Railway director and fellow Belgian Monsieur Bouc secures Poirot a last minute berth on the Orient Express, returning to England from Istanbul. Ratchett, an abrasive American businessman, traveling with his valet and male secretary, tries to secure Poirot's services as he fears that his life is in danger. Poirot turns him down, but the next morning, whilst the train is stuck in a snowdrift in Serbia, Ratchett is found stabbed to death. There is vague talk of a man seen fleeing the train, but many of the passengers in Poirot's compartment do not appear to know either Ratchett or each other, so what could the motive be? Poirot, assisted by Bouc and Dr. Constantine, attempts to find out.Written by
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Prefer 70's version to this. Major disappointment.
I have become a fan of the fine series over the last few years, but my 1st exposure to Poirot is the Albert Finney MotOE film. Now I still find that very well done & exactly what Lumet describes as pure glamour. I enjoy Suchet & not having read any of the books I take it from other that he IS Poirot, but after watching this I read the book in question & found the 1973 film infinitely better than this. The inclusion of religion, lack of humour, almost ZERO mystery. Perhaps this is yet another case of over-hyping before having seen it. I have been waiting ages to see what Suchet could do to improve upon Finney's version. In this instance however I prefer Albert Finney. Go rent Sidney Lumet's film as it is much better than this.
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