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 majority of the episode was filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, where the design team built a believable replica of an Orient Express carriage. 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 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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