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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

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(150) comments

  • Alex KJuly 9, 2011Reply

    A truly superb mystery film. Great performances, great dialogue, and great direction, everything comes together to make a movie the likes of which aren’t seen anymore.

  • Evan TJuly 11, 2011Reply

    very good whodunit with a great cast

  • Eric AJuly 24, 2011Reply

    Another stunner from the best-selling author of all time. Every time I watch this movie, or any of its remakes, I forget how it ends, and it always astonishes me.

  • Liz GJuly 25, 2011Reply

    Had no idea it was Albert Finney until I saw the credits! Excellent suspense and I agree: points for “atmosphere, period detail, and richness of characterization.”

  • David SJuly 28, 2011Reply

    The only truly great adaption of an Agatha Christie novel; her best book: The Murder of Roger Aykroyd. Ooh, my first book review!

  • Iza CAugust 9, 2011Reply

    Everything seems to be just perfect in this movie – the cast, the production, the storyline. It certainly deserves all the accolades it could get from the industry.

  • Zeke TAugust 10, 2011Reply

    Well done. Great plot, fun to follow the mystery, but it didn’t seem to dig at anything deep. So for that reason, it gets 70%.

  • Eddie KAugust 15, 2011Reply

    Great cast, but overrated.

  • Bengt WAugust 26, 2011Reply

    Alla är med! Inte nog med det, alla spelar över för att märkas! Albert Finney verkar ha haft mest prestationsångest och gör en fullständigt motbjudande Poirot. En omedelbar klassiker med andra ord.

  • Jack WAugust 29, 2011Reply

    Two things stand out to me as remarkable when I watch Murder on the Orient Express (Sydney Lumet, 1974). The first is the outstanding ensemble cast led by Albert Finney and peppered with a who’s who list of actors. Second is the truly dazzling work overseen by the great Sydney Lumet. His work is often overlooked when it comes to the great directors and that is a tragic error. First, the cast.

    Agatha Christie’s quirky protagonist Hercule Poirot (Finney) leads us through a never ending series of twists and turns, lies and deceptions on the part of the ensemble of culpable characters. The film opens with the abduction and disappearance of Daisy Armstrong and this sets the criminal activity in motion. Poirot is a guest aboard the famed Orient Express and from the beginning the insidious looks, the sneaky movements and plotting are afoot. When Cosetti (Richard Widmark) the true villain is murdered (remember the key word true) Poirot is tasked with finding out the identity of the killer. Here is where a brilliant ensemble cast shines brightest. Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman are the two brightest of the group, long stars making appearances as good as any they ever put to screen. Also giving stellar turns are Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Perkins and others. But this cast is only as great as their intrepid lead, Albert Finney. Finney plays the quirky Poirot to a fine point. He captures the essence of a man who uses intellect and reasoning and who has no care for the finer subtleties of when he must deal with those vastly inferior to his intellect. This film is truly a showcase for how great an actor Finney is, and like the films great director often he is overlooked when it comes to placing such stars in context.

    And to overlook Lumet is truly a crime worthy of a Poirot type investigation. Lumet’s films do not have the overarching ‘Lubitsch touch’ nor do they speak on broad social matters like a Wilder film. But what Lumet lacks for in grandness of vision he makes up for in consistent quality and this film is full of quality. From the opening sequences where Lumet sums up the earlier crime through vintage style newsreel footage, this film displays itself as a throwback. Throughout the film Lumet also displays varying color schemes, setting mood and tone and different plot points. The overall production design is outstanding, with costumes that are rich and full, and set design that makes the film feel as if it was actually filmed in Istanbul station and aboard the Express herself. Lumet also works wonders with shots of the train and anyone who loves film needs to read his great book ‘Making Movies’. This book is an essential to any aspiring filmmaker. From top to bottom, truly a great film.

  • Jack WAugust 29, 2011Reply

    Two things stand out to me as remarkable when I watch Murder on the Orient Express (Sydney Lumet, 1974). The first is the outstanding ensemble cast led by Albert Finney and peppered with a who’s who list of actors. Second is the truly dazzling work overseen by the great Sydney Lumet. His work is often overlooked when it comes to the great directors and that is a tragic error. First, the cast.

    Agatha Christie’s quirky protagonist Hercule Poirot (Finney) leads us through a never ending series of twists and turns, lies and deceptions on the part of the ensemble of culpable characters. The film opens with the abduction and disappearance of Daisy Armstrong and this sets the criminal activity in motion. Poirot is a guest aboard the famed Orient Express and from the beginning the insidious looks, the sneaky movements and plotting are afoot. When Cosetti (Richard Widmark) the true villain is murdered (remember the key word true) Poirot is tasked with finding out the identity of the killer. Here is where a brilliant ensemble cast shines brightest. Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman are the two brightest of the group, long stars making appearances as good as any they ever put to screen. Also giving stellar turns are Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Perkins and others. But this cast is only as great as their intrepid lead, Albert Finney. Finney plays the quirky Poirot to a fine point. He captures the essence of a man who uses intellect and reasoning and who has no care for the finer subtleties of when he must deal with those vastly inferior to his intellect. This film is truly a showcase for how great an actor Finney is, and like the films great director often he is overlooked when it comes to placing such stars in context.

    And to overlook Lumet is truly a crime worthy of a Poirot type investigation. Lumet’s films do not have the overarching ‘Lubitsch touch’ nor do they speak on broad social matters like a Wilder film. But what Lumet lacks for in grandness of vision he makes up for in consistent quality and this film is full of quality. From the opening sequences where Lumet sums up the earlier crime through vintage style newsreel footage, this film displays itself as a throwback. Throughout the film Lumet also displays varying color schemes, setting mood and tone and different plot points. The overall production design is outstanding, with costumes that are rich and full, and set design that makes the film feel as if it was actually filmed in Istanbul station and aboard the Express herself. Lumet also works wonders with shots of the train and anyone who loves film needs to read his great book ‘Making Movies’. This book is an essential to any aspiring filmmaker. From top to bottom, truly a great film.

  • Lorne GSeptember 6, 2011Reply

    While it is fun watching an all-star cast in a well-made production play out Christie’s novel, it’s just not as engrossing as reading it.

  • Andrew MSeptember 14, 2011Reply

    Brilliant characters, makeup, dress…the staging. Each role as crucial as the next. An amalgamation of eccentric grandeur.

  • Blake PSeptember 22, 2011Reply

    “Murder on the Orient Express” is probably, if not, the most famous adaption of an Agatha Christie novel ever. Christie, known for her use of whodunits in every book she wrote, always was smart, and always have a twist ending, which of course, the film adaption does have. Here’s what happens– an extremely unliked billionaire (Richard Widmark) is murdered on the famous Orient Express. It seems that everyone on board (Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Jaqueline Bisset, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Michael York, Wendy Hiller, and Colin Blakely) has a reason to kill the man. But luckily, Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) is on board, and is willing to solve who did the deed. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, “Why didn’t this guy give this five stars?” I have my reasons. Of course the film is good, it has the best cast ever, it has a great script, wonderful performances, and a great ending, however, it isn’t as entertaining as I was hoping. Yes, you get Poirot questioning everybody on board as usual, and yes, you get the whole “round ’em up” thing at the end, but the film is very low on suspense, which other adaptions like “Death on the Nile” and “The Mirror Crack’d” have. But, this is only a small factor– the rest of the film is absolutely brilliant. Every performance is perfect– it’s strange how they only singled out only Bergman and Finney for Oscar’s considering much of the supporting cast (mostly Bacall and Hiller) do phenomenal jobs, and Finney’s portrayal of Poirot is ridiculously awesome. “Murder on the Orient Express” is the archetypal whodunit that is a must-watch.

