Jacqueline who has been drinking becomes hysterical, pulls a pistol from her purse and shoots Simon in the leg. Linnet has also upset her maid Louise Felicite du Jeu by interfering in her romantic affairs. Unfortunately, everyone on board had a reason to kill her. Ustinov's Poirot and Maggie Smith, Betty Davis, Angela Landsbury, Mia Farrow and David Niven are just fabulous. Poirot tries to figure out who did it while the bodies start to pile up. The book, from which this film was adapted, is probably one of Agatha Christie's best.
But Linnet has married Jacqueline's fiance instead and when she is found murdered on her honeymoon, Jacqueline is the most obvious suspect. Item is in original shrink wrap if applicable. Indeed the whole film seems rather tongue in cheek, with the all star cast having fun with their roles. Angela Landsbury obviously enjoying herself runs away with the movie as an alcoholic novelist. But soon, of course, there is a murder, prompting the once-great detective to take on the case.
The usual star's cast playing the suspects that distract our attention in this one has the always reliable David Niven, the great Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, George Kennedy, Jane Birkin, Jack Warden, Jon Finch, Olivia Hussey and a magnificent Angela Lansbury as usual. Although Jacqueline is a natural suspect she has a perfect alibi, having been sedated and watched all night by Cornelia Robson. Hubbard, Martin Balsam as Bianchi, Ingrid Bergman as Greta, Jacqueline Bisset as Countess Andrenyi, Sean Connery as Col. However, the decision to bring out the humour in many of the situations with some lovely one-liners from Suchet is pure Agatha Christie. Of course, the ever dependable Poirot is on hand to solve the incredibly cleverly planned crime.
I never got bored watching this. Ustinov gives a stern but comic portrayal of Poirot which is balanced with the casting of Ustinov's close friend David Niven as Colonal Race, Poirot's sidekick. Flavorful, and highly amusing whenever Bette Davis and Maggie Smith have a go at some wisecracks, with an ending that will surprise you if you fail to catch some of the clues. The missing pearls are returned by Cornelia Robson, who has recovered them from Miss Van Schuyler, but they are discovered to be a paste replica. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees.
Rosalie Otterbourne and aristocrat-turned-Marxist Mr Ferguson take an instant dislike to Linnet. I found it entertaining from start to finish. The characters are supposed to be quirky -- and they are. Also making the film a treat is the wonderful cast. The best performance in the movie is turned in by the great Angela Lansbury as Salome Otterbourne, an alcoholic romance novelist caught up in the dangerous adventure. As such, this version is on the whole a great success, and I certainly recommend it for dedicated Christie fans and others who just want a bit of fun! Please note I'm not revealing the ending.
Then I thought maybe Angela Lansbury was only pretending to be drunk. Dressed in a fantastic Nino Rota score, Jack Cardiff does his marvelous thing and Anthony Powell envelopes the stars in costumes that are not only stunning but character revealing in the most entertaining way. Half drunk all the time and all drunk half the time, she bats those awning-sized eyelashes, rolls her eyes at the overhead, practically swoons with self-love, and is utterly magnetic. David Niven has the least colorful role and can do little with it as he endeavors to help Poirot solve the mystery. Although Suchet these days doesn't emphasise the little quirks of his character, he is still on form here supported ably by James Fox in the role formerly played by David Niven.
One night, after most of the guests have retired to their cabins, Jacqueline and Simon have an argument in the lounge. I've had a great time watching these with friends and family and all of Ustinov's Poirot movies are worth watching and re-watching. Angela Lansbury should have had the Oscar for best supporting actress that year for her tipsy, dipsy authoress. I think she should have gotten an Oscar nomination for her work here. To be honest they all gave this film their best.
The usual unsavory or suspicious characters are aboard, all of them done very well. The cast, however, is very good in their roles. A definite 10 out of 10. While staying in the same hotel as the newlyweds, he is approached by Linnet Doyle who is getting tired of Jacqueline's harassment. The climax of the film is quite surprising, and unlike many mysteries, does not cheat the viewer by withholding vital information until the last moment.
Angela Lansbury is also a scene stealer as a tipsy, uninhibited novelist who does a hilarious tango with David Niven. David Niven just tags along with Ustinov helping him solve the mystery. The script fashioned from one of her best works gives a number of interesting actors roles they can chew the scenery with--and most of them do. The only real flaw is the film's tendency to move at a rather slow pace before things get more intense. Lois Chiles is the spoiled rich heiress that is murdered under strange circumstances she looks for it all the time.