Poirot receives taunting letters from a serial killer who appears to choose his victims and crime scenes alphabetically.

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Hastings returns to Britain after a long absence to find Poirot anxious for a new case which will challenge his gray cells. Poirot quickly gets his wish in the form of taunting letters from a serial killer who has dubbed himself ABC and who leaves an ABC railroad schedule at the scene of each crime. The victims as well as the crime scenes appear to be chosen randomly, but maintain an obsessive adherence to alphabetical order. However, Poirot grows to believe that the killer is not the madman the authorities believe, but a methodical murderer with a very tangible motive. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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5 January 1992 (UK)  »

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Trivia

The credits showing on the Doncaster cinema screen must come from Number 17 (1932) as this is the only Alfred Hitchcock film with a cast including Barry Jones, Ann Casson, Henry Caine and Garry Marsh. See more »

Goofs

The St Leger scenes are a clever combination of newly-shot footage and archive material. However in the archive footage, the jockey of horse number 8 wears chocolate and blue hoops, whilst in the newer footage he wears red and green. See more »

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Announcer: Train now boarding.
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28 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poirot investigates a series of killings in "The ABC Murders" in this excellent adaptation. As Hastings reappears after an absence, Poirot receives letters from a serial killer, calling himself ABC, who tells Poirot the city where the next murder will take place. At the scene of each crime, he leaves the ABC railroad schedule. The murders seem to have the same last name initial as the name of the town.

The authorities think the killer is insane, but Poirot doesn't. He believes there is a real method to the killer's madness. It takes a while, but Poirot finally figures it out.

Wonderful, exciting adaptation, and if you haven't read the book (or like me read it a hundred years ago) it's even more thrilling since you won't know the solution.

I love Poirot, Hastings, and Japp together. Suchet is so perfect as Poirot except for one small thing. Agatha Christie came to hate Poirot. There's no way she would have hated THIS Poirot. She found him "insufferable" and an "egocentric creep." Despite being fussy, egomaniacal, and arrogant, Suchet somehow gives Poirot warmth and a camaraderie with Japp and Hastings. I just love his interpretation. You can't hate him.


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