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Murder on the Orient Express 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 11 July 2010
Poirot investigates the murder of a shady American businessman stabbed in his compartment on the Orient Express when it is blocked by a blizzard in Croatia.

Director:

Philip Martin

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Tristan Shepherd Tristan Shepherd ... Lieutenant Morris
Sam Crane ... Lieutenant Blanchflower
Toby Jones ... Samuel Ratchett
Brian J. Smith ... Hector MacQueen (as Brian J Smith)
David Morrissey ... John Arbuthnot
Jessica Chastain ... Mary Debenham
Stewart Scudamore ... Concierge
Serge Hazanavicius ... Xavier Bouc
Eileen Atkins ... Princess Dragomiroff
Susanne Lothar ... Hildegarde Schmidt
Denis Ménochet ... Pierre Michel (as Denis Menochet)
Barbara Hershey ... Caroline Hubbard
Hugh Bonneville ... Edward Masterman
Marie-Josée Croze ... Greta Ohlsson
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Storyline

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 don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK | USA | Malta

Language:

English | Hungarian | French

Release Date:

11 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD) | (9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The original 1934 title was "Murder on the Calais Coach" because it was feared that readers would confuse it with "Stamboul Train" by Graham Greene, published in 1932. See more »

Goofs

Greta Ohlsson's poor Swedish pronunciation reveals that the actress is not actually Swedish. See more »

Quotes

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Hercule Poirot: No! Lieutenant, you lie to Poirot. You say that you were in the barracks by midnight, but Poirot has proved this to be false. At a quarter to one in the morning you were seen over two miles away in the company of the woman who died. General, this is not a murder, as is suggested by the Palestinian police, but I do believe the lieutenant lied about his whereabouts, first out of panic and then, by sticking to this *lie*, but reinforcing it with *lie* after *lie* for weeks and weeks ...
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Prefer 70's version to this. Major disappointment.
2 August 2010 | by tcasavecchiaSee all my reviews

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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