Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
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- Albert Finney
- Lauren Bacall
- Martin Balsam
- Ingrid Bergman
- Jacqueline Bisset
- Jean-Pierre Cassel
- Sean Connery
- John Gielgud
- Wendy Hiller
- Anthony Perkins
Did You Know?
- Upon accepting her Oscar for this movie, Ingrid Bergman apologized to fellow actress Valentina Cortese, who was nominated for Day for Night (1973), saying that she deserved the award more.
- At the train station, the oriental women wearing kimonos are clearly made up as Japanese, but can be heard speaking Cantonese.
- A.D.C.: Ah, here's your ticket, Monsieur Poirot. I'm afraid you've still got another hour.
- Hercule Poirot: Then, please, do not wait.
- A.D.C.: Not wait? Hah. After all you've done for us, Monsieur Poirot? Ha ha. Oh. Uh, my general's orders were to ensure your safe departure. He also wished to thank you again for saving the honour of the British garrison in Jordan. The Brigadier's, uh, confession was opportune. I say, how did you do it? Was it the old, uh, thumbscrew, you know, the rack, huh?... Oh. Well, uh, you'll be able to rest as soon as you get to Stamboul. The, uh, the Church of Santa Sophia is absolutely magnificent.
- Hercule Poirot: You have seen it?
- A.D.C.: No.
Atom User Reviews
Murder on the Orient Express is a splendidly entertaining movie of the sort that isn’t made anymore: It’s a classical whodunit, with all the clues planted and all of them visible, and it’s peopled with a large and expensive collection of stars.
No matter how good the performer you can’t escape Christie’s leisurely approach to characterisation — simple concoctions of quirk, guilt and red herring. But Lumet is having loads of credible fun with the formula, keeping up a genuine sense of claustrophobia in this isolated railway car surrounded by crisp white snow.
Like the lovely, extravagantly overemphasized nineteen-thirties' costumes and production designed by Tony Walton, Murder on the Orient Express is much less a literal re-creation of a type of thirties movie than an elaborate and witty tribute that never for a moment condescends to the subject.