Nov. 12, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST
by Harry The Hutt
What a great cast this film has.
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST
by Chicken Thunder
What's dirty about a hat trick? It's scoring three goals in a football game. Bizarre.
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST
Another triumph for Lumet. What a wonderful, if perhaps underrated director. Still going strong with the recent Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. Also, according to Ingid Bergman's biography "Notorious," she thought she should've been considered for an Oscar more for Autumn Sonota ('78) than this film. I agree, although her work in this is great, as usual. Amazing cast in a terrific film!!
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST
not sonota.. sorry. Gielgudy... love it. Glad you enjoyed the ride.
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST
Like I mentioned in yesterday's AMAD, if you haven't read Syney Lumet's Making Movies, read it. It gives great insight to making this movie, and to the choices he made. <p>
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST
That is all.
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST
Perkins' continual references to his Norman Bates character, the chilling first 5 minutes told in silence and flashback, the unabashed scenery chewing with so many great actors... suck it, Ustinov!
Nov. 12, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST
by Mavra Chang
They simply don't cast movies like this anymore. Maybe I'm partial because several great actors from my top 10 list are in it, too. An amazing movie, from beginning to end. Thanks, Quint.
Nov. 12, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST
by Yotz Von Frelnik
Connery, cool. I may rent this.
Nov. 12, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST
I saw this for the first time about 10 years ago while I was in my early 20s. Although the movie looked a little aged back then, I think it suited the genre. I'm putting this on my short list of movies to rewatch. This flick is a must see for all mystery fans.
Nov. 12, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST
by The Funketeer
I didn't realize Richard Widmark was in this. I may have to seek it out and watch it again. Haven't seen it since I was a kid.
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST
Definitely going to see this now. Loved Ustinov as Poirot, Sucet was good, Finney...could be interesting. <p>By the way, this is a truly inspired idea, Quint. (and whoever else is doing this. Isn't someone else doing this? Where do you find the time?) There are so many great films out there and this is probably the only time anyone under the age of 30 who isn't an extreme film buff will hear of them. Long Live Christie!
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST
I remember being on the film set in Ireland when i was about 4yrs old. My dad was focus puller on the movie.Apparently Sean Connery used to carry me around on his shoulders, but this i do not remember.
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST
Murder On The Orient Express & Before The Devil Knows You're Dead.... 34 years between & still going strong. Bravo!
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST
by Admiral Akwelches
Anybody that ever fucked Humphrey Bogart is immortal in my book. Her icy performance is lasting. I remember the first time I watched the film with my dad when I was like 8, before actors were actors and when I saw them for who they were trying to be. This is in the top five of all-time ensemble casts...any other thoughts?
Nov. 13, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST
It's being played a lot on Encore lately, and you should all do yourselves a favor and check it out.
Nov. 13, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST
Ok not the same movie, but it applies ;)
Nov. 13, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST
I don't know why, but this movie SCREAMS early 70s to me in a way it shouldn't. But I have good memories of this film, as it's one of the two only movies I own on VHS.
Nov. 13, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST
Peter Ustinov is the best Hercule Poirot. I never really cared much for Finney in this part. Finney is a good actor though.
Nov. 13, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST
I was very young when I saw this film at its release and, even then, I remember enjoying it. There are few specifics that stuck in my brain: the hat box trick, which was very cool, and the actual murder of the victim. I kept trying to work out how the movie makers did it without really killing the actor. I’ve seen it since and it definitely holds up to adult viewing. Another good Christie film is Evil Under the Sun – you just can’t go wrong with Maggie Smith and Peter Ustinov is a good Poirot as well.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST
It does have that early '70s feel, may be due to all the vaseline smeared on the lens. I remember it being released in the wintertime, and its a perfect get-cozy-in-the-house murder mystery.<p>And Finney like his mate Michael Caine, seem to get better with age like a fine wine.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST
Quint, have you ever seen The Last Of Sheila? It was co-written by Anthony Perkins, and quite enjoyable.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST
...I still have soft spots for Finney (as a more aggressive version) and Ustinov (as a more grandfatherly type). In short, whatever the actor, Poirot has rocked.
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST
Dude, that's my favorite line from "Murder by Death". Along with "I don't hear nothin', pop. What do you hear?" "Double negative and dog."
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST
Even Tony Randall played a "thin" Poirot in "The ABC Murders" -- not a great movie, but still fun to watch Randall chew the scenery -- but for me, Albert Finney disappears into the role and all I see is Poirot. Sort of like Frederic March in "The Adventures of Mark Twain." I love Hal Holbrook on stage, but March manages to vanish and just leave Twain -- and plays him from his 20s to his 70s, to boot. (Don't bother looking; this film isn't on DVD, mores the pity.) I second "skimn"; no list of great movie mysteries is complete without "The Last of Sheila" and I'll add one more: "Witness for the Prosecution." Agatha Christie filtered through Billy Wilder? It doesn't get much better than that.
Nov. 13, 2008, 1 p.m. CST
If you've never seen "Once Upon a Time in America." So say we all?
Nov. 13, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST
...with The Holcroft Covenant. Caine at his Jaws 4/On Deadly Ground worse, lame plot, bad acting all around.
Nov. 13, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST
Man, I have to watch the Holcroft Covenant again. I seem to remember liking it.
Nov. 13, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST
...is the perfect partner to this movie. Another amazing ensemble Christie adaptation. You should definitely check it out, Quint.
Nov. 13, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST
The Gambler is a '70s great. James Caan had a great film or two in him each decade, outside of The Godfather. This, Thief, Misery,...
Nov. 14, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST
If you can figure out why the bad guys want Caine's character in charge, good luck to you. But jabootu sums it up better than I could... http://www.jabootu.com/holcroft.htm