Murder on the Orient Express (1974)




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Like many of Agatha Christie's mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express is predicated on an actual event, in this case the Lindbergh kidnapping. In the movie, everyone on board the Orient Express seems to have concluded that hateful financier Ratchett (Richard Widmark) was behind the abduction and murder of the infant daughter of a famed aviatrix. Thus, when Ratchett is himself found murdered, everyone is suspect. Normally, the police would handle the investigation, but the train has been stalled … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Paul Dehn
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On DVD: Sep 7, 2004
Paramount Home Video

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as Hercule Poirot

as Mrs. Hubbard

as Col. Arbuthnot

as Bianchi

as Mary Debenham

as Countess Andrenyi

as Ratchett

as Dr. Constantine

as Antonio Foscarelli

as Beddoes

as Princess Dragomiroff

as Hildegarde Schmidt

as Count Andrenyi

as Cyrus Hardman

as Chief Attendant

as Pierre Michel
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Critic Reviews for Murder on the Orient Express

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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I'm as fond of "production values" as the next fellow, maybe fonder, but I don't wish to be force-fed them by a soulless dietitian who knows what I as a consumer ought to want.

Full Review… | June 20, 2015
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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

Full Review… | May 3, 2011

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.

Chris Weber

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Great cast, but somewhat underutilized. Good mystery.

Christian C

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A great Agatha Christie story but this version looks a little dated now.

Dean King

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