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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Murder on the Orient Express (2010)

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Agatha Christie (novel)
Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
11 July 2010 (Season 12, Episode 4)
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A different take on the original story See more (63 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Tristan Shepherd ... Lieutenant Morris

Sam Crane ... Lieutenant Blanchflower

Toby Jones ... Samuel Ratchett

Brian J. Smith ... Hector MacQueen (as Brian J Smith)

David Morrissey ... John Arbuthnot

Jessica Chastain ... Mary Debenham

Stewart Scudamore ... Concierge

Serge Hazanavicius ... Xavier Bouc

Eileen Atkins ... Princess Dragomiroff

Susanne Lothar ... Hildegarde Schmidt

Denis Ménochet ... Pierre Michel (as Denis Menochet)

Barbara Hershey ... Caroline Hubbard

Hugh Bonneville ... Edward Masterman

Marie-Josée Croze ... Greta Ohlsson

Stanley Weber ... Count Andrenyi

Elena Satine ... Countess Andrenyi

Joseph Mawle ... Antonio Foscarelli

Samuel West ... Dr Constantine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tiziana Azzopardi ... Adulteress Wife (uncredited)

Ekaterina Botziou ... Passenger (uncredited)

Manuel Cauchi ... Turkish Husband (uncredited)

David Lyddon ... Train Engineer (uncredited)
Darren Petrucci ... Yugolslavian Police Captain (uncredited)

Umit Ulgen ... Hawker (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Philip Martin 
 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Mary Durkan .... executive producer: for Chorion
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: for WGBH Boston
Matthew Hamilton .... line producer
Mathew Prichard .... executive producer: for Chorion
David Suchet .... associate producer
Karen Thrussell .... producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christian Henson 
 
Cinematography by
Alan Almond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kristina Hetherington 
 
Casting by
Susie Parriss 
 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
 
Art Direction by
Miranda Cull 
 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
 
Makeup Department
Bee Archer .... makeup artist
Pamela Haddock .... hair and make-up designer
Tony Lilley .... makeup artist
Eva Marieges Moore .... Mr Suchet's make-up artist
Hannah Proverbs .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Colin Azzopardi .... production supervisor: Malta
Ian Hopkins .... production supervisor: Switzerland
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director
Lydia Currie .... first assistant director
Tussy Facchin .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Tim Bonstow .... production buyer
Dave Channon .... construction manager
Robert Channon .... chargehand painter
Ron Dawling .... stand-by props (as Ron Dowling)
Fred Foster .... stand-by construction
Paul Gilpin .... supervising art director
Jim Grindley .... property master
Andrew Lavin .... stand-by art director
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props (as Richard Macmillian)
Robert Muskett .... stand-by construction (as Bob Muskett)
Jay Pales .... dressing props
Mike Rawlings .... dressing props
Mike Syson .... dressing props
Rachel Garlick .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
Ashley Reynolds .... sound maintenance
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist
Nigel Squibbs .... re-recording mixer
Simon Epstein .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Marc Hope .... foley editor (uncredited)
Scott Jones .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ashley Reynolds .... boom operator (uncredited)
Richard Williams .... foley editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kenneth Cassar .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Roderick Pulis .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Tanvir Hanif .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Crispin Layfield .... stunt coordinator
Wolfgang Raach .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Curtis Rivers .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Gibb .... focus puller
Jimmy Harris .... best boy
Dermot Hickey .... focus puller
Dean Murray .... clapper loader
Steve Murray .... camera operator
Jim Philpott .... camera grip
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
Peter Davies .... electrician (uncredited)
Greg Murray .... grip assistant (uncredited)
John Preca Trapani .... camera loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jina Jay .... international casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne-Marie Bigby .... Mr Suchet's dresser
Tracy McGregor .... costume supervisor
Philip O'Connor .... assistant costume designer (as Phil O'Connor)
Steve O'Sullivan .... costume assistant
Sarah Ward .... costume assistant
Carmen Agius .... set costumer (uncredited)
Ernest Camilleri .... wardrobe coordinator (uncredited)
Polly Smyth .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
John Claude .... colourist
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Vicky Tooms .... assistant editor
Garry Maddison .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ben Foskett .... orchestrator
Christopher Gunning .... composer: Poirot theme
English Session Orchestra .... orchestra
Samuel Karl Bohn .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
Samuel Karl Bohn .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Goetz Botzenhardt .... music mixer (uncredited)
Joe Henson .... music programming (uncredited)
Dom Kelly .... musician: oboe (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pierre Agius .... location manager
Meriel Baistow-Clare .... script editor
Sam Baker .... production coordinator
Natasha Bayford .... press officer
Simon Blakey .... production secretary
Julie Burnell .... production executive
Sue Hills .... script supervisor
Samantha-Jane Hunt .... utility stand in / runner
Caroline Russell .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Jennie Scanlon .... script executive
Patrick Smith .... picture publicist
Mark Walledge .... assistant location manager
Chris White .... location manager
Winston Azzopardi .... production consultant: Malta (uncredited)
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse (uncredited)
Rebecca Kemp .... location assistant (uncredited)
Ray Leek .... title designer (uncredited)
Donna Shakesheff .... production runner (uncredited)
 

