Agatha Christie’s beloved sleuth Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) books passage on the famed Orient Express only to find himself at the center of a murder investigation. The mysterious Mr. Ratchett (Richard Widmark) is found murdered in his cabin, a victim of twelve stab wounds. It is up to Poirot to question the remaining passengers. In so doing, he discovers that, coincidentally, each of them has a personal connection to the Daisy Armstrong kidnapping and murder in the United States five years earlier. (Echoes of the Lindbergh kidnapping case of the 1930’s.) Aided by his trusted friend, Signior Bianchi (Martin Balsam), Poirot begins to develop a unique theory that he ultimately shares with everyone aboard. —IMDb
Sidney Lumet (born June 25, 1924) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which, except for Serpico (1973), earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.
According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Lumet is one of the most prolific directors of the modern era making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He is especially noted for his ability to draw major actors to his projects. “Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes,” states Turner Classic Movies. “Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary.”
One of his steady themes during his career has been the “fragility of justice and the police and their corruption,” according to Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film. He can deliver… read more