When Simeon Lee, a mean-spirited, tyrannical patriarch of a dysfunctional family, summons his offspring to his country manor house in Kent for Christmas, he employs Poirot to attend the reunion. The detective is not given a full explanation for his assignment, but he soon observes the palpable animosity, suspicion, and resentment among the three Lee sons. Also in attendance is the beautiful Pilar Estravados, the only surviving child of Lee's daughter, who recently passed away after living in exile in Spain. The ruthless Senior Lee, who made his fortune in the South African diamond fields, sadistically treats his progeny with deliberate cruelty and obviously relishes pitting one against the other. It comes as no surprise when the old man's throat is mysteriously cut in an apparently locked room, and although he was frail and wheelchair-bound, there appears to be evidence of a great struggle. Poirot is aided in his quest for a solution to the baffling mystery by Chief Inspector Japp and... Written by
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Alternate titles for "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" include "Murder for Christmas" and "A Holiday for Murder". See more »
When Sugden is at the room where Pilar is being interrogated, he says: "I better find Sgt Coombes" and leaves immediately the room. Later, when Poirot explains the solution, this scene is shown again, but Sugden, after saying that, doesn't leave immediately the room and waits a few seconds. See more »
Not only is this not particularly true to the book, but the screenplay is badly done. These are wealthy and well educated people, yet the grammar in the script is poor. Family is a singular noun, so should always take a singular verb, yet repeatedly the script writers get this wrong. It isn't "Do the family know you're coming?", it's "Does the family know you're coming?". It isn't "My family hate me", it's "My family hates me".
This really isn't complicated, it's basic English grammar, and this quite simple error completely undermines the illusion about the family and its circumstances. It's also the sort of grammatical slip that Poirot would have spotted immediately...
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