Murder on the Orient Express
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Murder on the Orient Express
Like many of Agatha Christie's mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express is predicated on an actual event, in this case the Lindbergh kidnapping. In the movie, everyone on board the Orient Express seems to have concluded that hateful financier Ratchett (Richard Widmark) was behind the abduction and murder of the infant daughter of a famed aviatrix. Thus, when Ratchett is himself found murdered, everyone is suspect. Normally, the police would handle the investigation, but the train has been stalled by a snowslide halfway between Istanbul and Paris. Thus, it's up to the insufferable but… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The major fun in watching Sidney Lumet's glitzy version of Agatha Christie is spotting the stars and observing their accents and eccentricties"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Only Finney goes to extra length here to play the finicky Poirot, though for some reason Bergman was singled out for an Academy Award."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Lumet pulls off an incredible adaptation of a marvelous book."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Top heavy with suspects but low on thrills."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Though the ending's pretty obvious, even for those who haven't read the book, you can't deny the power of this cast."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Much of the film truly does belong to Finney's Poirot -- and to his scenes with Martin Balsam and George Colouris --all of which are endlessly entertaining and fascinating."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"All-star murder-mystery fun."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The real knockout performance comes from Finney, deservedly nominated for an eccentric turn that's unlike anything else he's ever attempted."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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