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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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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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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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: WGBH Boston
Matthew Hamilton .... line producer
Mathew Prichard .... executive producer: 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)
 
Location Management
Pierre Agius .... location manager
Mark Walledge .... assistant location manager
Chris White .... location manager
Rebecca Kemp .... location assistant (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
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
Roger Neuburger .... production service Switzerland
Caroline Sanders .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Jennie Scanlon .... script executive
Patrick Smith .... picture publicist
Winston Azzopardi .... production consultant: Malta (uncredited)
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse (uncredited)
Ray Leek .... title designer (uncredited)
Donna Shakesheff .... production runner (uncredited)
 

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
 
Location Management
Mark Albela .... location manager
 
Other crew
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 | Finland:K-12 | 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 in geography: A few moments before the train hits the snowdrift it is seen moving across the screen from right to left surrounded by a landscape which, much as is it beautiful, doesn't at all correspond to the actual topography of that part of former Yugoslavia. The land there is predominantly fertile plains and there are most certainly no snowy mountains on the horizon to be seen.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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39 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Bravo Poirot!, 16 July 2010
Author: mmmarks from United States

For those of you who object to changing a word of Christie's books or altering (= developing) Poirot's character: there have been so many filmed versions of the story, what's the point of just doing the same thing over again?

The script (by Stewart Harcourt) gives Suchet a chance to be more brilliant than ever, and modifies many details of the story in order to make it both more concise and in its own way more moving and more plausible. The1974 film version with Finney turned the whole thing into high camp—not a bad idea! But this version brings new depths to the story and new resonances.

Those who object to the introduction of Catholicism, etc., seem to ignore the way this version begins: Poirot watches his own methods of "justice" go terribly wrong when a military man whom he has proved to be a liar, and whom he castigates with terrible vehemence, commits suicide in front of him. Then he witnesses the stoning of an adulteress in Ankara. Surely a man as brilliant and cultured as he must either take such experiences to heart or not be a human being worth knowing or caring about. Poirot's brain is made of grey cells, not computer circuits. He is brilliant but vain; polite and yet capable of brutality in words if not deeds; generous yet coldly formal. What's wrong with throwing a Catholic sensibility into the mix, especially when he is growing old, and his upbringing must be coming back into mind more and more? Anyway, such is his character in this version, and I find it fascinating.

Finally, a word of praise for the superb direction of the episode (Philip Martin). Acting, camera angles, lighting, pacing—all have great style and verve, and the music (Christian Henson) adds considerably to the tension and forward momentum.

In sum, I share the enthusiasm of all the others here who have found this a wonderful episode. Thank you, David Suchet, and all others involved!

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