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
 
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
 
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Additional Details

Runtime:
80 min (approx.) | 89 min (DVD release) | UK:89 min (9 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | UK:15 (video rating) (2011) | USA:Not Rated
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although this version of the story takes place in 1938, Christie's original novel was published in 1934.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Much of the Hungarian spoken by the Andrényis is mispronounced or grammatically incorrect.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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...
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32 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A different take on the original story, 17 July 2010
Author: sheydari from Canada

Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" is one of her books that was perfect for big screen. That's why early on we had Sidney Lumet's version in 1974 with Albert Finney as Poirot, and now the new episode with the ever magnificent David Suchet in that role.

Between the two versions, the 1974 film remained true to the original story - and it is still one of the best adaptations of Christie's work prior to the series with Suchet. Now those familiar with Christie's work know that her books are focused on the mystery that is to be solved and nothing else. There is no character development aside from Poirot himself, and every side story is either for comic relief or to distract you from an important clue. The 1974 film followed the same approach, with every turn and every incident only magnifying the mystery at hand. The 1974 film keeps you thrilled and curious, with a great end scene (common in all Christie's stories) where Poirot discovers the truth. And it ends there. No hidden philosophical message. No personal conflict. Just a mystery solved.

The new (2010) TV version seems, well, different. The story has been turned from a pure mystery into a moral judgement about justice, God and taking law into your own hand. The focus on Poirot's Catholicism (which does not appear in any Christie's book) and the question of whether he will tell the truth or not - something that in the original story is left to the train boss and passengers - makes it quite a different story from the original.

It would have been okay to have a different take on the murder on the orient express if the new story had been told with the same magnificence as the original story. Unfortunately this was not true. First of all, 1.5 hour is not sufficient to properly develop a moral story as the director wanted to say. Perhaps if it was a big screen movie and an hour longer, it might have turned better. Second, in developing the moral/religious line of the story, the director has taken out a great deal of focus and thrill of the mystery story. The end scenes, especially the reaction of the colonel to Poirot's discovery of truth, is in line with the moral message of the film but looks ridiculous to veteran Poirot fans, and so is Poirot's hesitation at the end on what to do. A deep scene, but uncharacteristic of Poirot.

Overall, seasoned Poirot fans will be disappointed as this film is not really Poirot or Christie. Not even a good mystery. Others who like a film about moral judgements may enjoy it.

I was also shocked to see how old Suchet looked in this movie. I am not sure how longer he plans to play Poirot but the way he looks is now perfect to play Poirot in "Curtain", his last case.

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