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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It virtually indescribable how truly horrible this movie is. I am Christie fan and have thoroughly enjoyed David Suchet's portrayal of Hercule Poirot over the years. I certainly understand that liberties will be taken when making a novel into a movie and can forgive these differences. However, the script of this movie has David Suchet playing a character we have never seen before and that has never appeared in any of Christie's works. The detective in this movie is dark, brooding, highly religious, bitter and angry. His reaction to the "crime" of the passengers is completely opposite to the novel or any other portrayal Christie's Belgian sleuth. Had this been David Suchet's first appearance as Hercule Poirot it would have also been his last. The writers and producers should try again and release an apology for doing such a disservice to a authors most famous character and the actor who usually plays him so well. I wish David Suchet had refused to play this other character of the same name.
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