Murder on the Orient Express


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Jacqueline Bisset as Countess Andrenyi
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Lauren Bacall as Mrs. Hubbard
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Sean Connery as Col. Arbuthnot
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Vanessa Redgrave as Mary Debenham
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2 hr 8 min
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23.976 fps
2 hr 8 min
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Reviewed by ackstasis8 / 10

"Can you give me your solemn oath - as a foreigner?"

I don't mind telling you that my head nearly exploded during the opening credits: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Michael York, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, John Gielgud! Not to mention that 'Murder on the Orient Express (1974)' was directed by Sidney Lumet, one of my favourite filmmakers, and adapted from an Agatha Christie novel. It was only recently that I had my first encounter with noted Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, having enjoyed a few television episodes with David Suchet in the title role. Finney's Poirot is perhaps too much of a caricature, emphasising the cartoonish silliness of the character rather than the quiet superiority found in Suchet's portrayal (however, I'm not familiar with Christie's novel, and perhaps he was simply written that way). Nevertheless, the remainder of the ensemble cast provides stellar support.

Hercule Poirot is aboard a trans-European express train when a wealthy man (Widmark) is murdered in the neighbouring sleeping compartment. Poirot has a dozen suspicious suspects to choose from, and you'll never pick who did it. Such a large supporting cast may have proved difficult to depict without placing undue emphasis on any one character (and perhaps two hours is insufficient time to thoroughly explore everyone's motives),but Lumet does a good job of bringing together all the loose threads. Red herrings are scattered from right to left, and only Poirot himself can discern the real evidence from the decoys. Ingrid Bergman won her third Oscar for her role as shy missionary Greta, and I do love Ingrid, but the highlight for me was Lauren Bacall's insufferably loquacious Mrs Hubbard. For some high-class entertainment with some prestigious company, 'Murder on the Orient Express' is a surefire winner.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird9 / 10

Superb acting lifts this superb film!

I also really like And Then There Were None and Witness For the Prosecution, but this is a superb film nonetheless. It manages to be better than most of the Peter Ustinov films, though I liked Death On The Nile and Evil Under The Sun, not so much Appointment With Death.

The acting was superb, as is nearly always the case with Agatha Christies. Albert Finney makes the role of Hercule Poirot his own in an Oscar-nominated performance. I do prefer David Suchet's portrayal as Poirot, as I am more familiar with him, but that doesn't mean Finney didn't do a splendid job, because he did. He was well-supported by actors such as Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud and Ingrid Bergman, among others.

The plot is a little complicated, about the disappearance and death of a young girl, and then a man in connection with her death is found murdered on the train. Typical Christie fashion. The final solution, ranks along Miss Christie's best, if you hadn't read the book beforehand, like me, you wouldn't have guessed it.

The cinematography is beautiful, the costumes are glamorous, the music is atmospheric. the film goes at a fast pace, and the acting and Sidney Lumet's direction are great. Young viewers will find it very complicated upon first viewing, but this film deserves a 9/10. Bethany Cox

Reviewed by bkoganbing8 / 10

A well executed murder in every sense of the word.

Murder on the Orient Express started a nice trend in filming some of the most stylish of Agatha Christie novels by producer John Brabourne. Although Albert Finney who does a fine job as the Belgian Sleuth Hercule Poirot declined to do further films with Poirot, Peter Ustinov more than amply took up the slack in later productions.

Richard Widmark is an American expatriate traveling on the famous Orient Express train and he's been receiving mysterious death threats. As it happens Poirot is on the train also and refuses Widmark's offer to be a bodyguard.

Widmark is later stabbed to death in his compartment and while the train is stranded somewhere in Yugoslavia due to snow drifts, Poirot investigates the murder in the best Agatha Christie tradition. Of course in that same tradition the plotters would have gotten away with it more than likely had Poirot and his little gray cells not been present.

Widmark as it also turns out was a gangster who had to flee America because he was named as the mastermind of a horrific crime that shocked the nation. There are a whole lot of people who had reason to want him dead.

Poirot conducts his inquiry of the other passengers and they are quite a crew consisting of among others, Lauren Bacall, Michael York, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Wendy Hiller, Rachel Roberts, Vanessa Redgrave, Jacqueline Bissett, etc.

Of course I won't tell you the solution, but here's a hint. Note what Sean Connery says while he's being grilled.

It's a great ensemble cast of course with a bunch of seasoned players doing their thing. Ingrid Bergman got a Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of a simple soul who is a missionary. I'm betting the critics noted that her part was offbeat casting for her which she pulled off. In any event she was surprised as all get out when her name was read at the Oscars in 1975. In accepting the award she got up and said quite matter-of-factly that fellow nominee Valentina Cortese deserved it. Of course she didn't turn it down.

As I said, this was one elaborately planned murder and I think you will enjoy seeing Poirot unravel it and what happens later.

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