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Murder on the Orient Express (2001)

Hercule Poirot, now in modern times, investigates the famous crime on the famed train with a modern twist.

Director:

Carl Schenkel

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Stephen Harrigan (teleplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alfred Molina ... Hercule Poirot
Meredith Baxter ... Mrs. Caroline Hubbard
Leslie Caron ... Sra. Alvarado
Amira Casar ... Helena von Strauss
Nicolas Chagrin Nicolas Chagrin ... Pierre Michel
Tasha de Vasconcelos ... Vera Rossakoff
David Hunt ... Bob Arbuthnot
Adam James ... William MacQueen
Dylan Smith ... Tony Foscarelli
Peter Strauss ... Mr. Samuel Ratchett
Fritz Wepper ... Wolfgang Bouc
Kai Wiesinger ... Philip von Strauss
Natasha Wightman ... Mary Debenham
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Agatha Christie's classic whodunit speeds into the twenty-first century. World-famous sleuth Hercule Poirot has just finished a case in Istanbul and is returning home to London onboard the luxurious Orient Express. But, the train comes to a sudden halt when a rock slide blocks the tracks ahead. And all the thrills of riding the famous train come to a halt when a man discovered dead in his compartment, stabbed nine times. The train is stranded. No one has gotten on or gotten off. That can only mean one thing: the killer is onboard, and it is up to Hercule Poirot to find him. Written by HNSampat-2

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Agatha Christie's ultimate whodunit speeds into the twenty-first century.

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Carl Schenkel's last film. See more »

Goofs

In the next exterior shot after departure from Istanbul, a differently colored diesel locomotive is on the train. During the night scenes before the journey is interrupted, a steam locomotive is shown. Then when the train stops at the rockfall, the same EWS diesel is back on it, but now it's facing the other way (the EWS letters and the locomotive number 47744 have swapped places as seen from the same side of the train). Finally, when the journey resumes the next night, the steam locomotive is back. See more »

Quotes

Wolfgang Bouc: Poirot?
Hercule Poirot: [distracted] Oh, forgive me. My mind was temporarily elsewhere.
Wolfgang Bouc: It's a woman, isn't it?
Hercule Poirot: Regrettably, yes.
[sighs]
Hercule Poirot: We are such opposites, Vera and I. She's flamboyant and beautiful; I'm reserved and homely. She'a a thief; I'm a detective.
[They laugh]
Hercule Poirot: The only thing we have in common is the refusal to let the other rule our life... but I cannot stop her from ruling my thoughts.
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Oh go ahead, see it
25 July 2004 | by UACWSee all my reviews

This is a made for TV movie. Made for TV movies rarely match up to made for cinema movies. But yes, see it - if you've seen the Lumet original that is. It's better than nothing and the story is of course great.

About the story: actually it's better if you see the Lumet version first (and even read the book) because it's an amazing story and because you'll find the screenwriters for this version have done the unforgivable again.

The acting's OK, the direction is basically OK too (although there are some scenes that just die) but above and beyond anything else it's the screenplay which sends this one to the skip.

Why do these people take a winning formula and think they can make a classic like this better? The original had poetry. There was symmetry and symbolism which gave the audience warmth. This insensitive screenwriter seems to not have understood the small masterpiece he was commissioned to update.

For that matter, why remake it at all? Dare we speculate? Someone's nephew wanted a chance at screen writing? Someone with clout in a studio decided to back this one?

It's not all negative. There are good moments too. And unlike others here, we thought Molina was good.

But you don't go corrupting a winning formula. See it - but only after you've seen the Lumet original (and preferably read the book). Only then will any enjoyment be guaranteed.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en el Orient Express See more »

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