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Murder on the Orient Express Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Marshall Fine

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.

Academy Awards

Murder on the Orient Express received an Academy Award for Supporting Actress (Ingrid Bergman). Murder on the Orient Express also received Academy Awards nominations for Actor (Albert Finney), Writing (Best Screenplay adapted from other material; Paul Dehn), Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth), Costume Design (Tony Walton), and Music Scoring Awards (Best Original Dramatic Score; Richard Rodney Bennett).

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"This is, I think, my second favourite film of all time (second to the newly released Chicago!). I was amazed and enthralled by the book, which was a pleasure to read, and the film not only stayed true to the already superb book, but added an extra dimension that put the icing on the cake. The casting is wonderful, the acting is amazing, and the direction was of a quiality that you see very, very rarely. Christie must have been exremely proud."

--Anonymous

"I seem to remember that when I saw this movie in the theater, the expositional segment of the Daisy Armstrong kidnapping took place BEFORE the credit sequence. It scared the hell out of me. (I was only in 8th grade.) And I loved the way the dramatic bridge in Richard Rodney Bennnett's score hit the name of Richard Widmark (the killer of Daisy, of course) in those credits!"

--Anonymous

 

FILM FACTS

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Stars: Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Lauren Bacall, Albert Finney, Martin Balsam, Jean-Pierre Cassel, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Rachel Roberts, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Michael York, Colin Blakely, George Coulouris

Released: November 24, 1974

Availability: VHS CD


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