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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 by a snowslide halfway between Istanbul and Paris. Thus, it's up to the insufferable but brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (an unrecognizable Albert Finney) to activate his "little grey cells" and determine who's guilty. Among the suspects are colorful characters played by Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Wendy Hiller, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, and Ingrid Bergman, whose performance won her a third Academy Award. (In her acceptance speech, Bergman apologized for her win, insisting that Day for Night's Valentina Cortese deserved the prize.) The first and best in a long line of contemporary Christie adaptations, the film scores on atmosphere, period detail, and richness of characterization. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Albert Finney
as Hercule Poirot
Lauren Bacall
as Mrs. Hubbard
Sean Connery
as Col. Arbuthnot
Vanessa Redgrave
as Mary Debenham
Jacqueline Bisset
as Countess Andrenyi
George Coulouris
as Dr. Constantine
Denis Quilley
as Antonio Foscarelli
John Gielgud
as Beddoes
Wendy Hiller
as Princess Dragomiroff
Rachel Roberts
as Hildegarde Schmidt
Michael York
as Count Andrenyi
Colin Blakely
as Cyrus Hardman
John Moffatt
as Chief Attendant
Jean-Pierre Cassel
as Pierre Michel
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Critic Reviews for Murder on the Orient Express

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (1)

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.

June 20, 2015 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Top heavy with suspects but low on thrills.

February 13, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

All-star murder-mystery fun.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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…

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 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Murder on the Orient Express


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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Great cast, but somewhat underutilized. Good mystery.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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