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Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (Bilingual)
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Just the name "Orient Express" conjures images of a bygone era. Add an all-star cast (including Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, and Lauren Bacall, to name a few) and Agatha Christie's delicious plot and how can you go wrong? Particularly if you add in Albert Finney as Christie's delightfully persnickety sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Someone has knocked off nasty Richard Widmark on this train trip and, to Poirot's puzzlement, everyone seems to have a motive--just the setup for a terrific whodunit. Though it seems like an ensemble film, director Sidney Lumet gives each of his stars their own solo and each makes the most of it. Bergman went so far as to win an Oscar for her role. But the real scene-stealer is the ever-reliable Finney as the eccentric detective who never misses a trick. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The only criticism I have of this film is that it feels like a series of shorts as Poirot interviews each of the suspects and there isn't much time given to the interactions of the passengers with each other. I could feel myself at some points ticking off who had had their ten minutes and who was still to come. Still, when the episodes star everyone from Lauren Bacall to Ingrid Bergman (in her Oscar-winning role) to John Gielgud, this is really a small complaint.
Sit back and enjoy a well-crafted piece of film making done with the kind of care that sadly seems to have gone out of fashion.
The 1974 film adaptation included an all-star cast, including the famous actor Albert Finney who played Hercule Poirot, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. (Albert Finney has been nominated 4 times by the Academy for Best Actor and once for Best Supporing Actor, which was for his role as Ed Masry in the 2000 film "Erin Brockovich".) Poirot boards the Orient Express on his journey home after solving a murder case. On the train, in the sleeper cabin next to his is the millionaire businessman Mr. Ratchett (Richard Widmark), who is accompanied on the train by his secretary, Hector MacQueen (Anthony Perkins, 1932-1992), and his butler, Mr. Beddoes (Sir John Gielgud, 1904-2000). Other passengers on the train include the Countess Andrenyi (Jacqueline Bisset), Greta Ohlsson (Ingrid Bergman, 1915-1982), Mrs.Read more ›
You have one of the best "whodunits" of all time.
Even now I can watch this film again and again even though I know who killed the "baddie."
With a deliciously complex plot, "Murder on the Orient Express" takes you on a suspenseful train journey across Europe in which one man will die a gruesome death and another will attempt to find out the truth surrounding his demise.
Hercule Poriot, Albert Finney at his best plays the diminutive but brilliant Belgian (not French) Detective who by a quirk of fate finds himself on the Orient Express with an odd group of people, from a Regal Russian Countess, to a loud mouthed American woman, a Hungarian diplomat and his fragile and beautiful wife, a well spoken English Butler, a nervous female Swedish Missionary out to save "little brown babies,", an ex-British Military Officer, a young woman on a touring holiday, an educated young man acting as a personal secretary to a shady art dealer, a surly German cook, a timid French Conductor, an Italian salesman, a Pinkerton Detective whose lives are to interlink in the strangest of ways with the despised murder victim Ratchett (the shady art dealer) played by the often under valued actor Richard Widmark.
This case of murder most vile will be one of Hercule's most difficult cases and as he systematically digs for the truth among the frightened and sometimes hostile passengers he is eventually confronted with a moral dilemma of frightening proportions and a question arises that he never thought he would have to answer.Read more ›
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Sent this dvd to a good friend of mine in Gatwick, England; however, I have watched my own dvd and really enjoyed this movie with it's exceptional casts.Published 4 months ago by Fraser
Who can't resist a good Agatha Christie book, especially when its put into a movie with Peter Ustinov!Published 5 months ago by Victoria Kuntz
This is not what I expected. I am unable to watch this film because it is a UK formatted DVD. I knew that it was an import and I have purchased imports before but this is the first... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Suburban Mom
Agatha wrote the best, the cast was the best of their time!
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