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Director:
Writer:
Paul Dehn (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 November 1974 (USA) See more »
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The greatest cast of suspicious characters ever involved in murder. See more »
Plot:
In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Albert Finney ... Hercule Poirot

Lauren Bacall ... Mrs. Hubbard

Martin Balsam ... Bianchi

Ingrid Bergman ... Greta

Jacqueline Bisset ... Countess Andrenyi

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Pierre (as Jean Pierre Cassel)

Sean Connery ... Col. Arbuthnot

John Gielgud ... Beddoes

Wendy Hiller ... Princess Dragomiroff

Anthony Perkins ... McQueen

Vanessa Redgrave ... Mary Debenham

Rachel Roberts ... Hildegarde

Richard Widmark ... Ratchett

Michael York ... Count Andrenyi
Colin Blakely ... Hardman
George Coulouris ... Doctor
Denis Quilley ... Foscarelli

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Concierge
Jeremy Lloyd ... A.D.C.
John Moffatt ... Chief Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David de Keyser ... Turkish Ticket Collector (voice) (uncredited)
Leon Lissek ... Dining Car Steward (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Various Tannoy's (voice) (uncredited)
George Silver ... Orient Express Chef (uncredited)

Vic Tablian ... Hawker (uncredited)
Nubar Terziyan ... Traveling Salesman (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
Paul Dehn (screenplay)

Agatha Christie  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
John Brabourne .... producer
Richard B. Goodwin .... producer (as Richard Goodwin)
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Casting by
Dyson Lovell (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Tony Walton 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Stephens 
 
Costume Design by
Tony Walton 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Ramon Gow .... hairdressing supervisor
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist
Charles E. Parker .... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
 
Production Management
Jim Brennan .... unit manager
Jack Causey .... production manager
Louis Fleury .... production manager: French
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... first assistant director
Richard Jenkins .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
E.W. Brister .... scenic artist (uncredited)
John Siddall .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tony Strong .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Peter Handford .... sound
Bill Rowe .... sound
Jeremy Hume .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
David Stephenson .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... process photography
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator (as Peter Macdonald)
Steve Birtles .... gaffer (uncredited)
John Campbell .... focus puller (uncredited)
Cedric James .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joe Pearce .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Richard Hiscott .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Nat Cohen .... presenter
Richard du Vivier .... production associate (as Richard Du Vivier)
Norton Knatchbull .... location manager
Elisabeth Woodthorpe .... production secretary
François Guillaume .... stand-in: Anthony Perkins (uncredited)
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
128 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (2002) (2006) | USA:PG (certificate #24034) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
The poem that the Princess's maid reads aloud is "Kennst Du das Land" by the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The poem contains a line that translates as "What have they done, oh wretched child, to thee?" a reference to the murder of Daisy Armstrong.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The musicians in the restaurant in Istanbul are wearing fezzes. The film is set in 1935, ten years after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk banned the fez in Turkey.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ferry conductor:Your ticket, please.
Mary Debenham:Oh, yes.
Ferry conductor:Welcome aboard, Miss Debenham.
Mary Debenham:Thank you.
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Soundtrack:
Red Sails in the SunsetSee more »

FAQ

Is 'Murder on the Orient Express' based on a book?
How does Poirot figure out Ratchett is really Cassetti?
How does the movie end?
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88 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
It Oozes Elegance, 7 February 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

This whodunit story by Dame Agatha is excellent. She has always been my favorite writer of detective fiction. I keep returning to the film version, however, not because of the story but because of the film's sheer elegance and style. It is awash in elegance ... the majestic cinematography; the glamorous clothes; the delightfully eccentric aristocratic characters; the mysterious yet refined musical score. The film is so theatrically regal I'm surprised that it did not feature a representative of British royalty.

The setting is Europe in the 1930's. The pace is slow and relaxed. And while the dialogue is in English, the film has a deliciously international flavor, with a mix of interesting accents and word pronunciations. Heavy on dialogue, the film never seems overly talky, the result of a clever screenplay and lush visuals. Humor is included in the script usually in the form of tasteful put-downs. Example: an attractive Mrs. Hubbard comments: "Don't you agree the man must have entered my compartment to gain access to Mr. Ratchett?" The aging Princess Dragomiroff responds in a deadpan tone: "I can think of no other reason, madam."

In his portrayal of Hercule Poirot, Albert Finney almost literally disappears into the role, a tribute to convincing makeup and to Finney's adroit acting. His performance is appropriately idiosyncratic, deliciously hammy, and theatrical, every bit as entertaining in this film as Peter Ustinov is in subsequent Christie movies. The rest of the cast has ensemble parts, my favorite being Wendy Hiller whose Princess Dragomiroff comes across as royal, proud, and very eccentric.

With its snowy landscapes, ornate and cozy interiors, and subdued lighting, "Murder On The Orient Express" is an excellent movie to watch on a cold, winter night, snuggled under a blanket or next to a warm fireplace with a cup of cappuccino or a glass of cognac. Just be sure that all knives and daggers in your mansion are out of reach from your staff of servants.

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