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24 November 1974 (USA) See more »
The greatest cast of suspicious characters ever involved in murder. See more »
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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Outstanding adaptation from Agatha Christie novel See more (160 total) »


  (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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128 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:PG | Japan:G | 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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After several disappointing film adaptations, Agatha Christie initially refused to sell the film rights to any more of her books, but EMI chairman Nat Coleman enlisted the aid of Lord Louis Mountbatten to persuade Christie to allow the filming of her 1934 novel. It turned out to be her favorite film adaptation of any of her books. Mountbatten was the father-in-law of the film's producer John BrabourneSee more »
Continuity: As Poirot goes to leave the car after announcing his solution to the murder, Pierre is shown opening the salon door, and holding it open as Poirot pauses in the doorway, turns and watches as the various passengers make toasts to one another. Pierre is the first to step up and raise a toast with his glass of champagne. But when all the toasts have been made, Poirot is shown still standing in the doorway, then turning to exit, even as Pierre (actually just his arm is visible, but it couldn't have been anyone else) is seen in the exact same position, still holding open the door for Poirot.See more »
[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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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding adaptation from Agatha Christie novel, 30 September 2004
Author: ma-cortes

The movie is an excellent whodunit and concerns upon one murder in the Orient Express train with Hercules Poirot (Albert Finney) as sleuth-man to solve it . There are many suspects , all support cast : Sean Connery , Ingrid Bergman , Anthony Perkins , Vanessa Redgrave , Jacqueline Bisset , Richard Widmark , Rachel Roberts , John Gielgud , Michael York , etc . Who's the killer? . Poirot is helped by a ¨Watson-alike¨ (Martin Balsam) and they will track down to culprit at the end .

At the beginning of the film talks about a kidnapping and killing a baby similarly to the Lindberg's son and which the murderer was condemned to death row , this one will be related with the death of the train.

The motion picture is only set on two scenarios : the station and train . However this doesn't make boring it.

The runtime movie is overlong : two hours and some but isn't slow-moving and is amount amusing for suspense and tension.

First-rate interpretation specially from Albert Finney and Ingrid Bergman , Oscar winner as best secondary actress .

The set design and costumes are riveting , the flick is magnificently set by that time . Evocative musical score by Richard Rodney Bennett . Geoffrey Unsworth's cinematography is atmospheric and colorful.

Sidney Lumet's direction is fascinating such as ¨12 angry men¨ .

The movie will appeal to suspense enthusiasts and thriller lovers.

Rating: 7,5/10 . Very good

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