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October 12, 2019

The 1974 Film Adaptation of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and Its Star-Studded Cast

Murder on the Orient Express is a 1974 mystery film based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. Directed by acclaimed director Sidney Lumet, it featured an all-star cast, including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins and Wendy Hiller.


Initially, Christie was unwilling to sell another film right after feeling quite displeased with some adaptations of her works in the 1960s. It took some serious efforts from both EMI Films chairman Nat Cohen and producer John Brabourne that in the end, the famous author decided to “give a rather grudging appreciation to this one,” according to Christie’s husband Max Mallowan. The film turned out to be one of the two adaptations of her books that Christie actually liked, the other was Witness for the Prosecution (1957).

The movie was a commercial and critical success; given its tight budget of $1.4 million and a cast with such huge stars at the time, it earned nearly $36 million and became the 11th highest-grossing film of 1974. At the 47th Academy Awards, the film received six nominations and won one for Ingrid Bergman (Best Supporting Actress).

Let’s take a look back at the film through these publicity stills and behind-the-scenes:

The cast with director Sidney Lumet. Photo by StudioCanal.

Albert Finney. Photo by Arthur Sidey.

Albert Finney. Photo by Arthur Sidey.

Jean-Pierre Cassel. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives.

Michael York and Jacqueline Bisset. Photo by Paramount.

Sean Connery shares a scene with Vanessa Redgrave. Photo by Bettmann.

Vanessa Redgrave and Sean Connery. Photo by EMI Film Distributors.

Albert Finney. Photo by EMI Film Distributors.

Ingrid Bergman. Photo by Paramount.

Ingrid Bergman. Photo by TCD.

John Gielgud and Denis Quilley. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives.

John Gielgud and Richard Widmark. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives.

Anthony Perkins and Albert Finney. Photo by EMI Films.

Albert Finney. Photo by Bettmann.

John Gielgud. Photo by Bettmann.

Richard Widmark. Photo by Paramount.

Rachel Roberts. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives.

Lauren Bacall. Photo by Paramount.

Wendy Hiller. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives.

Lauren Bacall. Photo by TCD.

Sean Connery and Vanessa Redgrave. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives.

Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset and Lauren Bacall. Photo by Pictorial.

Martin Balsam, Albert Finney and Sean Connery. Photo by TCD.

Albert Finney and Richard Widmark. Photo by EMI Film Distributors.

Lauren Bacall and Albert Finney. Photo by ullstein bild.

Albert Finney and Lauren Bacall. Photo by EMI Film Distributors.

Ingrid Bergman and Albert Finney. Photo by StudioCanal.

Wendy Hiller, Rachel Roberts, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins and Martin Balsam. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives.

Albert Finney, John Gielgud, Colin Blakely, Rachel Roberts and Wendy Hiller. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives.

Actors as the suspects surrounding Albert Finney. Photo by Bettmann.




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