Murder On The Orient Express

July 3, 2013 - Comment

Elegant escapist entertainment at its stylishly European best. This Agatha Christie whodunit boasts an incredible international cast as some of the most wonderfully eccentric characters ever created. Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her slightly dim-witted Bible-quoting Swedish missionary. Albert Finney is the dapper detective Hercule Poirot for whom murder-solving is a precise intellectual exercise.

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Elegant escapist entertainment at its stylishly European best. This Agatha Christie whodunit boasts an incredible international cast as some of the most wonderfully eccentric characters ever created. Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her slightly dim-witted Bible-quoting Swedish missionary. Albert Finney is the dapper detective Hercule Poirot for whom murder-solving is a precise intellectual exercise. 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. Packed with sparkling dialogue and visually rich in texture this incomparable thriller received six Academy Award nominations.

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Wayne Klein "If at first the idea is not absu... says:

Superb cast in deluxe, restored edition of DVD Agatha Christie’s mysteries changed the genre. With twists, turns and credible watertight plotting her novels divorced themselves from the hackneyed conventions of the genre. Sidney Lumet’s superb film of Christie’s novel looks marvelous on this deluxe DVD from Paramount. The rich, colorful cinematographer of Geoffrey Unsworth (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) looks terrific. Lumet’s assured hand guides the film without hesitation to a truly stunning conclusion. Paramount has remastered the soundtrack…

Darren Harrison "DVD collector and reviewer" says:

Elegant, stylish murder mystery… …but turn on the closed captioning, because as one reviewer pointed out Albert Finney’s heavy accent and often garbled speech could try anyone’s comprehension, not to mention patience. But Finney is still excellent, though he falls short of David Suchet, who is the quintessential Hercule Poirot.

Anonymous says:

Excellent whodunnit with a surprising twist To me the definitive Hercule Poirot will always be Peter Ustinov, but in 1974 Albert Finney tackled the role in this excellent adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name and the movie continues to this day as one of my very favorite whodunnit’s – thank goodness it is finally making its way to DVD. Starring a cast that is simply incredible this movie set the standard for the Ustinov star studded movies that would follow (starting with 1978’s DEATH ON THE NILE). Included on…

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