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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

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Famous detective Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express, but the train is caught in the snow. When one of the passengers is discovered murdered, Poirot immediately starts investigating. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The greatest cast of suspicious characters ever involved in murder. See more »

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24 November 1974 (USA)  »

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Mord im Orient-Express  »

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£1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Agatha Christie's story was inspired by the notorious kidnapping, and subsequent murder, of famous aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's baby, Charles Lindbergh Jr. in 1932. Charles A. Lindbergh died three months before the movie was released. See more »

Goofs

In Istanbul we hear a muezzin giving the standard Muslim azan (call to prayer) in Arabic: "Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!" However, the movie is set during the 1930s when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was in power. During this time, the Arabic azan was outlawed, and a Turkish one ("Tanri Uludur!") had to be used instead. After Ataturk's death in 1938 the law was repealed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ferry conductor: Your ticket, please.
Mary Debenham: Oh, yes.
Ferry conductor: Welcome aboard, Miss Debenham.
Mary Debenham: Thank you.
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Soundtracks

Overture And Kidnapping
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Composed by Richard Rodney Bennett
Performed by Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden conducted by Marcus Dods
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A Suave and Sleek Thriller!
3 March 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

A great ensemble cast. Superb direction. An amazing mystery. The finest of the Christie film versions. Finney is the most amazing screen Poirot since the great Charles Laughton. He's devilish as much as he is clever and cunning. Beautifully crafted and scripted, the film is one of the finest of the genre. Not to be missed.


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