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The film features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot Albert Finneywho is asked to investigate the murder of an American business tycoon aboard the Orient Express train. The screenplay is by Paul Dehn as well as an uncredited Anthony Shaffer. The film was a commercial and critical success. Of these nominations, Bergman was the only winner. In DecemberHercule Poirot is traveling aboard the Orient Expressencountering his friend Signor Bianchi, a director of the company which owns the line.
That night, Bianchi lets Poirot use his compartment as he goes to sleep in another Coffee And Honey - Stereo Venus - Close To The Sun. During the journey, the train is stopped in heavy snows in Yugoslavia.
The next morning Ratchett is found stabbed to death in his cabin. Bianchi entreats Poirot to solve the case. They enlist the help of Stavros Constantine, a Greek medical doctor who was travelling in the other coach. Constantine finds Sunday Morning - The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico was stabbed 12 times, though some wounds were slight.
The doors to the other cars were locked, so the murderer is likely one of the passengers in Poirot's coach, or its French conductor, Pierre Michel. Found at the crime scene is a fragment of a burned letter. Examining the letter, Poirot discovers that Ratchett was actually Lanfranco Cassetti, a gangster who five years earlier planned the kidnapping and murder of Daisy Armstrong, infant daughter of British Army Colonel Hamish Armstrong and his American wife Sonia.
Overcome with grief, the pregnant Mrs. Armstrong went into premature labour and died giving birth to a stillborn baby. A French maidservant named Paulette, suspected of complicity in the kidnapping, committed suicide, only to be found innocent later. Colonel Armstrong, consumed by these tragedies, committed suicide. Cassetti betrayed his partner by fleeing the country with the ransom, and was only revealed to be involved on the eve of his partner's execution.
Several clues are quickly discovered suggesting that an assassin boarded the train during the night while it was stuck in the snowdrift, murdered Cassetti and then left the train. Hubbard reports that Todo Dolor - Florencia Ruiz - Luz De La Noche detected the presence of a man in her bed. Then, a button from a sleeping car conductor's uniform is discovered.
Pierre confirms that he is not missing any buttons from his uniform. Later, an entire conductor's uniform is discovered that does not fit Pierre and is missing a button. In the uniform's pocket is a conductor's pass key. Finally, Mrs. Hubbard discovers a bloody dagger. Constantine confirms that it could have inflicted all the wounds found on Cassetti's body.
Poirot later agrees with Foscarelli that the assassin was likely a member of a rival Mafia gang, exacting vengeance as The Knife - Richard Rodney Bennett - Le Crime de lOrient Express (Agatha Christies Murder On The O of a Mafia feud. As these clues are being discovered, Poirot begins interviewing the passengers. He learns that: McQueen was the son of the District The Way You Dream - 1 Giant Leap - 1 Giant Leap who prosecuted the case and was very fond of Mrs.
Armstrong; Beddoes had been a British Army batman ; Countess Andrenyi is of German descent and her maiden name is Grunwald; Greta Ohlsson has a limited knowledge of the English language and has been to America; Pierre Michel's daughter died five years earlier of scarlet fever; Col. Arbuthnot, who displays a knowledge of Armstrong's military decorations, plans to wed Mary Debenham. Armstrong's mother; the Princess was Sonia's godmother. He learns The Knife - Richard Rodney Bennett - Le Crime de lOrient Express (Agatha Christies Murder On The O the Armstrongs had a butler, a secretary, a cook, a chauffeur and a nursemaid to Daisy.
Poirot flatters Hildegarde Schmidt by saying he knows a good cook when he sees one, and she responds to his request for a photo of the maid Paulette, with whom Miss Schmidt was friendly.
Foscarelli vehemently denies ever having been in private service as a chauffeur. Hardman reveals he is, in fact, a Pinkerton detective hired to guard Cassetti. When shown the photo of Paulette, Hardman breaks down and reveals he knew her. Poirot gathers the suspects together, stating he has formulated two possible scenarios. The first, his simple solution, is the one suggesting that Cassetti's murder was Dile Al Sacristan - Various - Experience - Spain result of a Mafia feud.
The second, his complex solution, links all the suspects on the coach to the Armstrong case. In addition Nachtschicht - Astrid Vollenbruch - Die Drei ???
