Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

DVD - 2004
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Hercule Poirot is a dapper detective, aboard the Orient Express, for whom murder-solving is a precise, intellectual exercise. When murder occurs, Poirot agrees to interview all aboard the famous trains Calais coach, hoping to find the killer of an American millionarie before the local police arrive.

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swyckl
Oct 12, 2017

I liked the DVD. It was well done. The plot was strong and had a purpose. It was well acted. I detective mystery stories. It is not to violent or sexual for children. I especially like the author.

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maipenrai
Sep 22, 2017

The wrong Poirot, but still a great suspense movie!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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lukasevansherman
Jul 28, 2016

Murder has seldom been so elegant and so boring. Based on the famous Agatha Christie novel, this is a murder mystery set aboard the famous title train. Albert Finney plays the Belgian detective Hercule Poiriot (he of the "little grey cells"), who is investigating the murder of an American (Richard Widmark). . .and everyone's a suspect! The absurdly overqualified cast includes, well, like 85 actors. Somehow Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar, even though she's only in it for like 15 minutes. It's fun to see all these iconic actors together, but none of them have much to do. Directed, blandly, by Sidney Lumet ("Serpico," "Network"). Peter Ustinov and David Suchet would also play Poirot.

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rslade
Jul 12, 2014

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.

kevfarley Mar 22, 2014

This is is awful ! ...when I got this home and put this movie in the DVD player...it 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 ?

theorbys Jul 25, 2013

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.

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uzebdrumz
Jul 21, 2013

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.

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Monolith
Apr 04, 2012

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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Monolith
Apr 04, 2012

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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Monolith
Apr 04, 2012

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

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