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Murder on the Orient Express 1974 film review


Murder on the Orient Express 1974 film review

Murder on the Orient Express (1974, United Kingdom)

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128 minutes
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English
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⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪ 8 / 10

While returning from Middle East famous detective Hercule Poirot stumbles upon his friend, Signor Bianchi, who is a director of the company that operates Orient Express. While they dine Bianchi insists that the Poirot should be his guest aboard the famous train. After arriving to the train station, where Orient Express is just being prepared for departure, conductor informs Bianchi that the train is already full. There is one free berth, but it was promised to a passenger, young man called McQueen, that he will have the whole compartment for himself. Bianchi uses his position to order the conductor to give this last free berth to Poirot. The travel goes as planned, the first night passes without incidents, apart from fact that McQueen had problems with sleeping since Poirot was snoring all through the night. During the stop on one of the stations Bianchi informs the detective that he gave him his own compartment so he could travel in better conditions. After the breakfast Poirot is approached by one of the passengers, American businessman Samuel Ratchett, who offers detective a substantial amount of money for protecting him during that travel, but he is very evasive about the reasons he needs protection. Poirot decides not to take this task, but during the night Ratchett is killed in his own compartment, next door to Poirot. Bianchi asks detective to investigate, especially since the train is stopped due to blocked tracks. Belgian agrees and soon discovers that there are some strange things about the murder - Ratchett was stabbed several times, but it seems he did not tried to defend himself, most likely he was poisoned before being stabbed.

Film adaptation of one of the most famous Agatha Christie novels, Murder on the Orient Express became classic of the literature as well as the cinema, due to interesting mystery and typical for Christie the tense atmosphere among passengers stuck in the train in the middle of nowhere. Great cast and good adaptation of classic mystery novel.


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Creators of Murder on the Orient Express


Sidney Lumet films

Sidney Lumet

director

Agatha Christie films

Agatha Christie

screenplay

Paul Dehn films

Paul Dehn

screenplay



Cast of Murder on the Orient Express


Albert Finney films

Albert Finney

as Hercule Poirot

Martin Balsam films

Martin Balsam

as Bianchi

Lauren Bacall films

Lauren Bacall

as Mrs. Hubbard

Ingrid Bergman films

Ingrid Bergman

as Greta

Jacqueline Bisset films

Jacqueline Bisset

as Countess Andrenyi

Michael York films

Michael York

as Count Andrenyi

Sean Connery films

Sean Connery

as Colonel Arbuthnot

John Gielgud films

John Gielgud

as Beddoes

Wendy Hiller films

Wendy Hiller

as Princess Dragomiroff

Anthony Perkins films

Anthony Perkins

as McQueen

Vanessa Redgrave films

Vanessa Redgrave

as Mary Debenham

Rachel Roberts films

Rachel Roberts

as Hildegarde

Richard Widmark films

Richard Widmark

as Ratchett

Jean-Pierre Cassel films

Jean-Pierre Cassel

as Pierre

Jeremy Lloyd films

Jeremy Lloyd

as A.D.C.


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