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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot probes the mystery of a murdered American tycoon aboard the legendary Orient Express as 20th Century Fox and producers Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon bring Agatha Christie's classic whodunit back to the big screen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Paul Dehn

Sep 7, 2004

Paramount Home Video

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The major fun in watching Sidney Lumet's glitzy version of Agatha Christie is spotting the stars and observing their accents and eccentricties

May 3, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Top heavy with suspects but low on thrills.

February 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

All-star murder-mystery fun.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Only Finney goes to extra length here to play the finicky Poirot, though for some reason Bergman was singled out for an Academy Award.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

Though the ending's pretty obvious, even for those who haven't read the book, you can't deny the power of this cast.

November 5, 2004
Needcoffee.com

The real knockout performance comes from Finney, deservedly nominated for an eccentric turn that's unlike anything else he's ever attempted.

September 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Lumet pulls off an incredible adaptation of a marvelous book.

July 16, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

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.

February 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Murder on the Orient Express

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.
March 31, 2014
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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A great Agatha Christie story but this version looks a little dated now.
January 1, 2012
Deano78

Super Reviewer

I recently saw this movie because there are so many great stars in it, but that's not always a good idea. This movie is overloaded with stars, and lacking in excitement. It has a couple of interesting scenes here and there, but I figured out who was involved in the murder early in the story because I recognized his voice. When they get to the explanation at the end of the crime, it gets really confusing too. Overall, it's not that bad, but it's not good either.
December 31, 2010
ajv2688

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Great fun! The undeniably best version of any Agatha Christie novel and one of the most enjoyable films ever made. Incredible group of stars perfectly cast down to the smallest part. Ingrid Bergman won the Oscar and she is fine but Betty Bacall is the real scene stealer here. Blustery and boorish she is the perfect portrait of the overbearing tourist you want to avoid. Vanessa Redgrave looking great is loose and puckish and well matched with Sean Connery, a shame they never costarred again. Jacqueline Bisset, at the height of her beauty, gives a nice account of a high strung countess. Originally Marlene Dietrich was sought for the imperious Princess Dragomiroff and surely she would have been great but Wendy Hiller makes the part her own with a larger than life performance. Finney makes a terrific Poirot with an astonishing makeup job. Speaking of which both the production and wardrobe design are sensational. If you've never seen this gem do so with haste.
December 18, 2010
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  • Mord im Orient Express (DE)
  • Asesinato en el Orient Express (ES)
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