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MPAA Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman mentions that she needs "certain things often". Implying she enjoys sex. This is a brief mention in a non-graphic conversation.
  • A man is with a prostitute; no sex or nudity shown, but lightly suggestive conversation heard.
  • Mrs. Hubbard, the widow, fends off Ratchett's leering advances, telling him that he messed up as soon as he opened his mouth.
  • She seems to be attracted to Poirot, though.
  • When he runs into her in the hallway, he apologizes for getting in her way: "I meant no disrespect," he says
  • "Well, you could've meant a little," Hubbard says coyly. She also talks about her former husbands.
  • When someone doubts her word about whether there was a strange man in her bedroom, she quips, "I know what it feels like to have a man in my room."
  • Bouc, an Orient Express official, meets Poirot in an Istanbul kitchen and introduces the woman he's with as a prostitute.
  • There's frequent flirting scenarios throughout the first half of the movie.

Violence & Gore

  • A woman is stabbed in the back with a large knife.
  • A man attacks the press, punching another man in the face and kicking a few others.
  • A man shoots at and wounds another character. There is light blood on the victims clothes
  • A corpse is seen that has been stabbed multiple times. There is blood and rips on the shirt but no graphic gore.
  • Several characters have a gun at some point in the film.
  • Someone, obviously, is murdered in Murder on the Orient Express: Ratchett is stabbed several times.
  • We see the body from above, Ratchett's nightshirt stained with blood.
  • We also see a flashback to the murder itself, though the camera never shows the knife hit the body.
  • Hubbard gets stabbed in the back with the murder weapon
  • She survives, but we see the handle sticking out of her back and, later, the stabbing itself. Neither scene shows the actual wound or subsequent blood.
  • Hotheaded Count Andrenyi punches and knocks around several journalists for taking pictures of him and his wife
  • Later, he forcefully pushes Poirot out of a train berth.
  • A man gets knocked unconscious by a cane stuck in a wall.
  • Someone's shot, and we see a bit of blood from the wound.
  • A couple of folks scrum on some bridge scaffolding, with one falling from one level to a lower one.
  • The train derails after an avalanche.
  • One of the characters is dying from an inoperable disease
  • Guns are pointed.
  • We hear a tragic story from the not-so-distant past
  • A little girl was kidnapped and later murdered.
  • The murder was so traumatizing to the girl's pregnant mother that she went into premature labor, which neither she nor the baby survived.
  • The father later committed suicide, as did an innocent maid accused of the crime, we also hear.


  • Some characters speak of their racial prejudice (generally vague and PG rated).
  • "Damn", "hell" and "goddamn" were used a few times.
  • Five uses of "d--n," including one paired with "God."
  • God's name is misused another four times.
  • We also hear characters say "h---" four times and use the British profanity "bloody" once.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Social cigarette smoking and cocktail drinking. One man is an alcoholic.
  • A woman is revealed to have an addiction to Barbital. She is seen under the influence through out the majority of the film.
  • A man is drugged so that he is paralyzed, but entirely aware of his murder.
  • Ratchett was apparently drugged with a barbiturate before being murdered.
  • Some of the passengers had access to the drug, we learn.
  • But the most obvious was Countess Elena Andrenyi, who confesses to Poirot that she takes "oceans of it," both to go to sleep and to give her the courage to face the world.
  • People drink on the train, too, and some scenes take place in a well-appointed bar.
  • Arbuthnot provides MacQueen with an airtight alibi, telling Poirot that the two of them were drinking and smoking until 2 a.m. the night Ratchett was murdered.
  • Arbuthnot, the doctor on scene, placed the time of the killing between midnight and 2 a.m
  • We see Hubbard with a martini in her hand.
  • Bouc pours champagne for the train's guests.
  • When the missionary Pilar refuses, Bouc asks if champagne disagrees with her.
  • "Sin does not agree with me," Pilar tells him, adding that vice is how the devil catches his victims.
  • One of the train's passengers, Gerhard Hardman, expresses racist sentiments to Mary Debenham-comparing the mixing of races to red and white wine.
  • "To mix the red wine with the white would be to ruin them both," he says.
  • Debenham immediately pours the wines together and takes a sip. "I like a good rosé," she says.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In a flashback, it is revealed that a character murdered a toddler, the tragedy leading to the death of her parents and their maid. Graphic, could upset viewers.
  • The characters are shown to be in peril, given their passenger car is trapped in the snow on a bridge.
  • A man orders a group of characters to kill him and then throw his body into the lake. They hesitate, and a one of them initially points the revolver at him, then threatens to kill herself.
  • In a flashback, a woman is wrongly sentenced for the murder of a child (that she did not commit), she is revealed later to have committed suicide.

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