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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

An exotic array of characters boards the famed Orient Express in Istanbul, including punctilious detective Hercule Poirot. However, even his presence cannot prevent a fellow passenger’s murder.

Albert Finney is extremely shouty and a little too aggressive as fussy Belgian detective Poirot but earned an Oscar nomination for his performance. It’s not a patch on David Suchet’s definitive portrayal in the long-running London Weekend Television production of Poirot.

The supporting cast does everything that is expected of it, with Ingrid Bergman’s Oscar-winning turn just about the pick of a stellar selection.

Hercule Poirot
Albert Finney
Mrs Hubbard
Lauren Bacall
Martin Balsam
Greta Ohlsson
Ingrid Bergman
Countess Andrenyi
Jacqueline Bisset
Pierre Paul Michel
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Colonel Arbuthnot
Sean Connery
John Gielgud
Princess Dragomiroff
Wendy Hiller
Hector McQueen
Anthony Perkins
Mary Debenham
Vanessa Redgrave
Hildegarde Schmidt
Rachel Roberts
Richard Widmark
Count Andrenyi
Michael York
Colin Blakely
Denis Quilley
Dr Constantine
George Coulouris

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