Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 12, Episode 4

Murder on the Orient Express (11 Jul. 2010)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Murder on the Orient Express (original title)

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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.

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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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Trivia

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 »

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A few moments before the train hits the snowdrift it is seen moving across the screen from right to left surrounded by a landscape which, much as is it beautiful, doesn't at all correspond to the actual topography of that part of former Yugoslavia. The land there is predominantly fertile plains and there are most certainly no snowy mountains on the horizon to be seen. See more »

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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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Disappointing episode
15 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have long enjoyed David Suchet as Poirot and the mysteries of Agatha Christie. This movie (script/direction) was such a departure from the Poirot we have known and loved in past. It was very dark and humorless. I know that the book had no references to god/religion and this movie was disturbing because it relied so heavily on that theme. There was never any mention of religion in previous episodes and I think it should have remained that way. IT is very disappointing if this is the continued direction for this series. The actors did there best but the writing/script left much to be desired. It is always sad when a great series begins to fail and in this case we have only the script writer to fault.


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