"Do not allow evil into your heart. It will make a home there."
Though clearly not as popular as Murder on the Orient Express, I think Death on the Nile is the superior Agatha Christie adaptation, and an excellent whodunnit. For one, Peter Ustinov is a wittier, warmer, less blustery Poirot than Albert Finney. For another, the rest of the cast is superb: highlights include sultry Lois Chiles, hysterical Mia Farrow, disapproving Maggie Smith, a perpetually sozzled Angela Lansbury, and David Niven being his usual charming self. Moreover, the direction by John Guillermin (The Towering Inferno) is surprisingly effective, while Anthony Shaffer's screenplay is indelibly constructed and filled with delectable witticisms. On the whole, a lovely surprise.