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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Film!
The scene is set in this delightful Film Noir, in Post War Paris, and starts with a robbery from (what transpires to be) an Embassy. The first few minutes of the film are a little confusing, but after a short while all starts to make sense and fall into place.

There is a wonderful ambience about the cinematography, evocative of the era and the...
Published 11 months ago by M Hobbs

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story and Great Cast
For an old movie this was superb, great cast and interesting story. This is definitely one for the "Classic" file.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Film!, 17 Aug 2013
This review is from: Sleeping Car To Trieste [DVD] (DVD)
The scene is set in this delightful Film Noir, in Post War Paris, and starts with a robbery from (what transpires to be) an Embassy. The first few minutes of the film are a little confusing, but after a short while all starts to make sense and fall into place.

There is a wonderful ambience about the cinematography, evocative of the era and the surroundings.

Following the robbery, an accomplice double crosses his "partners in crime", making off.......

The motive for the robbery soon becomes clear, being for political reasons. The object of the robbery is a Diary, the contents of which turn out to be highly explosive, and having the potential to destabilise a country (we're never quite sure which country, but that's by the by!). However, political ideology is one thing, but the motive of greed is another, and so the intrigue begins to gather pace - as does the Orient Express, set within which, the plot begins to gradually unfold.

There are many similarities to Murder on The Orient Express, and in that context, gradually more characters are introduced. Who are these people? Are they somehow linked into the subterfuge? All, my dear friends, will become clear.......

There are some wonderful characters that we meet as the Orient Express makes it's romantic progress across Europe, none more so than the famous (and equally prickly and belligerent) writer Alastair MacBain, perfectly portrayed by Finlay Currie (you'll recognise the face, if not the name, a list of credits as long as your arm!). You'll feel for his long suffering secretary, Mills (played by the also instantly recognisable Hugh Burden).

Poor George Grant (Derrick De Marney) is an altogether not unpleasant chap, a respectable lawyer on a business trip (accompanied by a female to which he is not married......... risqué in those days!), becomes embroiled in the situation, and is framed for the murder of one of the villains that is bumped off on the train........ Will he prove his innocence?

There is also some great humour in the story, particularly that displayed by the irritating, "in your face" Tom Bishop (classic comedy actor David Tomlinson), who's main interests in life seem to be whisky, women, and playing cards - not necessarily in that order - (sounds good to me).

The fight scene and ensuing murder will have you laughing (although not intended to do so). It's so unrealistic (as all fight sequences were in those days), it's hilarious.

It's interesting to note, that pretty much every scene shows somebody furiously puffing away on a cigarette (the tobacco companies must have loved it). Oh how times have changed!

This film has a most charming naivety about it, with some of the character portrayals being somewhat clichéd, particularly the travelling American serviceman!

A smashing film, perfect for a snuggly Sunday afternoon - enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous live shots of French and Italian steam locomotoves!, 5 Mar 2014
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Oliver W. Bedford (Queenscliff, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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The drama is well-acted and absorbing, but the real stars are the French and Italian steam locomotives. If your heart beats a little faster at the sight and sound of mighty locomotives hauling crack express trains, you really must buy this DVD!

There was obviously a high degree of co-operation from the French (and Italian) railway authorities, making this movie a steam-lover's treat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Thousand Miles of Thrills" From STRAWBERRYMEDIA/SPIRIT, 1 Sep 2013
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Praise where praise is due. STRAWBERRYMEDIA have done viewers proud with a very good DVD Transfer (4.3 Ratio), picture and sound (for once) both very acceptable thankyou. The story is one for all "Train Thriller" buffs. Not, perhaps up to "Lady Vanishes" standard but close with similar rather cliched characters including the married man trying to run away with his young girlfriend, and the annoying English twit, all well played by Derek De Marney/Rona Anderson and David Tomlinson respectively. In fact there are so many well known character faces you would need a whole page to list them all. The film tails off in my opinion towards the end, but in general maintains a rhythm and tension for most of it's 90 mins duration. Highly recomended for quality and content, and it just, for me, only just, misses 5 stars because it is for some perhaps, a bit dated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned charm, 12 Jun 2014
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Nice little movie, if a bit stilted in delivery. But it conjured up the charm of what it must have been like to travel in luxury on a train through Europe in those days, with a few thrills along the way. However, movies made in the 1930s did the job even more atmospherically.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story and Great Cast, 1 May 2014
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For an old movie this was superb, great cast and interesting story. This is definitely one for the "Classic" file.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De Marney fan, 7 Oct 2013
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Aitken "film collector" (NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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This surprise recent release was very much enjoyed , It had been a title on my not available list, I am a great fan of Derrick De Marney and was thrilled to see him in another film. Without him this film would have been pretty ordinary for me.
Having revisited this film I must say that I actually enjoyed it even more, the spy plot is really secondary to a very British humored film of characters train bound across Europe.
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3 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not set in Paris, 28 Sep 2013
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Duncan (Blairgowrie, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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The reviews of this film are very misleading. Set in Paris - no - the first five minutes are supposedly in Paris - but could be anywhere. Cold war - nothing to do with the plot. Second rate B movie - don't buy.
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