Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  128 min.
Release Date: November 24, 1974

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
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Like many of Agatha Christie's mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express is predicated on an actual event, in this case the Lindbergh kidnapping. In the movie, everyone on board the Orient Express seems to have concluded that hateful financier Ratchett (Richard Widmark) was behind the abduction and murder of the infant daughter of a famed aviatrix.

Thus, when Ratchett is himself found murdered, everyone is suspect. Normally, the police would handle the investigation, but the train has been stalled by a snowslide halfway between Istanbul and Paris.

Thus, it's up to the insufferable but brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (an unrecognizable Albert Finney) to activate his little grey cells and determine who's guilty.

Among the suspects are colorful characters played by Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Wendy Hiller, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, and Ingrid Bergman, whose performance won her a third Academy Award. (In her acceptance speech, Bergman apologized for her win, insisting that Day for Night's Valentina Cortese deserved the prize.) The first and best in a long line of contemporary Christie adaptations, the film scores on atmosphere, period detail, and richness of characterization.

Studio: Paramount Pictures
Screenplay: Paul Dehn

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  • 3 stars "They keep making remake from movies from the past & same old Actor's.. Give me a Brake. Start reading books and buy $$$$$ the rights to them and start making new movie and stop make part 2 and 3 and 4 and 5. it's got to stop, everyone paying these movie makers top money to see a BAD MOVIE - Hey I've got an New one for you; nobody can make a Great Movie anymore!!! There so many Great books on the market and they stay with the same old writers as well.. There's a Novel which you can buy anywhere called A BIG HOUSE FOR LITTLE MEN - This would make one Great Movie, See the reviews on amazon or big reviews on Barnes and Noble.. I believe Nexflix's or FTC should L@@k into it. I hate paying to go see Movies and after it, I wish I never went. Things have to change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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