  • Ryan GSeptember 28, 2011Reply

    A stunningly realized rendition of Agatha Christie’s superb thriller. Setting itself apart from its contemporaries, Lumet embraces the whimsical fun of the train movie, while providing his world with a sort of glitzy dread. Anchored by Albert Finney’s wonderful turn as Hercule Poirot and Richard Rodney Bennett’s waltzy score, Sydney Lumet turns out one of the most satisfying but perhaps morally complex conclusions to grace the genre.

  • sean bOctober 6, 2011Reply

    Unlike the extremely disappointing versions of And Then There were None and The Alphabet Murders, this one does Agatha Christie justice. Albert Finney is brilliant as Poirot. I like this more than Death on the Nile(which I thought was very good) but even Finney can’t hold a candle to David Suchet as Poirot. Excellent nonetheless.

  • Carly TOctober 8, 2011Reply

    This was a really good movie. i’ve read the book many times and had wanted to see the movie for a while. I loved all the characters but the reason i gave it only 4 and a half stars was because it was sometimes hard to understand the characters because they all speak with strong accents. I recommend watching with subtitles, which i turned on about halfway through the movie. it worked for me.

  • Bret FNovember 4, 2011Reply

    This was such a cool movie with a surprise ending.

  • Russell FNovember 6, 2011Reply

    With an all star murder mystery cast, Sidney Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express is undeniably the best adaptation of any Agatha Christie novel. Albert Finney is marvelous as the dapper Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this classy and glamorous whodunit. An elegant and lavish production, Murder on the Orient Express is a cinematically beautiful and flawlessly directed movie that steams along tracks without ever going off the rails. Lumet keeps you guessing from departure to destination is this underrated masterful classic.

  • Itai BNovember 11, 2011Reply

    Took me an hour to realize who is Finney here…:-)

  • Rob HNovember 12, 2011Reply

    It’s an all-star cast in a murder/mystery that you don’t really know whodonut – even though there are clues – until Poirot’s eight-page speech at the end of the movie.

  • Ian PNovember 20, 2011Reply

    An all star cast and an interesting, entertaining murder mystery.

  • Rainer KNovember 27, 2011Reply

    A Pure crime mystery classic and although I haven’t read the book you can feel the spirit of Agatha Christie’s work come to life.
    I’ve never seen a film before that looks and feels like a novel while you’re watching it. The little details and sidenotes that are important features in novels all get some recognition in this adaptation which is only one reason to praise director Lumet.

    Good direction was mandatory to do a film in such tight space and with so many stars. Lumet’s style was perfect for this particular kind of film as he stayed in the background and didn’t incorporate fancy or spectacular stuff but let his all-star cast just do what they do best.

    And as you can expect – the acting is superb – no surprise considering this sick cast: Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, Lauren Bacall (soooo good), Ingrid Bergman, Jean-Pierre Cassel, John Gielgud (plays a flawless British butler), Vanessa Redgrave and Frank Widmark (a personification of an American – and more than that – he is so efficient in his role als slimy businessman that you almost cheer when he gets murdered).

    To go into detail and describe all the characters and motifs would break the mould and my memory and many know the Agatha Christie novel anyways.

    Nothing beats a good crime mystery, especially if it’s that well-made and with that kind of cast.

  • Benjamin NDecember 8, 2011Reply

    Great dialogue and what a cast !

  • Sean DJanuary 18, 2012Reply

    “Murder on the Orient Express,” based on the Agatha Christie novel, is a unique and wonderful murder mystery that will thrill and entertain until its climatic conclusion. Add to this a wonderful all-star cast, and you have one hell of movie. An American businessman is murdered on… well… the Orient Express and famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is asked to put his vacation on hold and solve the murder while the train is snowbound. Albert Finney does a stupendous job as Poirot. Finney’s Poirot is hilarious and quirky, but can also silence a room and frighten, like in the marvellous scene wherein he delivers his conclusion to the scene. To say that Finney has a wonderful supporting cast is a severe understatement. In fact, to say that they “support” would be the wrong word. Each character, despite some of their brief time on screen, is well-developed. You feel you know the character well in such a short time. It also helps when you have such strong actors holding these roles down. Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, the legendary Sir John Gielgud and Michael York all bring life to what could easily be background characters. My personal favourite was Anthony Perkins as the uneasy assistant to the murdered American (played by Richard Widmark). His facial expressions and the way he delivers the expertly crafted script is executed to perfection. Some might say that everyone in the movie is overacting. I would also say yes. But I would say that master director Sidney Lumet had them overact on purpose in order to sensationalize the mystery. Overall, I seriously recommend this movie. It has a great cast with phenomenal acting and expert directing. See it… if you can find it. :

  • Jon CFebruary 4, 2012Reply

    based on the popular story by Agatha Christie ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ takes place in the 1930’s with several passengers aboard a train in Europe
    during the trip a man is murdered and the train is stuck near a snow avalanche
    Hercule Poirot is then asked to investigate the mystery and everyone is a suspect
    do they all have something in common with one another? was the crime committed by one assailant or more? the opening also lays the foundation for a small girl who died years prior so that may have a deep connection as well
    it’s a very big cast with some of the 1970’s most popular talent from Albert Finney to Vanessa Redgrave to Anthony Perkins to Sean Connery
    keep in mind this is more of an ol’-fashioned murder mystery and it’s very dialogue-heavy but it’s interesting to see this detective piece together everything leading to one hell of a reveal
    the actors are top-notch, the suspense is clever, and it feels more light-hearted than today’s darker stories
    still a classic case of who-dunnit at it’s finest

  • Dan MFebruary 6, 2012Reply

    Classic! Agatha Christie was a true genius!

  • Kearn RFebruary 23, 2012Reply

    What a well crafted murder mystery, with excellent performances from the actors.

  • Sreeraj MMarch 11, 2012Reply

    starry. old world charm. enjoyable.

  • Angeliki MMarch 16, 2012Reply

    one of the best books of Agatha Christie.I love her books.She is a genius.I never thought that all of them murdered him.Albert Finney excellent and Jaqueline Bisset was like an angel…

  • Jonathan BMarch 18, 2012Reply

    I’m sure if I would have seen Murder on the Orient Express upon its initial release in 1974, my reaction would have been much different than it is today. As is, time has not been the kindest to it nearly 40 years hence. The most glaring flaws are the lack of tension, which is absolutely crucial to a murder mystery set in as confined of space as a train, and subsequently my lack of investment in the characters or who actually committed the deed. The acting is fine for the most part, although in my opinion not worthy of the accolades bestowed up on it, and the writing is serviceable, but for whatever reason the film really, really drags, robbing a good deal of the enjoyment from it. Albert Finney’s character is certainly eccentric, and it is amusing to see how he methodically cracks the case, while the ending is wrapped up with a neat but unsurprising touch, but again the pacing drains away whatever good intentions it had building. I’m a huge Sidney Lumet fan, and his shot selections outside the train were kind of cool in an unsettling way, but this far from stands alongside his other classic work.

