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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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(201 articles)
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Still the best introduction to Hercule Poirot for non-readers See more (156 total) »

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:
Upon accepting her Oscar for Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Ingrid Bergman apologized to fellow actress Valentina Cortese, who was nominated for Day for Night (1973), saying that she deserved the award more.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In the train station we see Ataturk's (founder of independent and modern Turkey) poster on the wall. But in the 1930s, Ataturk was alive and had great power. Posters of him were only put on the walls years after his death.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 »

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Still the best introduction to Hercule Poirot for non-readers, 25 February 2007
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Sidney Lumet directs a great cast through a brilliant cinematic interpretation of one of Agatha Christie's most popular Hercule Poirot Mysteries. The train upon which the great investigator finds himself is halted by an avalanche of snow in the Alps, and two horrible crimes seem to have intersected in the first class cabin. Despite the cramped quarters, the only witness is the murder victim himself, and Poirot must put together the solution from disparate and seemingly contradictory evidence.

The three most striking qualities of this film are its production values, cast, and Finney's exhausting performance. Although a little over-the-top, Finney gets Poirot exactly right - Poirot is played as a somewhat obsessive, slightly manic, and flamboyant Belgian - not at all as a non-English Sherlock Holmes. The cast speaks for itself. Bacall, Perkins, Hiller, Redgrave, York and Bissett are all delightful in their supporting roles. But perhaps the most under-recognized achievement of this film is its cinematography. The film is extremely visually engaging from start to finish. This is achieved by perfect visual pacing, great camera work, spectacular - though somewhat cramped and redundant - sets, good costuming, and a stunningly attractive cast.

Murder on the Orient Express also succeeds in sticking with Christie's original narrative (mostly), and sets a high standard for film versions of the great mystery writers repertoire. From my perspective, the film remains unequaled among the Poirot interpretations and meets the challenge of adapting and simplifying Christie's often complex exposition very nicely.

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