for almost all of the passengers to have committed it. This TV adaptation, on a smaller scale in all respects, provides enough of the entertainment, the suspense, and the final shock revelation to add up to a very satisfying treatment.
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.