MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974) C widescreen 128m dir: Sidney Lumet

w/Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark

From Variety's review of the film: "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 make-up, wardrobe and performance a blend of topflight theater. 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 Finey interrogates the passengers."

Oscar-nominated for Best Actor (Finney), Adapted Screenplay (Paul Dehn), Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth), Costume Design (Tony Walton), and Original Dramatic Score (Richard Rodney Bennett). Bergman won a Supporting Actress Oscar.