YMMV / Death on the Nile

  • 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: When Linnet meets Simon, there is a brief monologue in which she reflects on how happy Jacqueline is to be with him and how lucky she is to have someone she cares that deeply about, which leads to Linnet realising how truly lonely and unhappy she is for her all her apparent success and beauty, because she doesn't have anyone like that in her life. Of course, then she steals Simon away from Jacqueline, which puts a dent in the sympathy somewhat.
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: With The Reveal that Simon never loved Linnet and married her only to get her money, kill her and marry Jackie afterward, Linnet becomes this. She's blamed for stealing away Simon, but no one mentions that he made the choice to switch beaus. If he were truly honorable, he would have refused her.
  • 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.
    • At one point early in the novel, Egyptian street vendors are described as a “flock of human flies”.