Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

DVD - 2004
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Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount, 2004, 1974
ISBN: 9780792198246
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE MURD
Characteristics: 1 video disc (127 mins.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in


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Mar 22, 2019

By far the best version of the novel, and the closest. The remakes made unnecessary and in some cases cringeworthy (the Suchet version) changes to appeal to modern viewers. The only noticeable changes I saw in this version were the changing of two of the character names, and one of those was because of a change of nationality of the character. I personally thought Finney was a better Poirot than Suchet, although he only played him once. Suchet was also stellar and deserves his reputation. Both physically resembled the character, although I thought Finney’s had better scene-chewing. This version also excelled more than virtually any other version of a Christie novel in other areas such as directing, sets, costumes, photography, and music. Not to mention one of the finest all star casts ever.

Oct 03, 2018

Superb acfing all the way around but I, too, am a fan of David Suchet's Poirot. And the Suchet version of Orient, also the best of his Agatha stories. In this story, in Suchet's version, the clever detective does not have all the answers but throughout the story from the Lieutenant's (?) suicide to the woman being stoned to Ratchet's murder, Poirot wrestles with 'what is justice?'

Oct 02, 2018

I love this story, though I don't really like the Poirot character; he's just too precious in this version. If you like this version, though, I encourage you to also watch the new version. I really prefer it. But the story is a classic, whoever plays in it. I still remember the first time I read it, how stunned I was when all is revealed. I did not see that coming! Both films do a good job of capturing Christie's obfuscations as well as her broad hints which you may not recognize as such the first time through. It's one of the few films that is even more fun to watch for the 2nd and 3rd times in order to pick up the clues you missed in previous viewings. There's yet a 3rd version which may have shown only on TV. I like that one the least, mainly because I detest watching David Suchet.

Jun 25, 2018

Enjoyable film overall. All-star cast, good direction. Not sure how closely it followed the book.

d2013 Apr 11, 2018

Still remains interesting and worthy.

Mar 26, 2018

The 1974 production of Murder on the Orient Express stands tall, very tall, over the 2017 production starring Kenneth Branagh as Poirot. I saw this film when it came out and I was pleased and still am. The cast of actors and the lighting and Albert Finney are top notch. Actor Richard Widmark as the heinous Ratchet is marvelously better than Johnny Depp. The train called the Orient Express still travels to this date.

just saw the Kenneth Branagh theatrical release. didn't think I'd like Branagh as Poirot, but I did. They cast the villain of the piece, well.

Dec 16, 2017

This version has beautiful costumes and sets. There is a remarkable cast, except, iMO, for the lead character of Hercule Poirot played by Albert Finney. The tv version with David Suchet (Toby Jones, Jessica Chastain...) remains my favourite, but this is worth seeing for the big names of the time and the big budget production.

Oct 12, 2017

I liked the DVD. It was well done. The plot was strong and had a purpose. It was well acted. I detective mystery stories. It is not to violent or sexual for children. I especially like the author.

Sep 22, 2017

The wrong Poirot, but still a great suspense movie!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Apr 04, 2012

Foscarelli: "Hey, what are you reading, Mr. Beddoes?" Beddoes: "I am reading "Love's Captive," by Mrs. Arabella Richardson." Foscarelli: "Is it about sex?" Beddoes: "No, it's about 10:30, Mr. Foscarelli."

Apr 04, 2012

Detective Hercule Poirot: "You never smile, madame la princesse?" Princess Dragomiroff: "My doctor has advised against it."

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