Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Mystery of the Blue Train 

Poirot investigates the brutal murder of an American heiress and the theft of a fabulous ruby on the Blue Train between Calais and Nice.

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Derek Kettering
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Lenox
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Knighton
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Ada Mason
Tom Harper ...
Corky
Jane How ...
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Steward
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Sister Rosalia
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La Roche
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Ruth Kettering
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Inspector Caux
Etela Pardo ...
Dolores
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Katherine
Josette Simon ...
Mirelle Milesi
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After traveling on the Blue Train from Calais to Nice, Hercule Poirot is pressed into service to help solve the murder of heiress Ruth Kettering who is found savagely beaten in her compartment. She was the daughter of wealthy industrialist Rufus Van Alden and very much wanted a divorce. Both her husband and her lover were on the train but she had changed rooms with another passenger, Katherine Grey, so the question naturally arises as to whether she was the intended victim. Grey may also have had enemies as she had recently inherited a very large sum of money and greedy relatives had suddenly taken a interest in her. When an attempt is subsequently made on Grey's life, this appears to the case but Poirot methodically sifts through all of the clues to determine the motive and identify the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

Hercule Poirot mentions at the end that he has never traveled on the Orient Express, raising viewer expectations of his most famous case, "Murder on the Orient Express." See more »

Quotes

Lenox Tamplin: Mummie, I'm bored.
Lady Tamplin: Of course, you are bored dear. It's your hormones.
Corky: [snorts with laughter]
Lady Tamplin: Corky, why don't you go and look for a little friend to play with?
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Nice Work If You Can Get It
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Music George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
[heard at night club]
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Entertaining IF you get past the changes
14 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

POIROT has been cherished by Agatha Christie fans for keeping close to the original novel 9 times out of 10. For some reason, 3 of the 4 episodes this season have changed the plot until it's unrecognizable. Will the faithful Poirot ever return? Not very likely-- unfortunately, the faithful Poirot seems to have ended when Agatha Christie's daughter died. Matthew Pritchard says his grandmother wouldn't have minded the changes-- he is 99% of the time wrong, but he may have been right this time. Agatha Christie said several times that THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN was her worst novel ever, and she hated it. I do not share her opinion. I liked the book how it was. No changes are required if it's an Agatha Christie-- her name on the book is a guarantee that it's perfect.

The changes made in the movie are innumerable. This is a complete rewrite of the book-- it's the NEMESIS of the Poirot season. Did the screenwriter read the book? However, if you put the changes behind you and try to sit back and enjoy the movie, you may end up liking it.


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