  • Jonathan BApril 29, 2012Reply

    Sidney Lumet’s opulent version of the Agatha Christie whodunit has a marvellous cast and memorable score. The scenes at the railway station where the cast assembles and the fabled train moves off is wonderfully realised. There’s clichà (C)s aplenty and a barrel full of red herrings but I suspect that these days, most people watching know the plot backwards and simply want an afternoon nostalgia fix. Albert Finney is magnificent as Hercule Poirot and the glittering ensemble cast all play to their individual strengths, I particularly like Wendy Hiller as the scary Princess Dragomiroff. Film techniques have changed a great deal since this was made in 1974 but there’s no mistaking the class and quality of the craftsmanship that went into this movie.

  • Hannah DMay 5, 2012Reply

    When it comes to film versions of murder mystery novels, I guess you can’t have the best of both worlds and get the most out of both book and film as you know the outcome, so while there was no suspense, it was still enjoyable watching everything I imagined in the book (which I loved by the way) being played out on screen, especially the haunting scene of the figure in the kimono parading the corridor! And then there are the beautiful scenes of the steam train stuck in a snow drift.

  • Frank JJune 6, 2012Reply

    Adaptation plaisante du roman d’Agatha Christie, mais plus ou moins réussie. Comme pour toute adaptation, l’adaptation cinématographique des personnages comme Hercule Poirot déçoit un peu, mais c’est surtout sa logique inéductable qui ne peut se traduire sur écran, logique qui se veut d’ailleurs le principal attrait des romans policiers.

  • Muhammad KJune 14, 2012Reply

    Good mystery movie , it have a really nice twist ending which you don’t find it anymore .

  • Darren HJune 16, 2012Reply

    To me the definitive Hercule Poirot will always be Peter Ustinov, but in 1974 Albert Finney tackled the role in this excellent adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name and the movie continues to this day as one of my very favorite whodunnit’s – thank goodness it is finally making its way to DVD.
    Starring a cast that is simply incredible this movie set the standard for the Ustinov star studded movies that would follow (starting with 1978’s DEATH ON THE NILE). Included on the list of stars are such names as Sean Connery, Jacqueline Bisset, Sir John Gielgud, Richard Widmark, Vanessa Redgrave, Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Perkins.
    Aboard the Orient Express a businessman (played by Widmark) with a mysterious past is murdered in the middle of the night. Desperate to resolve the matter before they arrive at the next major stop on the line (to avoid a lengthy police investigation) Hercule Poirot is persuaded by an executive for the train company to begin his own investigation. An avalanche over the line gives Poirot plenty of time to interview all the passengers and make his conclusions as to the guilty party (or parties).
    When Finney’s Poirot faces off with the fellow passengers and describes his account of how the murder was committed and by whom you will be amazed – astounded. It’s this very element and the star power of this movie that carries this intriguing mystery far above the standard whodunnit fare.
    The movie is well plotted, the acting beyond reproach and the direction steady and inspired. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is a triumph in every respect, and when you consider it takes it’s story from the worlds most read and respected mystery author it’s not difficult to see why.

  • Tom HJune 19, 2012Reply

    The cast alone is reason enough to see this film. Fortunately the plot is also smart and entertaining.

  • Patryk CJuly 25, 2012Reply

    A very decent adaptation of a famous Agatha Christie book. Packed with an all-star cast and peculiar atmosphere, this mystery thriller is full of grand suspense. This challenging story is presented in a very relevant manner, making Hercule Poirot’s investigation very engaging and demanding in its complexity. What’s more, it also gives a lot of fun for the viewer, who will go on trying to put all the clues together, in order to find out the truth before Poirot starts talking.

  • Dave LAugust 8, 2012Reply

    Everyone loves Agatha Christie but this film version from the usually stellar Sidney Lumet is a bit dated and just OK. Sure, the cast is filled with top performers and the execution itself isn’t horrible but the pacing is a little slow and the murder mystery not all that compelling. By the time we get around to the end, everything is tied up so neat and tidy that it makes the audience roll their eyes at everything that has come before. In other words, the ending sucked.

  • Nik MAugust 26, 2012Reply

    This murder mystery is delightfully suspenseful with a wonderful cast. Taking place on a train, lit beautifully gloomy and suspiciously, setting a tone with its underlying classist themes.

  • Kevin LAugust 30, 2012Reply

    Basada en una de las novelas más conocidas de Agatha Christie, narra la historia de un asesinato perpetrado durante un viaje en el legendario Orient Express. La investigación del famoso detective Hercules Poirot (Albert Finney) para encontrar al culpable tropieza con grandes dificultades, pues los ilustres pasajeros disponen de una coartada que parece excluirles como sospechosos. Inmejorable reparto para un film que consiguió un Óscar (mejor actriz secundaria:Ingrid Bergman) y seis nominaciones.

  • Jude PSeptember 17, 2012Reply

    Spooky though the excitement at it’s max from start to end. Signature Lumet project.

  • Capo MSeptember 18, 2012Reply

    one of the best crime movie 🙂

  • Eduardo LSeptember 26, 2012Reply

    Albert Finney is Inspector Clouseau without the slapstick and is an absolute delight!

  • Tomas TOctober 7, 2012Reply

    Sidney Lumet depiction of Agatha Christie’s novel Murder on the Orient Express immerses viewer in intriguing murder mystery with the legendary Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

    First and foremost the story of the Murder on the Orient Express is absolutely fantastic and proves unquestionably why Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. A murder taking place on a long train ride from Constantinopol with a group of seemingly unrelated passengers offers the perfect mystery for our beloved investigator Hercule Poirot to solve.

    The director Sidney Lumet deserves recognition for successfully capturing the atmosphere and mystery aspects of the novel so well and transforming the complex story into film format successfully. But despite nice directing and technically sound production, the low score is due to the fact that I have grown up watching Hercule Poirot being portrayed by David Suchet in the TV series and consider him to be the one and only true Hercule Poirot. Thus Albert Finney’s impersonation of Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express as yelling and frantic investigator just did not feel right and had an adverse impact on my judgement for the tittle.

  • Calvin COctober 7, 2012Reply

    An all-star cast directed by one of the great filmmakers of our time. Albert Finney is awesome in this old school murder mystery.

    Grade: A-

  • Ross LOctober 28, 2012Reply

    No thanks. Boring. Hercule Poirot was annoying. I’m not a fan of this kind of detective story unless it’s in the movie Clue. Sorry classic movie lovers. I won’t like a classic just because it’s a classic.

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  • Vasilis TNovember 25, 2012Reply

    Perfect story, perfect actors but still his movie does not worth its money…

  • Paul DDecember 11, 2012Reply

    My most favourite of them all! I can watch it, & watch it, & watch it, & watch it, & watch it, & watch it! A pot of tea, biscuits and cake, your Sunday evening will be set! 😀

  • September ODecember 15, 2012Reply

    Flawless. Excellent.

  • Arlo LDecember 26, 2012Reply

    My complaints are mainly with the source material. Albert Finney, the reason I watched this movie, is great, but I couldn’t get over the rest of movie. I especially didn’t like the ending, which had somehow been out there for 80 years without me hearing it. The actual solving of the murder in quite good, but how the findings are used is what I have a problem with.

  • Stuart MJanuary 4, 2013Reply

    Not really enough happening for my taste. I usually like this kind of deductive reasoning thing, but it’s just a series of interviews followed by a big reveal. I like a little more plot in my films. Finney is fun as Poirot but that’s the main plus in seeing this film.

  • Niklas JJanuary 5, 2013Reply

    Compared to the newer adaptations of Agatha Christie, this movie is lacking considerably.

