Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

Sidney Lumet (1974)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This is easily the best screen adaptation of an Agatha Christie whodunnit and, for those unfamiliar with either book or film, the solution will take your breath away. Albert Finney makes fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot seem every bit as preposterous as Christie intended, yet without relying on the oversize mannerisms of Peter Ustinov or Kenneth Branagh's distracting moustache in the 2017 remake, and he earned an Oscar nomination for his wonderful performance. The supporting cast does everything that is expected of it, with Ingrid Bergman's Oscar-winning turn just about the pick of a stellar selection. Praise should also go to director Sidney Lumet for lashing on the style and keeping you guessing until that ending.


An American businessman travelling on the Orient Express from Istanbul to Paris tries to hire Hercule Poirot to discover the source of the death threats that have been made against him. The sleuth refuses, but wakes up the following morning to learn the man has been stabbed to death while the train was held up by heavy snow - and there is no shortage of suspects among the passengers. Agatha Christie mystery, starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery and Vanessa Redgrave.

Cast & Crew

Hercule Poirot Albert Finney
Mrs Hubbard Lauren Bacall
Bianchi Martin Balsam
Greta Ohlsson Ingrid Bergman
Countess Andrenyi Jacqueline Bisset
Pierre Paul Michel Jean-Pierre Cassel
Colonel Arbuthnot Sean Connery
Beddoes John Gielgud
Princess Dragomiroff Wendy Hiller
Hector McQueen Anthony Perkins
Mary Debenham Vanessa Redgrave
Hildegarde Schmidt Rachel Roberts (1)
Ratchett Richard Widmark
Count Andrenyi Michael York
Hardman Colin Blakely
Foscarelli Denis Quilley
Dr Constantine George Coulouris
Director Sidney Lumet
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray