Murder on Orient Express [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Bacall/Balsam/Bergman/Bisset ~ Murder On The Orient Express
Just the name "Orient Express" conjures up images of a bygone era. Add an all-star cast (including Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset and Lauren Bacall, to name a few) and Agatha Christie's delicious plot and how can you go wrong? Particularly if you add in Albert Finney as Christie's delightfully pernickety sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Someone has knocked off nasty Richard Widmark on this train trip and, to Poirot's puzzlement, everyone seems to have a motive--just the set-up for a terrific whodunit. Though it seems like an ensemble film, director Sidney Lumet gives each of his stars their own solo and each makes the most of it. Bergman went so far as to win an Oscar for her role. But the real scene-stealer is the ever-reliable Finney as the eccentric detective who never misses a trick. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The film has a great cast who play there various parts well and work their characters superbly! Although David Suchet plays a good Poirot in the TV series, Albert Finney's version for me is the best. He is forceful when he needs to be and carries off the humour magnificently!! Vanessa Redgrave, always a darling to watch, although not a substantial part in this.
Authentic Chief Attendant played by John Moffatt, speaking several languages like the actual staff do on the regular Orient Express train services.
So if you like period murder mysteries, then this is an excellent one to buy!
Not much in the way of extras on this DVD but for the price it's great to have the movie in excellent quality!
The one bright, but unfulfilled might have been, was the appearance early on in the film of Jeremy Lloyd, the A.D.C., seated with Finney sometime prior to boarding the train.
Lloyd was an under-used acting talent (he preferred to script for others to fool around with). He had a major role as a medical undergraduate in Doctor in Clover, a little contribution in School for Scoundrels, and an even more fragmentary showing in Seven Keys (“Not Bad”!) – an Edgar Wallace series “7” extra, and a good one at that.
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