Murder on the Orient Express

DVD - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Murder on the Orient Express
Hercule Poirot is a dapper detective for whom murder-solving is a precise, intellectual exercise. When a murder occurs aboard the Orient Express, Poirot agrees to interview all aboard the famous train's Calais coach, hoping to find the killer of an American millionaire before the local police arrive.


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Albert Finney plays Hercule Poirot in Sidney Lumet's all-star 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel.

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Jul 12, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

While there are some good acting jobs in this film, it is hard to say whether Albert Finney is worse than Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot, or equally bad in a different way.

Mar 22, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is is awful ! ...when I got this home and put this movie in the DVD says: NOT FORMATTED FOR THIS REGION !!?? I have watched thousands of other New York Public Library DVDs on my Panasonic Region 1 DVD Player,.. but this one makes it a DOZEN that have come up as NOT FORMATTED etc. ! I really wanted to see this one. WHY is the New York Public Library buying DVD's that are NOT FORMATTED to be viewed in this region ? And why does the New York Public Library's Purchasing Department continue to not respond to repeated e-mails sent to them about this problem ?? Has this happened to anyone else out there ?

Jul 25, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I became a fan of the superb TV series starring David Suchet et al, and slowly became more of a Poirot fan. While Suchet's Poirot is definitive, and any other may seem somehow off, Albert Finney is a great actor and the essence of Poirot's character, aside from the little grey cells, is his idiosyncratic nature. Finney gives a very strong idiosyncratic Poirot that makes this film very enjoyable. The rest of the all star cast does a great job, even Lauren Bacall, with Lynn Redgrave and Wendy Hiller coming close to stealing the show. It's great Poirotiana and I am quite pleased to see a somewhat different, and masterful, interpretation of Poirot.

Jul 21, 2013
  • uzebdrumz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An intriguing backstory sets the stage for a murder and motive aboard a train. Hercule Poirot uses detective skill and logic to offer a solution to the crime.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This delightful Agatha Christie mystery was well interpreted by director Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Serpico, etc.). Set in 1935, the story is centered around, and reminiscent of, a Lindbergh style kidnapping. With a slow start, it revs up towards the end with a terrific (aging) international cast. Although Albert Finney dominates the role of the all-knowing Bulgarian Detective Poirot masterfully, Ingrid Bergman surprisingly won an Oscar as the timid, admittedly dim-witted missionary. Lauren Bacall is perfectly suited as the complaining, bitchy American woman, and Anthony Perkins was a natural at being strange and twitchy (e.g. Norman Bates). Sean Connery was born for the macho British officer gig (even though he's Scottish), as was John Gielgud for the prim & proper butler role. Jacqueline Bisset was at her prime as eye candy. A murdered millionaire (with a secret), a Russian princess with her neo-Nazi maid, and an Italian car salesman from Chicago. Although the ending was preposterous and somewhat disappointing, I found this movie charming and definitely entertaining. The warm wooden interior of the train stuck in the snow gave it a cozy atmosphere for a view on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Detective Hercule Poirot: "You never smile, madame la princesse?" Princess Dragomiroff: "My doctor has advised against it."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Foscarelli: "Hey, what are you reading, Mr. Beddoes?" Beddoes: "I am reading "Love's Captive," by Mrs. Arabella Richardson." Foscarelli: "Is it about sex?" Beddoes: "No, it's about 10:30, Mr. Foscarelli."


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Sep 10, 2014
  • aigos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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