Stream ‘Orient Express’

(Above: Mansai Nomura in 2015 ‘Orient Express.’ Source: DramaCool screenshot.)

With Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express now playing in theaters, let’s visit the four previous film and TV versions of the 1934 Agatha Christie novel, all of which are available for streaming.

The first adaptation came 40 years after the book’s publication – a star-studded 1974 film that earned Ingrid Bergman an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Albert Finney stars as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, with the cast also featuring Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Lauren Bacall, John Gielgud, Jacqueline Bisset and Anthony Perkins, to name just a few.

You can stream this version from several sites, starting at $2.99 on Vudu. Here’s the original trailer:

Next came a 2001 CBS movie, starring Alfred Molina as Poirot, which you can watch right here:

Nine years later, in 2010, the PBS series Agatha Christie’s Poirot presented its own version of the classic, starring David Suchet as Poirot, with Jessica Chastain, Barbara Hershey and Hugh Bonneville (Earl Robert Crawley in Downton Abbey) also in the cast. Nowadays, Acorn TV subscribers can stream the show, or you can do what over 1 million others have done: watch it free on YouTube, or right here:

Two years ago, in 2015, Japan’s Fuji Television broadcast the first foreign-language adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. Starring Mansai Nomura as a Poirot-type character, here it is with English subtitles:

Which brings us to 2017. Here’s the trailer for the latest version, which Branagh both directs and stars in, as Poirot:

 

 

 

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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