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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 »
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)
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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)
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:
Boom mic visible: During the interrogation of Colonel Arbuthnot, the reflection of a boom mic can be seen in the glass room divider behind the Colonel.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:
References Grand Hotel (1932/I)See more »
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40 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
When Agatha Christie Finally Came Into Her Own Cinematically, 1 January 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Agatha Christie lived long enough to enjoy something few of her contemporaries could claim.

Movies based on Christie's novels and stories were being made back to the 1930s. One early one with Charles Laughton as Hercule Poiret so turned her off that she was hesitant about future productions of her work. But they were made - like the two versions of LOVE FROM A STRANGER. There were two high points: Rene Clair's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE and Billy Wilder's WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (oddly enough with Laughton again, but in a better fitting performance). Then came the popular series of Miss Marple films with Margaret Rutherford, which were rewritten to emphasize Rutherford's comic abilities (and to give Miss Marple a companion - Mr. Stringer, played by Rutherford's husband Stringer Davis). Another attempt at Poirot was made, again as a comic film, THE A.B.C.MURDERS (with Tony Randall as Poirot). Christie was not amused. But in 1974 she saw her vision of Hercule Poirot as a character put properly on screen by Albert Finney in MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

It gave her a satisfaction that few mystery novelists of her age ever had. Dorothy Sayers did live to see Lord Peter Wimsey played by Robert Montgomery in BUSMAN'S HONEYMOON, but while entertaining it was not the Wimsey that she created - she died before she could see Ian Carmichael play the role on a series of television multi-episodes shows based on her novels. While Josephine Tey's novels occasionally were made into films, her Inspector Grant was not turned into a good running series character.

I think that the reason that Agatha Christie was satisfied was the care that Sidney Lumet took with MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Not only the all star cast involved, but keeping the story in the late 1920s to early 1930s style, with clothing, vehicles, and class snobbery maintained. It actually helped preserve the novel's effectiveness.

The casting is quite good. Poirot is ably played by Finney, who is fussy but also serious and sharp when going over the clues and interrogations. Martin Balsam as his friend, the railroad official, is properly "watsonish", constantly jumping at conclusions as to who the killer is. Interestingly forgotten in the background is the only other passenger we learn of that is not under suspicion, the Greek doctor who assists Poirot (George Coulouris). In the 1940s Coulouris would have been a red herring at least.

The suspects (led by Lauren Bacall and Wendy Hiller) are properly snobbish (especially Sean Connery). They are even snobbish towards each other. But the question of who killed the victim is handled to constantly throw off the viewers. It is one of the most perfectly balanced whodunits.

I only have one minor criticism. The murder centers on a "Lindbergh" kidnap-murder tragedy of the past, and the killer has to be someone after the real brains behind the tragedy. So all the suspects happen to be connected to the victim(s). But as it turns out there was one victim who was overlooked - the patsy killer (based on Hauptmann?) who was frightened into committing the crime and was hanged. It would have been interesting if the family of this criminal also had been represented among the suspects.

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