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on 13 July 2016
Having seen this great film previously and an interest in the Orient Express train, I was very pleased to receive this film today. It arrived as always with any DVDs ordered through Amazon UK, securely packaged and in rapid service.

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!
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on 5 September 2016
Albert Finney’s brash, eccentric Poirot rendition was just too much for me. A star-studded cast, as maybe, but not enough to salvage the film itself as the snowplough makes its way towards the “stricken” Express.

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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on 9 April 2009
In this timeless classic, our Belgian detective (in his usual timely manner) finds himself on the Orient Express just as a murder takes place. A snow drift forces the train to stop, giving Poirot time to interview each of the passengers and investigate what turns out to be a most intricate case. As the detective unravels the clues left by the unknown assassin; the statements of the suspects; the murder's connection with the notorious Armstrong case from years earlier, we get the distinct impression that things are not as simple as they seem... and now we have ourselves a show.

I find Albert Finney's Poirot is not as purely cultivated as that of David Suchet, who has had years to perfect his role as the Belgian detective... but frankly, this is a matter of taste. Finney is not at all bad, even if I don't personally fancy his particular interpretation. The accent is a bit poor, but his body language, even his loudness does not bother me; it is a different way of doing it, but not at all out of place.

The rest of the cast, however, deserve a paragraph of their own. It is a list of juggernauts - Lauren Bacall is sharp, cold and talkative; Jacqueline Bisset shy and beautiful; Michael York the perfect gentleman; Sean Connery his usual authoritative and cultivated self; Vanessa Redgrave a golden bird lighting up the room whenever she enters; Ingrid Bergman a visual talent très magnifique. The list goes on, and that Bergman was the only one to take home an Oscar after this is a mystery to me - it could just as easily have been a nomination for Connery, Bacall and especially the director: Sidney Lumet. Frankly, the director did an excellent job keeping all this talent in check; you would want to unleash them all, giving each of them more time on the screen just as a matter of course... but that might have been a case of getting too much of a good thing - taking the limelight away from the mystery and its main protagonist: Hercule Poirot.

This item offers good value for money. It is a single DVD in a normal box, no extra wrappings, booklets or discs. You don't want that in a thing such as this. This film is a classic, and you don't really want hour upon hour of interviews with people you have hardly heard of, telling you about the intricacies of classic film-making and how the cast members insisted upon getting fresh pineapples in their trailers every morning... face it: all you want is the film itself on DVD - no sugar added. This item gives you that pleasure for less than a fiver - a good deal, my little grey cells think.
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on 26 June 2017
This film is a classic and so difficult to see now a days without adverts getting in the way. Not the best quality picture and audio possible from the DVD format but respectable.
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on 31 July 2017
Excellent viewing
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on 14 August 2017
Classic film
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on 18 June 2017
it's oK
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on 21 July 2017
Really good
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on 7 August 2017
An absolute classic
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 19 December 2016
The cast goes a long way to making this a complete success, and it would be hard to imagine more stars pressed into one very elegantly appointed train in the 1930s: among the travellers, Ingrid Bergman, who won an Oscar, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Anthony Perkins, Michael York, Richard Widmark, Jacqueline Bisset and Vanessa Redgrave both looking radiant, and many others besides!. No one in particular stands out, but it gives pleasure to see them all pop up and they all add equally like different pipes on the organ. The word pipe is superbly mispronounced by Hercule Poirot as 'peep', repeatedly. Albert Finney is very good but has a tendency to shout; however this may just be the passion of his deductions boiling over. The film is superbly cushioned visually: the train at night, initially boarding at Istanbul, our meeting all the characters, the narrow corridors and cosy cabins on the Orient Express. The wooden panels are superbly inlaid in art deco style and the glass reliefs that have been set in them like narrow windows look like figures designed by Lalique, enhancing the whole visual appeal. Everything is in place for a cinematic experience with a hint of menace right from the start, in a surprising prologue that takes us back five years. This is made quite unnerving by the brilliant score by Richard Rodney Bennett - which then sounds quite different notes, including the superb, energising waltz heard over the credits. Time and again he points up the action with a few deft sounds in the score, and the film acquires greater depth and mystique as a result. It really is a film that gives a lot of pleasure as long as you accept that it is just a genre film and doesn't delve too deeply into the murkier side of human nature, as more modern films about murder tend to.
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