YMMV / Death on the Nile

  • Crowning Moment of Funny: In the film, Race's reaction to Louise's opinion of the crime, after everyone has been commenting on how many different motives there are and how much they disliked the murder victim.
    Louise: Cette pauvre Madame Doyle! Tout le monde l'aimait.
    Poirot: She says that - er - all the world loved Madame Doyle.
    Race: Well, at least that's a fresh approach.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: While talking with Poirot, Rosalie unexpectedly goes on a tirade about how jealous she is of Linnet, and how she knows feeling like that is wrong but she can't stop it. Poirot reassures her that it's perfectly natural, and that it's good not to bottle up one's feelings.
    • "But, thank God, there is happiness in the world."
      "As you say, Madame, thank God for it."
    • Jackie's last words in the epilogue.
    "It's all right, Simon. A fool's game, and we've lost. That's all."
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Mr Choudhury, the Karnak manager, is a downplayed example in the 1978 film. He is portrayed in a very stereotypical manner, and a couple of comments are dropped by other characters at his expense.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the 1978 film, Angela Lansbury playing a female author caught in a mystery. Who at one point boasts about her sleuthing skills.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Linnet's murder is one, especially considering that Simon strung her along, pretending to love her as she did him, and then shot her in her sleep.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Simon and Jackie were very much in love, and could have been happy together but for Simon's greed which ultimately brought about both their deaths.
      • Made even sadder by Jackie's speech in the epilogue. There's no violence or crazed ranting- she politely and calmly explains that she killed Linnet, and why, and that she scarcely regrets it. It makes it all the easier to empathize with her.
    • Linnet, arguably; while she did steal Simon away from Jackie, she clearly did love him very much and felt guilty about her actions towards Jackie so the fact that he was just stringing her along in order to kill her does end up stinging a little bit.
    • Poirot informing Rosalie that he knows her mother's an alcoholic.
  • Values Dissonance: Poirot tells Linnet that there's nothing the police can do about Jackie following her and Simon around all the time because, as long as she doesn't actually threaten them, she isn't doing anything illegal. Stalking and harassment laws obviously hadn't been invented yet.
    • Cornelia's cousin is shocked at the notion of her marrying for love, especially when it leads Cornelia to reject a wealthier man.