  • Kevin LJanuary 8, 2013Reply

    In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

  • Johnny TFebruary 8, 2013Reply

    Much of the film truly does belong to Finney’s Poirot — and to his scenes with Martin Balsam and George Colouris –all of which are endlessly entertaining and fascinating. A classy colorful entertainment, the film offers some pleasures, prime among which is spotting the stars, all name actors playing small roles. The major fun in watching Sidney Lumet’s glitzy version of Agatha Christie is spotting the stars and observing their accents and eccentricties. Only Finney goes to extra length here to play the finicky Poirot, though for some reason Bergman was singled out for an Academy Award. The real knockout performance comes from Finney, deservedly nominated for an eccentric turn that’s unlike anything else he’s ever attempted. What I liked best about this movie is its style, both the deliberately old-fashioned visual strategies used by director Sidney Lumet, and the cheerful overacting of the dozen or more suspects. There is hardly anything more I can tell you, or even hint, about the plot, except that nothing is as it seems (and you knew that already about a movie based on an Agatha Christie book).

    VERDICT: “High-Quality Stuff” – [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent. (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)

  • Guillaume HMarch 18, 2013Reply

    This never gets old. every actor shines, the plot is not tedious ( like those kind of things can be). The direction by Sidney Lumet is very elegant and makes the most of his impressive cast ( redgrave, bergman, perkins, connery, bacall etc etc…) Also the pacing of the rising tension is perfectly calculated in the tightness of each sequence, an excellent crescendo

  • Carlos KApril 11, 2013Reply

    Una fabulosa follie de crimen y sospecha. Glamorosa a más no poder. Lumet derrocha clase y los actores… tal vez el mejor reparto de la historia del cine. Fascinante Bacall, conmovedora Bergman, deslumbrante Bisset, un tour de force para Finney como Poirot, etc, etc. Un clásico con uno de los valses más hermosos jamas compuestos que imita el sonido de un tren. Imprescindible.

  • Cody YApril 12, 2013Reply

    Some stylish directing is unable to elevate the unbearably boring script. I wonder if the original novel was as taxing? Agatha is usually a master so I’ll blame the screenwriter this time.

  • Christopher BApril 23, 2013Reply

    Having a large A-list cast isn’t a bad idea, trying to give them all enough screen time is.

  • Ben RApril 23, 2013Reply

    This is arguably the greatest ensemble cast in the history of film. So many legends, so many talents, such good acting all in one film! Not to mention, this is my favorite Agatha Christie novel. Murder on the Orient Express is a very entertaining, beautiful film that I enjoyed every minute of.

  • Christian CMay 23, 2013Reply

    Great cast, but somewhat underutilized. Good mystery.

  • John AJune 20, 2013Reply

    This All-Star Crime Drama, Picks Up Just After The Victim (Richard Widmark) Has Been Found Stabbed To Death Continues To Entertain Till The End Of The Third Act. Although The Film Is Very Dated. The Acting Performances, Script, And Direction Keeps The Viewer Roped In, And Is Definitely Worth A Watch. A Classic Piece Of Cinema Which Features Very Little Flaws.

  • Matt MJune 23, 2013Reply

    The most famous of Agatha Christie cinematic adaptations also arguably happens to be the best one. Directed by Lumet, the story of Poirot investigating the murder of an unsavoury millionaire on a night train is a stylish thriller with witty dialogue and interesting characters, with the whodunit mystery unfolding and getting darker and darker as the movie progresses to the very rewarding finale. Finney as Poirot is memorable, but the a-list support cast where each individual makes the most out of the given role adds great power and charisma to the film.

  • Andrew SJune 26, 2013Reply

    A decent film but a laughable adaptation of Christie’s famous novel that has not aged well at all. The music was over the top and didn’t match the heavy atmosphere at all and Finney’s Poirot is just awful. The supporting characters and the intrigue and screenplay are all that really make this film worthwhile watching. First time viewing rating: 6.7/10

  • Alex GJuly 2, 2013Reply

    Good acting, good story, and an interesting climax that I didn’t see coming. The only things I didn’t really care for it were it’s lack of energy in certain scenes and it seemed to function more like a play than a movie. There were a lot of talky scenes and the visual moments were few and far between. The opening sequence depicting what happened to the Armstrongs I thought was well done. As far as thrillers/whodunnits go, this is a pretty good one, though not exceptional by any means.

  • Ben CJuly 2, 2013Reply

    Sidney Lumet on the classic novel of the same name fails on almost every level. The ending: putrid. The cast: really good. The story: could have been WAY better, but I guess that is Agatha Christie’s fault.

  • Lucas BAugust 12, 2013Reply

    This movie was a bit hard to understand but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty damn good.

  • Jerin PSeptember 3, 2013Reply

    A humorous murder-mystery that comes to together nicely at the end. Lumet puts together beautiful scenes of cosmopolitan exposition.

  • Augustine HOctober 14, 2013Reply

    Sidney Lumet is surely one of the masters of confined space. The atmosphere crafted and the suffocation he exerted are overwhelming, especially when you have a shocking revelation like here.

  • Sam ANovember 6, 2013Reply

    So many impressive performances make this film truly enjoyable. Albert Finney was exceptionally funny and the supporting cast were very good. I loved the ending as well It was brilliantly concluded and made the film a lot off until watch.

  • Dankwa BNovember 8, 2013Reply

    Acting ON POINT. Directing ON POINT. The script is kinda labyrinthine, but the aforementioned on point aspects makes me want to watch it again.

  • Ken SNovember 11, 2013Reply

    Sidney Lumet brings Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” to life in this star studded film lead by Albert Finney as her famous detective Hercule Poirot. I liked this adaptation, it served the book (which I have read) quite well. I think it’s a fun mystery film, and Finney is quite fun in the lead, despite the fact that I think David Suchet is the ultimate version of Poirot, he does a solid job of bringing the character to life. If you like a classically filmed mystery, you shouldn’t be disappointed in a film like this.

  • Fredrik SNovember 23, 2013Reply

    This is a terribly theatrical and overly convoluted film that is still a worthwile watch for its extremely starstudded cast. And for the fabulous clothes. I really want one of those tweed suits that Sean Connery wears…

  • Mr. BDecember 6, 2013Reply

    I read the book before seeing the movie and it was still just as great as the book. That’s all I’m going to say without spoiling this fun whodunnit.

  • John BJanuary 13, 2014Reply

    I still think that David Suchet made the best Poirot but Albert Finney is great here as well. Possibly the best Agatha Christie story to make it to the big screen. Lumet makes it fun and the actors involved have all sorts of wonderful quirks.

  • Chris HJanuary 28, 2014Reply

    A solidly entertaining albeit predictable murder mystery that features some solid performances.

  • Chris WMarch 31, 2014Reply

    This is a film adaptation of one of many of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot stories, and it’s one star studded affair.

    This particular caper follows Detective Poirot as he investigates the titular event: a wealthy man is found dead on the train, the Orient Express. There’s a number of possible suspects, each with their own motives, and it’s up to Poirot to figure out who is responsible.

    Albert Finney is Poirot, and some of the other major players include LAuren Bacall, Ingrid BErgman, Sean Connery, Jacqueline Bisset, Richard Widmark, Vanessa Redgrave, and many more.

    The film is a good bit of fun, and it has a nice look to it, with some decent shooting, and yeah, the central murder mystery is decently engaging too. I’ll admit that things get a little slow, bogged down, and a tad bit boring in the middle, but if you happen to fall asleep, things get wrapped up and summarized before the big finish, so that’s okay too.

