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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

In December 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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hercule Poirot
... Mrs. Hubbard
... Bianchi
... Greta
... Countess Andrenyi
... Pierre (as Jean Pierre Cassel)
... Col. Arbuthnot
... Beddoes
... Princess Dragomiroff
... McQueen
... Mary Debenham
... Hildegarde
... Ratchett
... Count Andrenyi
... Hardman
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The first class compartment of the December 1935 departure of the Orient Express from Istanbul is full, unusual for this time of the year. Regardless, famed and fastidious Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, who needs to get back to London immediately, is able to secure last minute passage in the compartment with the assistance of his friend, Signor Bianchi, one of the directors of the train line who is also making the trip. Some of the first class passengers seem concerned about Poirot's presence on the train. At least one of them has reason to be concerned, as later, another first class passenger, who earlier in the trip asked Poirot to provide protection for him due to several death threats, is found murdered in his stateroom by multiple stabbings. At the time the victim is found, the train is unexpectedly stopped and delayed due to snow in remote Yugoslavia, which may be problematic for the murderer in getting away now that Poirot is on the case, which he is doing as a favour to ... Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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24 November 1974 (USA)  »

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Mord im Orient-Express  »

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Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,733,867, 31 December 1975
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Trivia

A set of lyrics was composed for the main-title theme but was never used. The first line went, "Silky, there is murder in your eyes." See more »

Goofs

The rescuing locomotive appears to be a Class 141R, a type of locomotive built in the USA, and not introduced until 1945. 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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Connections

Referenced in Heinrich der Säger (2001) See more »

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The Orient Express
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Composed by Richard Rodney Bennett
Performed by Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden conducted by Marcus Dods
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A Good Famous Mystery
18 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

The film is in fact based on the 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. It is a wonderful film - I have never read the book to compare to the movie - but I can say the film is worth watching if you love a good mystery movie.

An all-star, well seasoned, cast does help to make the film more intriguing, more appealing because all gave outstanding performances in this film. The story itself will easily pull you in even if you are unfamiliar with the cast - the story (mystery) is that good.

If you like this movie then you may enjoy similar types of films like "Sleuth", "Deathtrap" or "Murder By Death".

9/10


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