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Murder on the Orient Express ()


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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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Hercule Poirot
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Mrs. Hubbard
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Bianchi
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Greta
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Countess Andrenyi
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Pierre (as Jean Pierre Cassel)
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Col. Arbuthnot
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Beddoes
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Princess Dragomiroff
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McQueen
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Mary Debenham
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Hildegarde
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Ratchett
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Count Andrenyi
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Hardman
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Doctor
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Foscarelli
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Concierge
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A.D.C.
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Chief Attendant
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David de Keyser ...
Turkish Ticket Collector (uncredited) (voice)
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Dining Car Steward (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ...
Loudspeaker (uncredited)
George Silver ...
Chef (uncredited)
Leslie Soden ...
Turkish pianist in the hotel (uncredited)
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Hawker (uncredited)
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Traveling Salesman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sidney Lumet

Written by

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Paul Dehn ... (screenplay by)
 
Agatha Christie ... (novel) (uncredited)
 
Anthony Shaffer ... () (uncredited)

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John Brabourne ... producer
Richard B. Goodwin ... producer (as Richard Goodwin)

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Richard Rodney Bennett

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Geoffrey Unsworth ... (photographed by)

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Anne V. Coates

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Richard Hiscott ... assistant editor

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Dyson Lovell ... (uncredited)

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Tony Walton

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Jack Stephens

Costume Design by

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Tony Walton

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Stuart Freeborn ... makeup artist
Ramon Gow ... hairdressing supervisor
John O'Gorman ... makeup artist
Charles E. Parker ... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
Leonard ... hair designer (uncredited)

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Jim Brennan ... unit manager
Jack Causey ... production manager
Louis Fleury ... production manager: French

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Ted Sturgis ... first assistant director
John Downes ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Jenkins ... assistant director (uncredited)

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E.W. Brister ... scenic artist (uncredited)
John Siddall ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tony Strong ... scenic artist (uncredited)

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Jonathan Bates ... sound editor
Peter Handford ... sound
Bill Rowe ... sound
Nick Flowers ... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Jeremy Hume ... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Trevor Rutherford ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
David Stephenson ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Charles Staffell ... process photography

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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)

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Brenda Dabbs ... wardrobe

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Norton Knatchbull ... location manager

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Marcus Dods ... conductor

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Angela Allen ... continuity
Nat Cohen ... presenter
Richard du Vivier ... production associate (as Richard Du Vivier)
Elisabeth Woodthorpe ... production secretary
John Chambers ... finance executive (uncredited)
François Guillaume ... stand-in: Anthony Perkins (uncredited)
Catherine O'Brien ... unit publicist (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 favor to Bianchi as not to get the Yugoslav police involved. Poirot quickly learns that the victim was not who he presented himself to be and has a connection to a five-year-old American kidnapping and murder case of infant Daisy Armstrong, murdered in spite of the fact that her parents had paid the requested ransom. The murderer in that case has long been convicted and executed but the ransom moneys were never recovered, a known accomplice never captured, and both the Armstrong parents have since tragically died. As Poirot questions the train's valet, the victim's accompanying staff, and the other primarily well off first class passengers and their accompanying servants, who are all on the surface more than cooperative, he finds that many had opportunity and motive, the latter which may not be obvious. There is also a great deal of evidence discovered on the train, which pulls his thoughts in many directions. These pieces of information may complicate the deduction of who is the murderer. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (United Kingdom)
  • Le crime de l'Orient-Express (France)
  • Mord im Orient-Express (Germany)
  • Asesinato en el Orient Express (Spain)
  • Muerte en el Expreso de Oriente (Mexico)
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  • 128 min
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Budget GBP1,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Eighty-four-year-old Dame Agatha Christie attended the movie premiere in November 1974. It was the only movie adaptation in her lifetime with which that she was completely satisfied. In particular, she felt that Albert Finney's performance came closest to her idea of Poirot (though was reportedly unimpressed with her sleuth's mustache). The premiere was her final public appearance. She died fourteen months later, on January 12, 1976. See more »
Goofs In Istanbul we hear a muezzin giving the standard Muslim azan (call to prayer) in Arabic: "Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!" However, the movie is set during the 1930s when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was in power. During this time, the Arabic azan was outlawed, and a Turkish one ("Tanri Uludur!") had to be used instead. After Ataturk's death in 1938 the law was repealed. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Dumb Waiter (1979). See more »
Soundtracks Overture And Kidnapping See more »
Quotes Foscarelli: Hey, what are you reading, Mister Beddoes?
Beddoes: I am reading "Love's Captive," by Mrs. Arabella Richardson.
Foscarelli: Is it about sex?
Beddoes: No, it's about 10:30, Mister Foscarelli.
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