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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The movie is based on the Lindbergh kidnapping in New Hope, New Jersey. The character of Hector MacQueen (Brian J. Smith) is revealed to be the lead prosecutor who lost the case against the murderer Ratchett. If that were true, his real life figure would be Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, the father of General Norman Schwarzkopf, who was the lead New Jersey State Police investigator in the Lindbergh case. See more »
Vinkovci and (Slavonski) Brod are not in Serbia, but Croatia (region Slavonia). See more »
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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There wasn't just one murder on the Calais Coach last night. These latest series of Christie movies (Poirot/Marple) have killed any semblance to the novels we all grew up reading and re- reading) and this production is the nail in the coffin. Muslim honor killings are in the news, let's throw one of those in. The producers missed an opportunity to work in yet another gay sub- plot. We're riding on the most opulent train of its day, let's NOT show any of it. Let's rush the story along to the point of leaving out most of the plot or character development. And please, make Poirot a grumpy, bitter humourless old grouch.
I don't watch any of the co-called Miss Marple series, but I always clung to the hope that they would get Orient Express right, but alas, no.
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