    All in all, this is a fun, ensemble spectacle that you should give a watch.

  • Anthony EApril 18, 2014Reply

    Fun characters, enjoyable scenes, and with a twist towards the end for those who are not fond of the book adaptation, Murder on the Orient Express makes for a great detective-type film from the original source material.

  • Matthew HApril 20, 2014Reply

    Murder on the Orient Express is an Agatha Christie classic, and is just as suspenseful and entertaining as the average Hitchcock flick. The characters, the story and the details all fit together like pieces of a puzzle here.

  • Ben BMay 23, 2014Reply

    Slow-paced but highlighted by an intelligent mystery and suspense in the moment, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ displays Agatha Christie’s ability to construct great stories and Sidney Lumet’s ability to bring them to life on the silver screen. An extraordinary cast includes Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, Lauren Bacall as Mrs. Hubbard, Ingrid Bergman as Greta, Sean Connery as Col. Arbuthnot, Martin Balsam as Bianchi, Vanessa Redgrave as Mary Debenham, and others. Finney, as the title character will at times leaving you wondering why he acts like a fool, but then you follow his investigation and nearly forget about it. It’s the range and skill of Finney that allows him to play the role of Poirot so well (Christie’s Sherlock Holmes). ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is the kind of mystery that will not end how you expect and will make you appreciate the time and care it takes to write something of this depth.

  • Fong KJune 12, 2014Reply

    Murder, she most elaborately wrote? This Agatha Christie’s adaptation is crowded with suspects, clues and the best thespians of their generation. The coda of the mystery will leave your head spinning and have you scrambling for the rewind button!

  • Shane LJune 25, 2014Reply

    Following the ancient Hollywood tradition of studding popular works of literature to the hilt with top-names, this film dared to take a crack at one of Agatha Christie’s most involved and constricted crime-thrillers, “Murder on the Orient Express.” tough Bergman takes home the Oscar for her commendable supporting role, it really isn’t practical to leave out the rest of the equally-superb cast, in particular Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Vanessa Redgrave among others (Sadly, we don’t see anything interesting from the more-than-capable Anthony Perkins, who is shamefully typecast a la Norman Bates). Masterfully crafted and painstakingly written, this movie excels in most facets of film-making, but it still stands for me that murder-mysteries make the most exciting books and the most ponderous movies. This film, however, comes damn close to making me rethink my opinion, even with its two-hour run-time. It may be a bit slow for some, but this movie is anything but intolerable, and miraculously holds tension like a taut rope throughout. And it is an egregious understatement to say that its lush musical score by Richard Rodney Bennett is absolutely charming.

  • Jordan BJuly 17, 2014Reply

    Albert Finney’s no David Suchet, but Sidney Lumet’s take on the classic mystery is stunningly well done and loyal to the book. A prime example of why Agatha Christie is second to none in the genre.

  • John MFebruary 15, 2015Reply

    Even though the entire film is basically Albert Finney explaining the plot, it’s still brilliant dialogue, suspenseful and surprising in story.

  • Scott RMarch 1, 2015Reply

    Brilliant, just brilliant

  • Kyle BSeptember 26, 2015Reply

    It’s a nice mystery with a great ensemble of movie stars with stand outs from Lauren Bacall, Anthony Perkins, and Sean Connery. Finney is great and his Oscar nomination was worthy but the win for Ingrid Bergman was a head scratcher. Sidney Lumet does a nice job directing this but it is definitely lower in his catalog of masterpieces. Excellent score, production design, and costumes.

  • Joel ADecember 29, 2015Reply

    The classic Agatha Christie vehicle a mysterious murder during the night while passengers are traveling on the Orient Express.

    There are way too many characters & it can get a little confusing but it’s worth the time cause the twist is terrific.

    Filled to the rim with an all star cast of both old & new of Hollywood Actors it’s just enjoyable enough to watch the actors. A little slow & confusing but overall entertaining.

  • Brad SFebruary 10, 2016Reply

    Finally watched this one after having it on my list for years. It’s a decent film, but what an all-star cast. Finney was a bit over the top for my taste but it was fun seeing all these stars, with Ingrid Bergman picking up her 3rd Oscar for this film. A good story and strong production value. I liked it, but didn’t love it, certainly worth a watch for sure though.

  • Jerome KMarch 12, 2016Reply

    A classic murder mystery film that holds up pretty well (though some may be disappointed by the lack of thrills). Because of the size of the ensemble, we only get brief moments with each character, but the star-studded cast easily makes each one memorable. Most of the film is spent on establishing the various characters’ backgrounds and their interviews with Detective Poirot. Then the last half hour is basically Poirot giving a long speech. Things turn out to be a lot more complicated than they appear and those who are able to get invested will find it quite intriguing.

  • Andre DMarch 29, 2016Reply

    La primera gran adaptación fílmica de una novela de Agatha Christie, dirigida por Sidney Lumet, nos presenta al gran detective belga Hercules Poirot (interpretado de manera casi patética por Albert Finney), resolviendo un asesinato en el Expreso de Oriente que incluye a 12 sospechosos. El reparto es exquisito: Ingrid Bergman, Vanessa Redgrave, Lauren Bacall, Sir John Gielgud, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins… ¿qué más puede pedir un fanático del cine? La dirección es sólida, la dirección de arte maravillosa y el final sorpresivo sigue siendo efectivo.

  • Simon DMay 1, 2016Reply

    Very strong cast and a surprising Poirot from Albert Finney. Good story but not as much action or scenery as I’d have liked from a train film.

  • Jonathan CMay 5, 2016Reply

    One of the best casts ever assembled for a whodunnit. The production value is great. And the plot has a lot of good twists, too. Agatha Christie approved.

  • Logan MJuly 4, 2016Reply

    Sidney Lumet’s assured directing and the star-filled cast over come this Agatha Christie adaptation’s overall slightness.

  • Knox MJuly 23, 2016Reply

    Nothing short of brilliant!

  • Christian HAugust 16, 2016Reply

    A definitive classic and novel adaptation about a famed detective investigating a murder, with a great twist. Starring the great Albert Finney.

  • Gregory MAugust 27, 2016Reply

    I had many issues with this movie. I guess mystery novels should remain books,because it’s obvious most of the time they can’t turn into satisfying movies. This is the case with “Murder on the Orient Express”. It’s one of the most satisfying and well written novels of Agatha Christie but it didn’t translate successfully on the big screen. The cast was incedible though I had my issues with Finney’s portrayal of Poirot, I thought his Poirot didn’t match the original Belgian detective’s character. Overall I think the movie managed to kill much of the mystery while feeling quite long and dragging.

  • Brendan NSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    Classic old fasioned whodunit based of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name. The cast is superb and Lumets direction is unquestionable brilliant. That finale where the clues are put together keeps you glued to the screen with every new beat. This is a pinnacle in detective films and I wish every film had this brilliance, who get swept up in the story that you forget to find the clues yourself.

  • Kevin M. WMay 10, 2017Reply

    A little bit of a revenge fantasy dressed up with loads of star power. Unfortunately the story is lame and unbelievable. Still its good to see the stars out. Ingrid Bergman and Albert Finney actually take the trouble to bother to act.

  • Matt BJuly 3, 2017Reply

    I think it’s great that this production attracted high-caliber talent like Bacall and Berman, even if some of the cast is under-utilized. The staging is fantastic. While taking a train in real life, I realized how romanticized my idea of train travel is thanks to Murder on the Orient Express. The twists of the murder mystery might be well known even to first-time viewers, but I still think watching the pieces fall into place is a lot of fun. After forty years, and several other adaptations of the story, this is still my favorite version.

