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.
This is easily the best screen adaptation of an Agatha Christie whodunnit and, for those unfamiliar with either book or film, the solution will take your breath away.
Albert Finney makes fussy Belgian detective Poirot seem every bit as preposterous as Christie intended, yet without relying on the oversize mannerisms of Peter Ustinov, and he earned an Oscar nomination for his wonderful performance.
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.
Praise should also go to director Sidney Lumet for lashing on the style and keeping you guessing until that ending.
Pierre Paul Michel