Murder on the Orient Express is an old-fashioned film. Agatha Christie’s 1934 Hercule Poirot novel has been filmed for the first time in a bygone film style as it seems to be some treasure out of a time capsule. Albert Finney and a monstrously large cast of names give the show a lot of class and charm.
Finney is outstanding as Poirot, his makeup, wardrobe and performance a blend of topflight theatre. The mysterious death of Richard Widmark, triggers Finney’s investigation at the behest of Martin Balsam, a railroad executive who hopes the crime can be solved before the snowbound train is reached by rescuers.
Amidst fades, repeated cuts to exterior train shots and all those other wonderful film punctuation devices Finney interrogates the passengers.
1974: Best Supp. Actress (Ingrid Bergman).
Nominations: Best Actor (Albert Finney), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Dramatic Score