  • Alec BAugust 7, 2017Reply

    Christie’s flaws as a writer are only magnified in the film adaptions of her work (In short, she cheats a lot) and this one is no exception. That being said, Finney’s Poirot is delightful.

  • AnonymousOctober 20, 2017Reply

    Was a very unique premise with unquestionably interesting twists, but too much convolution in my opinion. The film definitely feels dated and it was low on thrills. Albert Finney does very well with his lead character and the film keeps you guessing. The payoff seemed a bit weak but again…it was unique

  • Anthony%20 BNovember 1, 2017Reply

    This has been one of my favorite movies since I first saw in 5th grade! The production is great, the cinematography is awesome, the performances are brilliant! The only real flaw in my eyes is that Albert Finney’s portrayal of Poirot is a little less great compared to David Suchet and Peter Ustinov. Nevertheless, a basically perfect film!

  • Anonymous UserNovember 10, 2017Reply

    ***BACALL-BERGMAN-CONNERY-FINNEY-GIELGUD-HILLER-PERKINS-REDGRAVE-WIDMARK!!! ***

  • Jose Miguel GNovember 12, 2017Reply

    Albert Finney’s performance is over the top, but mostly enjoyable, as it is the film’s progression just as the genre main focus demands, and although there’s zero to non-action in Sidney Lumet’s detective-thriller, its cast makes up for the lack of mainstream development, since every aspect of the film relays on their direction and pacing, and at the end of the day, it pays off, even when the ending may represent a divisive result in regards for a general conclusion.

  • Tony PNovember 13, 2017Reply

    1974 film version of the Agatha Christie story. What with a new 2017 version hitting the cinema I decided to check this star studded version out.
    That was one of the gripes I had with this film. It was made in another era and therefore I didn’t physically recognise some of the star names with the exception of Sean Connery of course!
    The production looks lavish. Director Sidney Lumet is perhaps best known for his jury drama ’12 Angry Men’ in the black and white era. I watched and was extremely impressed with that film so I perhaps expected more here.
    Albert Finney plays detective Hercule Poirot complete with slicked back hair and elaborate moustache!
    Finney is unrecognizable from his role of Kincade in the 2012 James Bond movie ‘Skyfall.’
    I’ve never been really into detective films/dramas and never indulged in Cleudo despite been married to a Mrs. Peacock.
    I will probably check out the latest version which boasts an equal all-star cast.
    I made the mistake of attempting to watch ‘Blade Runner 2049’ before watching the original ‘Blade Runner’ film so was determined to not make the same mistake again.
    The big name cast adds some glamour to what is otherwise a pretty dull screenplay. I mean there is only so much you can do in a single railway carriage with 12 suspects to a murder.
    I’m glad I watched this version first. I’m hoping it will increase the experience of watching the new 2017 version.

  • Troy KNovember 14, 2017Reply

    Watched this after seeing the 2017 version and it pales in comparison. :/

  • Aaron LNovember 14, 2017Reply

    Finney is nowhere near as good as Suchet, but let’s not split hairs.

  • Joe ANovember 15, 2017Reply

    A Classic. Great stars and terrific acting from the who’s who of film. Beautiful set and perfect costumes. This movie is a gem. Albert Finney is superb. Much better than the new 2017 one.

  • David LNovember 16, 2017Reply

    The 1974 cinematic adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express is a perfectly solid, but highly flawed one. The first act is overlong, but the score, costumes and cinematography are all excellent and deservedly Oscar nominated. The film is engaging, faithful to its source material and with a particularly spectacular ensemble cast with everyone being well cast and giving a great performance with Oscar-winning Ingrid Bergman being the highlight. But Albert Finney is the only weak link. He is just not Poirot. He doesn’t act or look like him at all. Very bad casting coupled with terrible characterization made the most important character feel alien here.

  • delysid dNovember 17, 2017Reply

    old school murder mystery on a train with a sneaky french detective solving the shit out of it

  • Mason SNovember 19, 2017Reply

    The story manages to stay on track throughout the entire movie. Good cast, but I feel as if Albert Finney’s character could have had more natural dialogue as it was hard to understand hime sometimes. Nevertheless, great film with a classic mystery!

  • Joseph DNovember 26, 2017Reply

    As of 2018, this is still the best version of Agatha Christie’s mystery on film!

  • Jackie GDecember 12, 2017Reply

    Great cast but boring plot

  • ken hDecember 15, 2017Reply

    This movie is the worst movie i think i have ever seen. It was so predictable and boring. way too long and there are long boring conversations that have nothing to do with the movie and lead to nowhere. I almost fell asleep and asked for a refund. The ending was terrible the only good part was 30 seconds long and the sunsets. i wish i could give this a 0 star

  • bill sDecember 17, 2017Reply

    Good story with a great cast doing great work…..what is not to like?

  • Sandro RJanuary 1, 2018Reply

    An elegant and star-studded adaptation that’s mostly faithful to one of the greatest crime novels of all time.

  • Riff JFebruary 1, 2018Reply

    A remarkable achievement considering it was made in 1974. There’s murder, suspense and an overload of style. The acting is great, which would be expected due to it’s star studded cast. The setting is very appealing and hip for the time. The plot is somewhat unique, based on the Agatha Christie best selling novel.

  • Tor MFebruary 3, 2018Reply

    Agatha Cristie’s novels first adaptation, and in these days it’s up for a new film version.
    This film is taking place on a train, a murder happen, but luckily Poirot is there, doing his stuff. This is not the first film or series putting a face to the famously written character, but Albert Finney was the first actor in ten years to do so.

    We mostly witness his interrogations with the passengers. There are many clues, many details, some interesting characters and lots uf suspicion. The cast is the most impressing part for me. Incredible actors deliver but the film is for me a bit too much talk-based and too dragged for a case that never really interest me.

    Even if the dead guy got a story we get to know after a while, I never care much. it does get better after 90 minutes, where Poirot puts on a show in famous ways, as he opens up the story, giving out details that slowly proves the guilty. That’s a long scene, a good one and a definite climax of the film. It saves much of it, but not all. Smart, long, dialogue-filled film with a worthy climax.

    6 out of 10 knife wounds.

  • Dave GApril 4, 2018Reply

    Appropriately for a film with ‘murder’ in the title, this has a cast to die for, and also one which sees a glorious meeting of two Hollywood golden ages. The film, along with lead actor Albert Finney, bursts into life once the game is afoot, and even if you know the audacious twist, it’s told in disturbing and expressive style.

  • David FApril 23, 2018Reply

    This film suffers from a kind of double nostalgia that cancels out the effects of a good period film. I think during the 70s there were a number of these movies made about the Roaring Twenties or thereabouts like the Robert Redford “The Great Gatsby” that have this kind of washed out 20s filtered through the 70s style to them that just doesn’t work. Well, this is one of those movies where the music and the sets and the slicked back hair of Poirot don’t quite summon the verve of the early 20th century so much as was intended. I think this is also a story that works better on the page where the claustrophobia of the train setting isn’t quite so constraining, where the brain teaser of whodunit kind of spreads its wings with the lineup of suspects going for their interview in the dining car. There is an all star cast but sadly only some of them are able to make a strong impression. Even the sort of mixture of classes and cultures that the novel emphasizes didn’t come across strongly in the film, probably because I was distracted by the 70s-eye view of the 20s.

