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Murder On The Orient Express (movie)

5 Ratings: 3.4
1974 motion picture starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Sean Connery

Murder on the Orient Express is a 1974 British mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.    The film (and book) features the great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Albert Finney … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Classics, Agatha Christie, Mystery Movies, Mystery & Detective
Director: Sidney Lumet
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: November 24, 1974
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about Murder On The Orient Express (movie)

Engaging and elegant adaptation of this classic Agatha Christie mystery.

  • Dec 16, 2009
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When it comes to mystery movies I would have to rank 1974's "Murder On the Orient Express" right at the top of my list.  This is a magnificent film that contains just about all of the elements I look for in a mystery movie.  It goes without saying that the writing is first rate.  The film is based on Agatha Christie's 1934 novel of the same name.  "Murder On the Orient Express" is directed by Sidney Lumet who has been the guiding light for more than 50 feature films including such classics as "12 Angry Men", "Fail Safe""Network",  "The Verdict" and "Serpico" to name but a few.  Add to the mix an all-star cast including such legendary performers as Albert FinneyLauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Michael York, Vanessa RedgraveRichard Widmark, Martin Balsam and Anthony Perkins and you would seem to have all the ingredients in place for a first rate motion picture.  In my view "Murder On the Orient Express" completely lives up to those lofty expectations. 

Clearly the star of this production is Albert Finney who plays one of Agatha Christie's most famous and long-lived charactors,  the fictional Belgian detective Hercule PoirotPoirot just happens to be a passenger on the Orient Express when a gruesome murder takes place in the wee small hours of the morning.  The victim was a gentlemen who called himself Ratchett.  The previous evening Ratchett had attempted to engage Poirot as a personal bodyguard because he had been receiving threatening letters and feared for his life.  Poirot turned down that job but would be persuaded to conduct an investigation of the brutal crime right there on the the train.   Poirot would quickly discover that Mr. Ratchett was none other than a gangster named Carlo Cassetti who had allegedly masterminded the murder of Daisy Armstrong some years earlier.  Daisy was the the baby daughter of a wealthy British Army Colonel who had settled in the U.S. with his American-born wife.  This sensational case was headline news all over the world at the time.  Poirot would also discover that 12 of the passengers on the Orient Express had some connection to the Armstrong case.  After interviewing all 12 of these passengers and sifting through all of the available evidence Poirot would come to a startling conclusion.

"Murder On the Orient Express" proves that a great movie need not be filled with blood, gore and violence to be entertaining.  I wish there were more films like it.   I recently purchased the DVD and viewed this film for the first time in a good long while.  I found it just as entertaining this time as I did when I first saw it in the theater back in 1974.    Very highly recommended! 
Engaging and elegant adaptation of this classic Agatha Christie mystery. Engaging and elegant adaptation of this classic Agatha Christie mystery. Engaging and elegant adaptation of this classic Agatha Christie mystery. Engaging and elegant adaptation of this classic Agatha Christie mystery.

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December 18, 2009
Great review, Paul. I've read the book but I've never seen the movie. I'll be looking to correct that hole in my life soon. Thanks.
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