#7 Murder on the Orient Express

22 Nov

A year after helming Serpico, director Sidney Lumet returned with a different type of crime flick: an engrossing adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel. What makes this such a classic film, and one fo the best of the decade (in my opinion) is the fact that Lumet was able to put together a cast of major stars, and a difficult storyline (you try to maintain an audience, with 14 charecters) into such a great film. Albert Finney is Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this classic Agatha Christie thriller. An American businessman has been killed on board the famed transcontinental train and it’s up to Poirot to uncover the murderer. Lauren Bacall, Anthony Perkins, Sean Connery and, in an Oscar-winning performance, Ingrid Bergman head the all-star cast.

The movie is good, but the film itself is wonderful. Lumet use of colors, music, and camera angels brings this Christie story to life. It was actually my first experience with one of the greatest crime authours of our generation, and I was very well pleased.
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Posted by on November 22, 2006 in 70's, Drama, Top 20 Movies of the 70's


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