  • topsecret cApril 23, 2018Reply

    In Mord im Orient-Express aus dem Jahr 1974 von Sidney Lumet, geht es um eine Zugfahrt auf der ein Mord geschieht und der belgische Privatdetektiv Hercule Poirot (gespielt von Albert Finney) ermittelt. Der Film ist spannend bis zum Schluss und er hat einen teils düsteren bis fröhlichen klassischen Soundtrack. Albert Finney glänzt in seiner Rolle. Ein guter Film.

  • Andrey BMay 6, 2018Reply

    A splendid intriguing mystery delicately directed that features an incredible cast, which it was spellbinding to watch in action.

  • Kevin LJune 11, 2018Reply

    With a phenomenal cast and intellectual writing that captures the humor and suspense of the story, this 1974 rendition of Murder on the Orient Express remains a strong recommendation for mystery thrillers

  • Ola GAugust 12, 2018Reply

    In December 1935, Hercule Poirot (lbert Finney) is returning to England aboard the Orient Express, encountering his friend Signor Bianchi (Martin Balsam), a director of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, which owns the line. Aside from Poirot, the other passengers travelling on the Calais coach are: Mrs. Harriet Hubbard (Lauren Bacall), a fussy, talkative, multiple-widowed American; enigmatic American businessman Samuel Ratchett (Richard Widmark), his secretary and translator Hector McQueen (Anthony Perkins) and English manservant Beddoes (John Gielgud); elderly Russian Princess Natalia Dragomiroff (Wendy Hiller) and her German maid Hildegarde Schmidt (Rachel Roberts); Hungarian diplomat Count Rudolf Andrenyi (Michael York) and his wife Elena (Jacqueline Bisset); British Indian Army officer Col. John Arbuthnot (Sean Connery); Mary Debenham (Vanessa Redgrave), a teacher of English in Baghdad; Greta Ohlsson (Ingrid Bergman), a timid Swedish missionary to Africa on a fund-raising trip; Italian-American car salesman Antonio Foscarelli; and Cyrus B. Hardman, an American theatrical agent. The morning after the train’s departure from Istanbul, Ratchett tries to secure Poirot’s services for $15,000 since he has received many death threats, but Poirot finds the case of little interest and turns it down. That night the train is caught in heavy snows en route through Yugoslavia. Poirot is disturbed numerous times during the night. The next morning Ratchett is found stabbed to death in his cabin. Poirot and Bianchi work together to solve the case. They enlist the help of Dr. Constantine, a Greek medical doctor who was travelling in another coach with Bianchi as the only other passenger and thus is not a suspect. Pierre Michel, the French conductor of the car, also assists the investigation, as well as being a suspect…

    The film was commercially and critically well-received, as well as receiving six nominations at the 47th Academy Awards: Best Actor (Finney), Best Supporting Actress (Bergman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. Of these nominations, Bergman was the only winner. Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, writing that the film “provides a good time, high style, a loving salute to an earlier period of filmmaking”. The New York Times’ chief critic of the era, Vincent Canby, pointed out that had Dame Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express been made into a movie 40 years ago (when it was published here as “Murder on the Calais Coach”), it would have been photographed in black-and-white on a back lot in Burbank or Culver City, with one or two stars and a dozen character actors and studio contract players. Its running time would have been around 67 minutes and it could have been a very respectable B-picture. Murder on the Orient Express wasn’t made into a movie 40 years ago, and after you see the Sidney Lumet production that opened yesterday at the Coronet, you may be both surprised and glad it wasn’t. An earlier adaptation could have interfered with plans to produce this terrifically entertaining super-valentine to a kind of whodunit that may well be one of the last fixed points in our inflationary universe.” That Sidney Lumet knows how to frame an actor within his or her character is a very well known fact – “The Pawnbroker” “Network” “Dog Day Afternoon” and some other spectacular pieces of acting prove that point unquestionably. Here, there is a sort of “divertissment”. Agatha Christie given a first class treatment (not that Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple wasn’t first class, but the production value here is as impressive as the cast) in the hands of Sidney Lumet who knew how to put a bunch of sensational actors in a confined space – “12 Angry Men” for instance and make it riveting. There a 12 Angry people here too and (almost) each part is cast with relish and delight. Albert Finney, marvelous, manages, not only to survive, under the weight of his characterization but to create something bold, exquisitely structured, great fun to watch and to hear. Ingrid Bergman won her third Oscar for her missionary looking after little brown babies – I thought she was a highlight indeed but in my modest opinion, Valentina Cortese for “Day For Night” deserved it that year, Anthony Perkins plays Norman Bates’s twin brother, also with a mother fixation and a compelling facial tic. Wendy Hiller was, clearly, having a ball and that, on the screen, is always contagious. Sean Connery and Vanessa Redgrave make a surprisingly hot pair, Lauren Bacall over does it of course but who cares, Jacqueline Bisset is breathtaking, Rachel Roberts a hoot. John Gielgud is John Gielgud and that in itself is a major plus. Colin Blakely does wonders with his moment and Dennis Quilley plays his Italian as if this was a silent movie. Martin Balsam is always fun to watch, no matter the accent. Richard Widmark is splendid in his villainy and Jean Pierre Cassel very moving indeed. The only weak spot in the cast is Michael York. Totally unbelievable. I suspect that “Murder in The Orient Express” 33 years old already, will continue delighting audiences for years to come.

    “Murder on The Orient Express” is a great adapation of the Agatha Christie whodunit novel with lavish sets that ends up in a beautiful snowy landscape, a magnificent ensemble cast, firm direction from Sidney Lumet and a great story with an excellent conlusion of how the murder was done. The pace is slow, there´s a dry nice english touch of humour and we get a rich character development that adds so much to the film. I love the fact that the production managed to secure so many A-list actors/actresses in the leads and all of them gives us great performances, but of course Albert Finney stands out as the eccentric Detective Hercule Poirot. This is for sure one of the USPs of the film. This is classic 70s filmmaking.

    Trivia: Virtually all of Ingrid Bergman’s Oscar-winning performance is contained in a single scene: her interrogation by Poirot, captured in a single continuous take, nearly five minutes long.

    After several disappointing film adaptations, Agatha Christie initially refused to sell the film rights to any more of her books, but EMI chairman Nat Coleman enlisted the aid of Lord Louis Mountbatten to persuade Christie to allow the filming of her 1934 novel. It turned out to be her favorite film adaptation of any of her books. Mountbatten was the father-in-law of the film’s producer, John Brabourne.

  • AnonymousDecember 19, 2018Reply

    Fun and classic, but far from the depth of the book.

  • AnonymousFebruary 2, 2019Reply

    The best mystery movie ever made! With the best movie score ever composed!

  • Jason SMarch 9, 2019Reply

    i thought this was ok

  • Matt GMarch 19, 2019Reply

    This is a great yarn with a great protagonist and great a cast, that I think wouldâ(TM)ve been served even better as a stage production. And making Perkins play a mother-obsessed weirdo is a wonderful bit of type-casting. But, HOT TAKE: Branagh’s version is not only inarguably more cinematic, itâ(TM)s also just plain better. Boom goes the dynamite.

  • Kyle MMarch 24, 2019Reply

    The classic “who done it” mystery standardized the genre’s basic expectation through a perfect, carefully-constructed structure that still surprises in stylishly expected turns towards a satisfying justification, thanks to the cast ensemble when being investigated by Albert Finney’s intellect. (A-)

    (Full review TBD)

  • AnonymousJune 3, 2019Reply

    The original and best. High style fun with all cast members at their best.

