Murder on the Orient Express
First screened in March 2002 / Most recently screened in November 2006
Director: Sidney Lumet. Cast: Albert Finney, Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, John Gielgud, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Michael York, Colin Blakely, George Coulouris, Vernon Dobtcheff, Jeremy Lloyd, John Moffat. Screenplay: Paul Dehn (based on the novel by Agatha Christie).

Twitter Capsule: A waxworks, even when specific actors or Christie's cunning conceit furnish some life. Finney no fun.

VOR:   Adapts the all-star disaster epic for the Agathaverse. Fitful inspiration in the performances and in visualizing detection, prevarication, and revelation. But honestly not much.



Photo © 1974 Warner Bros. Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. C


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Actor: Albert Finney
Best Supporting Actress: Ingrid Bergman
Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Dehn
Best Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth
Best Costume Design: Tony Walton
Best Original Score: Richard Rodney Bennett

Other Awards:
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Supporting Actress (Bergman); Best Supporting Actor (Gielgud); Best Original Score

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