14 thoughts on “TBT: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

  1. My favorite Murder on the Orient Express is the episode version starring David Suchet. The opening scenes they used made the conclusion of the episode make more sense.

  2. Nice overview! BTW that’s Anthony Perkins as McQueen, not Anthony Hopkins.

  3. I prefer ALL the David Suchet versions. He truly inhabited the character. And the clothes and settings were always impeccable.

  4. Some of the costumes are lovely, but a bit too stylized for my tastes. And the men’s haircuts – especially for the extras – were a tad long for a 1930-1935 setting.

  5. This was my introduction to Christie- I saw it when I was about ten. I completely fell in love with the costumes at first sight and though my parents told me to go to bed i just quitely stayed in the corner of the sofa- and in the end they let me. I loved it so much, and it was not a good idea to re-watch it a couple of years ago- I found Albert Finney’s Poirot unbearable! But I stll loved Luren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman.

  6. I just watched this recently and thought they did a good job overall but Albert Finney’s Poirot was almost shouting his lines at the other characters! It was really over the top! And it was fun to see all of the other famous actors – Anthony Perkins’ character talking about how he loved his mother made me giggle.
    David Suchet’s Poirot is my fav but I do love Peter Ustinov’s Poirot in Evil Under the Sun.

  7. I actually saw this in the theater when it came out, I was quite young and in retrospect I don’t know WHAT my mother was thinking, I’m surprised the opening sequence didn’t give me nightmares. I still love this better than any other version, or any other Christie novel, for that matter. I thought the newest version made unnecessary changes, and I will never get over Kenneth Branagh’s ridiculous mustache! However, I did think there was some amazing camera work, especially a wonderful tracking shot of the train cars.

  8. The costume padding was the main reason Finney didn’t return for Death on the Nile, although he was asked. He said that the padding overheated him enough while filming this…he couldn’t even BEGIN to imagine what it would be like in the hot Egyptian sun!

  9. I’m a Suchet fan all the way!! Finney is a splendid actor as well as Branagh (crazy interpretation too over the top for me and stylized), but no one comparers to the master! Ustinov was a close second I have to admit.

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