With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
Jesse L. Martin,
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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Although this version of the story takes place in 1938, Christie's original novel was published in 1934. See more »
Mr. Bouc compares one of the characters to the "Bismark" battleship. The Bismark was laid down in 1936 only, launched in 1939 and commissioned in 1940. 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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Man, David Suchet is one incredible actor when he plays the part of Hercule Poirot..He not only highlights the cleverness of the character to the maximum, but one can feel the desire for justice above everything. I think most people have read the book, and know what it is about...revenge...taking justice in our own hands when this is the only option left...What's interesting is unlike any previous ecranization of this novel, this one shows it in a difference perspective...Poirot perceives here that even though it seems attractive, it's wrong...By doing this every bit of civilization goes up the window...This is interesting. The interior fight in Poirot's heart on the final decision is more than clear shown...His hurt after taking his decision...Very profound. Actors also played their roles very through. This movie is a must seen even if you read the book 100 times and know every detail...It will still surprise one.
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