The Last Express (1997)

Video Game  |  Adventure, Drama, Mystery  |  1 April 1997 (USA)
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1914: Innocent fugitive Robert Cath boards the Orient Express three days before the outbreak of WW1 and must stay alive until "the end of the line".


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Svensson ...
August Schmidt (as Josef Scholz)
Mujahid Abdul-Rashid ...
Corinne Blum ...
Tatiana Obolenskaya
Mikhail Douniyev ...
Alexei Dolnikov
Chris Murray ...
George Abbot
Dermot Robinson ...
Eileen Weisinger ...
Dick Mallon ...
Vassili Obolensky
Benny Buettner ...
Conductor #1
Jacques Moyal ...
Conductor #2
Robert Vallerga ...
David Berkson ...
Tyler Whitney
Marla Craig ...
Madame Boutarel


The year is 1914. Robert Cath, an American Doctor, becomes a fugitive from the law while in Ireland for a murder he did not commit. He flees to Paris, France, and at the invitation of an old friend, Tyler Whitney, arranges to board the famous Orient Express just days before World War I breaks out. Arriving late, boarding the train by jumping from a speeding motorcycle, he discovers Tyler brutally murdered in his compartment. As no one on board knows either of them, Cath assumes Tyler's identity and sets out to find the killer. What he discovers is that everyone on board has secrets that plunge him into a maelstrom of Treachery, Romance, and International Intrigue. Written by Greenie123

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A clue in every car. A stranger in every seat. Danger at every destination.





Release Date:

1 April 1997 (USA)  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


No one on the production team knew anything about trains, so they found one of the last remaining sleeping cars of the type that the Orient Express used, took photographs of it, and meticulously recreated the entire train in pre-rendered 3D images. See more »


When Cath disconnects the two cars (while talking to August Schmidt), he uses a crowbar and drops it as the couplers release. In the next shot the crowbar is back in his hands. See more »


[first lines]
Conductor #2: Ladies and Gentlemen, your attention please. The Orient Express is now departing for Strassburg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia, and Constantinople. All passengers should be on board.
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll on the right side of the screen, on the left side is a map of Europe, which, over the course of the credits, shows the year-by-year progression of political borders from 1914 to 1994. See more »

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An Adventure Set On the Last Orient Express in 1914
8 August 2006 | by (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – See all my reviews

Set on the Orient Express in 1914, this game is from the beginning completely different from anything you have seen before.

Through the story, you are led by the young American doctor, Robert Cath, who is urgently contacted by his old friend, Tyler Whitney, to join him on the Orient Express, crossing Europe from Paris to Constantinople. Robert, being assumed as a fugitive and wanted for mixing up in an exchange of fire with IRA in Ireland, accepts his friend proposition for escape. If only he knew then what were Tyler's reasons for going on to that train...

Game starts at Gare de l'Est, East train station in Paris on 24th July, almost a month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. Our hero, to avoid the police, reaches the train in the countryside little after the departure with a help of a young motorcyclist. His first goal is to find Tyler. There's where you step in.

The graphics of this game are unique, process used to input live actors into the games, known as Rotoscope, was used. The results is realistic animation, and the feel that you are on the train. Hand-drawings of train, rooms, made by the pictures one of the last remaining trains, off the track in Athens, which crew visited.

Voice acting is fairly good, there is no lip synching, but voices fit extremely well to the actors, even if most of them weren't given by the people who were used in Rotoscope process. Languages spoken on the train are English, French, German, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Arabic. Cath understands first four of those languages, so the subtitles appear in the lower part of screen (except for English).

Music, the strongest point of this game thought by many. Original soundtrack was composed and orchestrated by Elia Cmiral, famous Czech composer. Music is mainly inspired by romance, mystery and sadness of the game. Violin play is extraordinary. Music fits extremely well into every aspect of the game.

Story, dialogs - absolutely remarkable. There are wealth of dialogs to be overheard, and the story will surely not leave you melancholic, as by the end you will understand the other part of the story that evoke on the beginning, with many questions and historical lesson.

A game you should definitely play.

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