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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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Tagline:
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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(208 articles)
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A well executed murder in every sense of the word. See more (158 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 ... Loudspeaker (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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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:
Richard Rodney Bennett was originally hired to arrange 1930s tunes for the soundtrack, but persuaded the studio that this was a cliché and that he should write an original score. Bennett said "Sidney Lumet wanted Eddie Duchin ... I wanted the Warsaw Concerto... the waltz [theme] was a combination of the two."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Hercule Poirot is interviewing Edward Beddoes (John Gielgud) about Signor Foscarelli, the valet puts his glasses on twice on two successive shots.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Murder by Death (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
Murder on the Orient Express (Theme and Waltz)See more »

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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A well executed murder in every sense of the word., 31 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Murder on the Orient Express started a nice trend in filming some of the most stylish of Agatha Christie novels by producer John Brabourne. Although Albert Finney who does a fine job as the Belgian Sleuth Hercule Poirot declined to do further films with Poirot, Peter Ustinov more than amply took up the slack in later productions.

Richard Widmark is an American expatriate traveling on the famous Orient Express train and he's been receiving mysterious death threats. As it happens Poirot is on the train also and refuses Widmark's offer to be a bodyguard.

Widmark is later stabbed to death in his compartment and while the train is stranded somewhere in Yugoslavia due to snow drifts, Poirot investigates the murder in the best Agatha Christie tradition. Of course in that same tradition the plotters would have gotten away with it more than likely had Poirot and his little gray cells not been present.

Widmark as it also turns out was a gangster who had to flee America because he was named as the mastermind of a horrific crime that shocked the nation. There are a whole lot of people who had reason to want him dead.

Poirot conducts his inquiry of the other passengers and they are quite a crew consisting of among others, Lauren Bacall, Michael York, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Wendy Hiller, Rachel Roberts, Vanessa Redgrave, Jacqueline Bissett, etc.

Of course I won't tell you the solution, but here's a hint. Note what Sean Connery says while he's being grilled.

It's a great ensemble cast of course with a bunch of seasoned players doing their thing. Ingrid Bergman got a Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of a simple soul who is a missionary. I'm betting the critics noted that her part was offbeat casting for her which she pulled off. In any event she was surprised as all get out when her name was read at the Oscars in 1975. In accepting the award she got up and said quite matter-of-factly that fellow nominee Valentina Cortese deserved it. Of course she didn't turn it down.

As I said, this was one elaborately planned murder and I think you will enjoy seeing Poirot unravel it and what happens later.

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