The Sleeping Car Murder

Film, Thrillers
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Straightforward detective thriller (adapted from a whodunit by Sébastien Japrisot), made by Costa-Gavras - his first film - before he climbed on his political bandwagon. The plot is pure Agatha Christie as the witnesses to a murder on a train are picked off one by one, but at least the characters inhabit the 20th century and are beautifully played (especially Signoret as the obligatory ageing actress, and Piccoli as a furtive lecher). The ending is one of those ingenious absurdities that haunt the genre, but the lively pace and attention to detail make up for the implausibility.

By: TM

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Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Costa-Gavras
Screenwriter: Costa-Gavras
Cast: Yves Montand
Simone Signoret
Pierre Mondy
Catherine Allégret
Jacques Perrin
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Michel Piccoli
Claude Mann
Charles Denner
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