  • Deke PJuly 19, 2019Reply

    saw most again on tv 7.2019. Star studded cast. good style.
    Albert Finney as Poirot changed a lot since Tom Jones about 12 yrs earlier. A little histrionic. As far as this Agatha Christie novel, i’d give it a 5 of 5. But if not into it, its a little tedious detective story., so i’ll give it a 3 1/2 star

  • M CAugust 20, 2019Reply

    My all time favorite movie. Purposeful over-the-top acting adds to the appeal. So many innuendos. I see something new every time. Great entertainment.

  • John BSeptember 29, 2019Reply

    tricky to follow at times, but, interestingly good in the book adaptation of this famous Agatha Christie story

  • Chris LOctober 9, 2019Reply

    This is fun and notable mainly for offering a unique whodunit conclusion that manages to satisfy those looking for a satisfying, explanatory reveal as well as those happy enough to take an ending that offers a more ambiguous take. Presenting the crime as both an impossibly convoluted conspiracy and as something that’s not worth overthinking is a unique presentation that foreshadows the more intricate, conspiratorial thrillers of the coming decades.

  • Daphne MNovember 11, 2019Reply

    The movie equivalent to a great piece of popular classical music. Both an homage and a stylishly inventive piece of cinema.

  • Suzan LNovember 14, 2019Reply

    Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot is probably my least favorite, but Lauren Bacall makes up for it. What’s really distracting is the heavy use of really pale foundation on half the cast, men and women.

  • Andy SDecember 5, 2019Reply

    The set up for this movie is great. You’ve got this mysterious yet tense violin, cello soundtrack in the foreground while showing what happened meanwhile not playing any of the other sounds that are going on. This movie is beautiful and it’s impressive to see how they managed to capture all the aesthetic of the 30’s with the steamboat and cars as well as the clothes and of course the Orient Express. Wow those shots of Istanbul with the sun setting in the background and the steamboat chugging along is absolutely beautiful.

    I don’t trust this Ratchett asshole. Can’t trust these suspicious and conniving, devious Americans. The Hubbard lady is fucking loud and annoying. Detective Poirot is a peculiar, charming, eccentric and funny little man. I bet you anything it was this Ratchett asshole that kidnapped the little girl. It’s so interesting to watch all these different characters and their accompanying personalities.

    I really enjoy all the cinematic and nature shots that Lumet incorporated in this movie. It definitely shows the beauty of the different European landscapes. The interrogation scene between Finney and Bergman was so good. He shot that whole scene without any interruptions. Now that’s true talent right there from the actors. The way Peirot picks up the two dogs was so hilarious. Pretty incredible how all the characters were somewhat tied into what had happened earlier. I knew that those twelve stab wounds wasn’t just a coincidence! So good! What an incredible and elaborate plan. Everyone played their part impeccably.

    Very well put together detective mystery solving movie with a great sense of humor (“little brown babies”) hahah! Clever and smartly written. Albert Finney was brilliant in this movie. What an amazing and surprising twist at the end. I’d revisit this movie if someone were to want to watch it with me.

  • Fr-MDavid DJanuary 16, 2020Reply

    One of, if not the, quintessential whodunit.

  • Dennis MJanuary 27, 2020Reply

    Albert Finney set the bar for Hercule Poirot portrayals so high that all subsequent attempts seem weak and awkward.

  • William LFebruary 27, 2020Reply

    A competent adaptation that, unlike many films overloaded with stars, doesn’t actually forget that some exist by the film’s conclusion. However, a lot of that credit should go to Christie. (3.5/5)

  • Mert GMarch 29, 2020Reply

    Telling a story like this in the 70s was probably exciting and I’m not saying its not anymore but the transitions were horse shit and the dialogue (which had to be the first thing that the director should be careful about because its a god damn dialogue based crime investigation film) could’ve been better. Cast was on point, I umm- I mean It’s a classic but nothing more.
    Oh and watching 70s istanbul was an incredible experience.

  • Fra BMay 14, 2020Reply

    The movie focuses more on the characters than on the mystery (hard to follow in my opinion) and it succeeds rather gratefully

  • Conner HMay 18, 2020Reply

    I’m not convinced Agatha Christie novels (which I love) make good films, although this is probably the best version of a film adaption. They rely so much on the wordy, intellectual pleasure of unraveling “who-done-it”, which is a pleasure difficult to translate to images. Sidney Lumet does so with considerable aplomb.

    I found this movie much better than the 2017 remake in the sense that it’s both more reserved in its stylings and more fair to the audience. The 2017 remake uses the Daisy murder as a deus ex machina, while the 1974 original opens the film with it (and copiously cuts to it in flashback) to ensure the audience has all the information. This is absolutely essential in a mystery film; the audience has to be able to figure out the mystery if they pay close enough attention.

    While the film is great fun, if I were to revisit this story, I’d prefer to re-read the book.

  • Jason NJune 6, 2020Reply

    The beginning is slow and takes some considerable time to build up. Once it does hit the half way mark it picks up speed and doesn’t slow down. Some of the dialogue can be hard to hear / understand but considering this movie is 46 years old, then its pretty understandable. I remember watching this as a kid and it still hits on most cylinders for me.

  • Jacob BJune 6, 2020Reply

    While it hasn’t aged the most gracefully and boasts the same problems that Agatha Christie’s iconic whodunit has, this 1974 film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express rises on the strength of its talented all-star cast, stylish direction, chilling music and faithfulness to the source material. While I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would, I still thought this was a good mystery movie. Not the best, but a good one nonetheless.

  • Paul DJuly 11, 2020Reply

    This is a highly stylized and evocative trip back in time, courtesy of Sidney Lumet, with the purpose of solving an intricate murder mystery, courtesy of Agatha Christie. It is partly a travelogue but mostly a campy, drawing-room theatrical piece that gives its outstanding ensemble cast the chance to overact on purpose; and it is all lots of fun. Albert Finney is outstanding as Hercule Poirot.

  • Steve DJuly 16, 2020Reply

    Less than the sum of its parts.

  • Felipe FAugust 2, 2020Reply

    A star-studded cast led by an impressive Albert Finey as detective Hercule Poirot rise above from the superficiality of the script that treats a murder-mystery case as extremely dull.

  • Ryan SNovember 4, 2020Reply

    3.5/5. A solid adaptation of the novel, though I don’t care for Albert Finney’s portrayal of Hercule Poirot.

  • Michael CJanuary 4, 2021Reply

    There is a lot to like about the original film adaptation of the late Agatha Christie’s excellent mystery novel. The first is the most obvious: the cast. For the most part the cast does an excellent job in their respective roles, though I don’t know if I would have awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress to the late Ingrid Bergman. She did not deliver a bad performance in the movie, I just don’t think it was an Oscar worthy one. “Casablanca” on the other hand…. Academy Award winner Albert Finney did not do a bad job as legendary detective Hercule Poirot, but I don’t think he was that good. There were times I had difficulty understanding him and had to reply scenes once of twice. To be honest I am kind of glad he was unable to reprise the role for “Death on the Nile”. The late Peter Ustinov did a much better job as Poirot (Though I know Agatha Christie herself thought Finney’s portrayal was perfect.). The movie is also very faithful to its source material which helps. In the end, I think this particular adaptation is quite good and if you are an Agatha Christie fan I recommend you see it.

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