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

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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, Michale 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.

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