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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

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When a murder occurs on the train he's travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

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Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

Michael Green (screenplay by), Agatha Christie (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paapa Essiedu ... Young Policeman
Yassine Zeroual Yassine Zeroual ... Young Boy
Asan N'Jie ... Hotel Waiter
Michael Rouse ... British Police Chief Inspector
Kenneth Branagh ... Hercule Poirot
Elliot Levey ... Rabbi
David Annen ... Priest
Joseph Long ... Imam
Andy Apollo ... Armed Policeman
Hadley Fraser ... British Military Escort
Daisy Ridley ... Miss Mary Debenham
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Dr. Arbuthnot
Ziad Abaza ... Arab Shipmate
Nari Blair-Mangat ... Waiter
Luke Brady Luke Brady ... Waiter
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Storyline

Hercule Poirot, the best detective in the world decides to leave on the Orient Express. The train accidentally gets stopped because of a small avalanche. Little did he know that a murder was planned and that a person on this train was able of committing such crime. Will he solve this murder before the train starts working again? Written by DoomRanger

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Everyone is a Suspect.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

Malta | USA

Language:

English | French | German | Arabic

Release Date:

10 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder on the Orient Express See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,681,472, 12 November 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,826,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$352,789,811
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | DTS 70 mm (70 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In 2004, Michelle Pfeiffer was going to star in another Agatha Christie adaptation; Witness for the Prosecution. The film's script was written by her husband, David E. Kelley. This was a remake of the Billy Wilder film Witness for the Prosecution (1957). Pfeiffer was going to play the role of Christine Vole, previously played by Marlene Dietrich. See more »

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On just about every scene Poirot's goatee has either a different shape or different hair patterns. With prominent gray hairs you easily spot the lack of continuity. This is very strange for a character that supposedly has OCD and such a prominent visual characteristic. See more »

Quotes

Miss Mary Debenham: I'm sleeping here where everyone can see me. And I can see everyone.
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Unnecessary remake.
5 November 2017 | by postmortem-booksSee all my reviews

I am loathe to put the boot in to any film but the barrage of publicity for this, plastered all over the BBC news and chat shows - Graham Norton and Andrew Marr interviewing the phalanx of "stars" in a suitable subservient way - has pushed this reviewer over the edge. It is a film that didn't need a remake since the original was perfectly acted and nuanced. Perhaps that is half the problem - I know the "solution" and therefore the denouement is no surprise- but there is something more deeply flawed with this movie. Firstly - that moustache. Ridiculous and in the end it becomes something that you stare at and wonder just why something so outrageously stupid would NOT get in the way of what words the actor is actually saying. You stop listening and just try and see where it is stuck on. Branagh stomps around the various scenes like Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia (even down to walking along the top of the snow-covered carriage as if he was king of the castle) and then addresses the suspects in a scene that is reminiscent of The Last Supper painting. Everywhere he goes everyone knows him. Absolutely everyone. The opening scenes in Jerusalem are unnecessary and only serve to raise Branagh/Poirot into God like status where the population of the city are happy to take his word and trample a suspect policeman to death. No jury, no trial, lynch mob rules. All of which seems to bother the guardian of justice not one jot.

Cut to the train - at last. We hear that the train is full and that Poirot will have to share a cabin for at least one night. As we discover that there are just 12 passengers on the whole train I wondered what happened to all the other empty berths on the other carriages. Let's just pass over that one. We are now introduced to the various characters. I don't know how much these stars got paid for this movie but boy, apart from Michelle Pfeiffer, they don't have too many words to say. The main action is sitting around looking suspiciously at each other. Depp is mostly unintelligible evidenced by his recent performance on the Graham Norton show where he found it difficult to string two words together. It is only Branagh who has the dialogue - and he works it as hard as he can into some kind of Shakespearean dialogue. Judi Dench plays the part Wendy Hiller took in the 1974 film. I know Dench is supposed to be the public's "favourite" but Hiller's sneering haughtiness will remain one of the highlights of the earlier film long after this one is forgotten.

In the novel and the 1974 film the train gets stuck in a drift. Here it is struck by an avalanche and teeters on a wooden viaduct. Ain't CGI wonderful? The engine is derailed but never fear he comes a gang of ten workers who will dig away the snow and pull a 100 ton engine back on to the tracks - with their bare hands. Marvellous.

And the music score? Possibly the most disappointing part of the whole film when one considers the classic Richard Rodney Bennett score for the 1974 film. Patrick Doyle's offering is just insipid and uninspired. The closing credits roll with some vapid pop song burbling away in the background.

Well, if you've never seen the 1974 film and you don't know the ending you may enjoy this but perhaps you should locate that earlier film and wait for this to end up on the £3 shelf at Tesco. It would appear, to judge by the final quip by Poirot in the film that Branagh is planning to redo Death on the Nile. God help us.


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