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 original 1934 title was "Murder on the Calais Coach" because it was feared that readers would confuse it with "Stamboul Train" by Graham Greene, published in 1932. 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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I have long admired David Suchet as Poirot - he was, to me, the definitive - I have most of the DVDs, and can watch the films and TV programmes over and over.
I had looked forward to him doing Murder on the Orient Express for a long time, for it to be shown on Christmas Day was a bonus. I watched it last night on ITV. What a dreadful disappointment. The character with the moustaches may have been "edgy" and a twist added to the story.
But....It wasn't Christie... It wasn't Poirot (at least the one I have known - and loved to watch) (Please! Where did all the religious bits and doubt come from?)
I just wish it wasn't Suchet - because then there would still be something to look forward to.
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