The ultimate "whodunit" story, filmed by a director who knows how to play with the viewer and with the secrets of the characters with just a few camera movements, and an extraordinary ensemble cast that gives humanity to all Agatha Christie's characters. David Suchet is the definitive Poirot for my generation, Albert Finney has a perfect one-man-stand that no one should miss.
Lumet's adaptation of the Christie mystery was a critical and box office success on release in '74. 40 plus years later it's a pretty creaky affair with its seventies style all-star cast, slow pacing and various contrivances. No one particularly stands out even Bergman in her Oscar winning turn. Worst is Finney who is far too young for the part with both a ridiculous accent and moustache.
Beddoes: Oh, yes sir. the Italian person. Poirot: Does he speak english? Beddoes: A kind of English sir, I think he learnt it in a place called Chicago sir. Poirot: You talk together much? Beddoes: Oh, No sir. I prefer to read. . . . Foscarelli: Hey, What are you reading Mr. Beddoes? Beddoes: 'Love`s Captive' by Mrs. Annabella Richardson. Foscarelli: Is it about sex? Beddoes: It is about 10:30 Mr. Foscarelli.
1930s nostalgy from the 1970s with lots of stars: Sean Connery playing the tough gentleman, Anthony Perkins playing a mother’s boy, Lauren Bacall playing a diva... there’s typecasting for you. The film is way too theatrical for my taste, it’s dominated by a sort of faked naivety that must have worked well in the 70s but not anymore, at least in my case. Poirot got on my nerves.
All-star cast and an eye for detailing Victorian high-class elevate this otherwise plain decent crime film. Relying on eccentricity and intriguing antagonists, with an inspired performance by its main character, the whole seems like a montage of interviews not as high on thrills or even suspense as one would hope.
Review: Murder On The Orient Express (1974) 74/100 - Good. True to the book, Lumet’s feature film succeeds in transcribing script to screen, but unfortunately does little to transform the literary into the cinematic. http://nextprojection.com/2015/09/04/celebrating-ingrid-bergman-centenary-murder-orient-express/
I'm sorry I'm not a Poirot purist, but I do like murder mysteries. Honestly, I watched it more because of Sean Connery than Finney. Bond beats Poirot. Orient Express is fun in a campy sort of way, but it felt like a star-studded novelty that'd be more suited for television. It's like a stylized Matlock. I'm clearly out of my element, aren't I?
Nicely shot and well acted by the whole cast. Despite this it still feels more like a television special than a feature film. Can't fault it's entertainment value though; even if it is lacking anything that makes it stand out other then the story. MVP is obviously Agatha Christie, whose story is arguably one of the greatest whodunnits ever written.
One of my favourite films of all time - as i love everything that has to do with Agatha Christie. Finney is not my favourite Poirot - but he is great here, nonetheless. The cast is absolutely wonderful, and very impressive. The plot is ingenious, and the scene where Poirot uncovers everything is my absolute favourite. All in all, a wonderful film!