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

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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Season 12: Episode 3 -- 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.

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Agatha Christie (novel)
Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
11 July 2010 (Season 12, Episode 3)
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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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Where is Hastings when you need him? See more (64 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)
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props
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
Ryan Gatt .... assistant camera
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:
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 »
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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59 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Where is Hastings when you need him?, 13 July 2010
Author: glmrtndrthy from United States

I, too, was waiting with bated breath for this incarnation of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. I love Poirot. I love David Suchet. I did not love this filming of the Agatha Christie classic. It was so dark, both visually and emotionally. And Poirot himself seems to be more jaded given to darkness and explosions of anger. His hardness seems out of character especially regarding the stoning of the unfaithful woman prior to boarding the train.

The essence of Poirot is his compassion in the midst of his seeming aloofness. This episode shocked me in the changes in his character. Poirot and his "little grey cells" are above the maudlin religious scene, the anger at Mary Debenham, the aforementioned agreement regarding the punishment of the infidel.

I know the later stories did not include Japp, Hastings, and Miss Lemon, but, these later episodes make me see how much their characters kept Poirot human in the context of the stories.

I am giving 5 stars for the production values....always true to the time period.

I am going back to watch my tapes of the earlier episodes...THE ABC MURDERS, POIROT'S Christmas, and many, many more wonderful stories that I thank David Suchet for starring in....

Just hope the next ones show the debonair, fussy, human Poirot to us again.

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