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Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: Agatha Christie, Paul Dehn
  • Producers: John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Sept. 7 2004
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I832C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,671 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Bacall/Balsam/Bergman/Bisset ~ Murder On The Orient Express

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger O. Thornhill on Oct. 19 2006
Format: DVD
Many of the other reviewers criticize Albert Finney's performance as Poirot, but to my mind he comes much closer to Christie's creation than Peter Ustinov did. Finney captures the vanity and ego of the man in a more understated way, as well as physically looking like the Poirot I imagined reading the books as a teenager. There are many terrific performances in the film, from Wendy Hiller as a stone-faced Russian princess to Vanessa Redgrave who gives a rather joyful performance as an unflappable English secretary (the moment when she winks at Sean Connery before going in for questioning is one of the best moments in the film). There's a wildly successful attempt on the part of the art and set decorators, costume, makeup and hairdressers to recreate the opulence of a by-gone era. Richard Rodney Bennett's score is alternatively lush and eerie at exactly the right moments.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Hart on July 3 2004
Format: DVD
Thirty years ago in 1974, Sidney Lumet (who is known for directing "Network" in 1976, "Serpico" in 1973 and "Death Trap" in 1982) directed a murder-mystery film based upon the 1934 novel "Murder on the Orient Express" (a.k.a. "Murder in the Calais Coach"). The novel was written by the famous murder-mystery author Agatha Christie (1890-1976) and was the ninth book in the series that featured her famous fictional detective named Hercule Poirot. The Orient Express began service in 1883 as a passenger rail service between Paris and Venice. An additional southern route (known as the Simplon Orient Express) was started in 1919 that ran from Paris to Istanbul that also passed through Venice. It is upon the Simplon Orient Express that Agatha Christie placed the location for her novel.
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.
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Take a star studded cast with legendary actors such as Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Richard Widmark, John Gielguld, Wendy Hillier and many more and put them on a train together and what do you have?
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.
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Nearly 30 years after its release, the star-studded "Murder on the Orient Express" remains one the the best of the big screen's adaptations of Agatha Christie's works. Confined to the fabled train with the richest of the ultra-privileged class and trapped by a mammoth snow drift, everyone comes under suspicion when a self-described businessman (Richard Widmark) who turns out to be the mastermind of a child kidnapping that ends in murder of the child, is himself murdered (who can ignore the obvious similarity to the Lindbergh baby kidnapping?). Everyone in the all-star cast comes under suspicion, from Lauren Bacall as a character intended to scrape the nerves raw, to Ingrid Bergman in an Oscar-winning supporting role, to the breathtakingly beautiful Jacqueline Bissett, to Anthony Perkins, the late Sir John Geilgud and a magestic Wendy Hiller. But Albert Finney, as celebrated investigator Hercule Peroit, is amazing. True to Christie form, we come to a totally unexpected solution and resolution that doesn't deter us from watching this film time and again. Lavishly produced and rich in scenery, we actually get a sense of being trapped on the motionless train wondering who of our fellow passengers did the dirty deed, which is what makes this film so enjoyable with every viewing. More satisfying is that the viewer won't feel cheated by an ending that one critic at the time dismissed as "too easy." That aside, it's little wonder the film was an Academy favorite in multiple nominations.
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