Murder on The Orient Express movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Old in age, old in style and an entertaining detective murder-mystery, 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express is definitely classical. The film is splendid, entertaining and appealing.


Detective Hercule Poirot settles into what he expects will be a relaxing journey home aboard the Orient Express after having concluded a case. But when an unpopular billionaire is suddenly murdered, Poirot investigates the situation and everyone on board the train is a suspect.

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Movie details

Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Martin Balsam, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Jacqueline Bisset
Writer: Paul Dehn
Release Date (Australia): 21 March 1975
Runtime: 128 minutes/2h 8m
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama
Country: UK
Language: English, French, German, Turkish, Swedish

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains mild thematic material including verbal and visual references to murder, suicide, and the kidnapping and murder of an infant.

Violence (PG)

The film contains depictions of a man implicitly being stabbed and blood detail.

Coarse Language (G)

The film contains a singular use of the word “bloody” and use of the words “damn” and “hell”.

Sex (G)

A man asks if a book another man is reading is about sex.

mpaa rating

PG (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

A classical detective whodunnit with a very interesting conclusion. The majority of the story’s points have to go straight to Agatha Christie, the author of novels Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile, Death on the Nile being the sequel that follows the same detective, Hercule Poirot, on another whodunnit clearly set on the water.

1974’s Murder on the Orient Express is the motion picture version of the story directed by Sidney Lumet, who directs and captures the plot in old-fashioned cinematography similar style to any other 70s movie. Thankfully, the murder mystery is done cleverly, managing to be captivating and actually entertaining at the same time.

Albert Finney delivers a fine but not an overly notable or extreme performance as the story’s detective. The rest of the cast stage their characters realistically, but certainly aren’t to die for. The way this film tells its story is satisfactory, not getting too detailed with big parts and focusing on dialogue, but it’s still entertaining. Overall, it’s worth watching.

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