- Das Geheimnis Der Diva the earlier self-incriminating revelations by Hardman, McQueen, Miss Schmidt and the Princess, the Princess had incriminated three others: when asked Mrs Armstrong's maiden name, she replied "Greenwood", the English for "Grunwald", allowing Poirot to deduce that Countess Elena was Mrs Armstrong's sister, and Count Andrenyi her brother-in-law; the Princess also claimed the secretary's name was "Miss Freebody", so Poirot deduced the secretary was in fact Mary Debenham as in the London department store Debenham and Freebody.
Poirot then presents the motives of the other suspects: Pierre was Paulette's father; Beddoes was Colonel Armstrong's army batman and the family butler; Miss Ohlsson was Daisy's nursemaid having inadvertently shown an understanding of complex English words ; Col. Arbuthnot was a close army friend of Armstrong's; Foscarelli was the Armstrongs' private chauffeur; Hardman was a police officer in love with Paulette and Mrs Hubbard is Linda Arden, Mrs Armstrong's mother. McQueen had drugged Cassetti so each of the passengers could stab him — with the Andrenyis stabbing Cassetti together, totaling 12 stab wounds.
The noises which disturbed Poirot's sleep were contrived to obfuscate the time of death. Poirot asks Bianchi to choose one of the two solutions to present to the police once the train is freed from the snowdrift. He admits that the Yugoslavian police will likely prefer the simple solution. Bianchi decides that Cassetti deserved to die, and elects the simple solution. Poirot agrees, admitting he will struggle with his conscience when he gives his report to the police.
The passengers celebrate with champagne as the train is freed of the snow and resumes its journey. Agatha Christie had been quite displeased with some film adaptations of her works made in the s, and accordingly was unwilling to sell any more film rights. When Nat Cohenchairman of EMI Filmsand producer John Brabourne attempted to get her approval for this film, they felt it necessary to have Lord Mountbatten of Burma of the British royal family and also Brabourne's father-in-law help them broach the subject.
In the end, according to Christie's husband Max Mallowan"Agatha herself has always been allergic to the adaptation of her books by the cinema, but was persuaded to give a rather grudging appreciation to this one. According to one report, Christie gave approval because she liked the previous films of the producers, Romeo and Juliet and Tales of Beatrix Potter. Christie's biographer Gwen Robyns quoted her as saying, "It was well made except for one mistake.
It was Albert Finneyas my detective Hercule Poirot. I wrote that he had the finest moustache in England—and he didn't in the film. I thought that a pity—why shouldn't he? Cast members eagerly accepted upon first being approached. Lumet went to Sean Connery first, saying that if you get the biggest star, the rest will come along. Bergman was initially offered the role of Princess Dragomiroff, but instead requested to play Greta Ohlsson.
Lumet said:. She had chosen a very small part, and I couldn't persuade her to change her mind. She was sweetly stubborn. But stubborn she was Since her part was so small, I decided to film her one big scene, where she talks for almost five minutes, straight, all in one long take.
A lot of actresses would have hesitated over that. She loved the idea and made the most of it. She ran the gamut of emotions. I've never seen anything like it. The entire budget was provided by EMI. Unsworth shot the film in Panavision. Interiors were filmed at Elstree Studios. Exterior shooting was mostly done in France inwith a railroad workshop near Paris standing in for Istanbul station. However, heavy snowfall the night before the shooting made the extra snow unnecessary—just as well, as the snow-laden backup trucks had themselves become stuck in the snow.
Richard Rodney Bennett 's Orient Express theme has been reworked into an orchestral suite and performed and recorded several times. The piano soloist was the composer himself. Nat Cohen claimed it was the first film completely financed by a British company to make the top of the weekly US box office charts in Variety.
Its running time would have been around 67 minutes The Knife - Richard Rodney Bennett - Le Crime de lOrient Express (Agatha Christies Murder On The O it could have been a very respectable B-picture. Murder on the Orient Express wasn't made into a movie 40 years ago, and after you see the Sidney Lumet production that opened yesterday at the Coronet, you may be both surprised and glad it wasn't.
An earlier adaptation could have interfered with plans to produce this terrifically entertaining super-valentine to a kind of whodunit that may well be one of the last fixed points in our inflationary universe. Christie later said that this and Witness for the Prosecution were the only adaptations of her books that she liked. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Murder on the Orient Express Original British quad format film poster.
Hardman George Coulouris as Dr. John Moffatt as Chief Attendant. Bell, Brian. The Observer 11 August The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April The case of the vanishing mystery writer: Christie liked only two of the 19 movies made from her books. Chicago Tribune 30 October h The Numbers. Retrieved 5 January The Times. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 November
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