Starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Martin Balsam, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Perkins, Wendy Hiller, Richard Widmark, Jacqueline Bisset, John Gielgud, Rachel Roberts, Jean-Pierre Cassell, Michael York

This Agatha Christie murder mystery is extravagant in every sense-stars in every role, incredible set design, art direction. Albert Finney is the immortal Hercule Poirot, who must figure out who murdered a sleazy criminal aboard a long-distance train across continents. His over the top characterization works beautifully. The rest of the cast of suspects pretty much let their presence play the part, and that works too. The film is low on substance, but that doesn’t matter when the superficial elements are this much fun.

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