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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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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en el Orient Express See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Carl Schenkel's last film. See more »

Goofs

The diesel locomotive hauling the Orient Express out of Istanbul has the prominent markings of EWS: the English, Welsh & Scottish freight train operating company. 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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References Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990) See more »

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Embarrassing!
7 May 2002 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

Normally, I am not the kind of critic who tears some film to pieces only because it tries to modernize a material already known. But in this case, I really don't know where to start with my complaints.

What good is there in modernizing a crime novel by Agatha Christie whose main character is liked by many mainly because of his slightly old-fashioned style? In this film, Poirot uses the internet to support his grey cells; the characters he interrogates are software tycoons and personal trainers; and, worst of all, he is shown terribly in love with a sexy Russian woman (who, moreover, is given the name of the original old lady on the train, who is here unnecessarily replaced by the widow of a South American dictator!). This is not Hercule Poirot, this is not Agatha Christie, and therefore, the whole movie itself doesn't make any sense. Sidney Lumet's brilliant 1974 film version starring Albert Finney, was perfectly all right.

Although they wanted to put as many fashionable modernisms into the story as possible, the filmmakers tried to retain as many elements of the original structure as possible – and suffered an embarrassing failure. A lot of logical problems arise out of this frantic `adaptation': In the year 2001, why does a business man whose life is under threat, awkwardly travel by train rather than by plane? Why can't, in a period of cell phones and internet (the availability of which is quite frequently demonstrated), police be at the scene of the crime in less than an hour? And watch out for the ridiculous pile of stones that is supposed to prevent the Orient Express from proceeding for more than a whole day!

The list of idiotic features is long. The essence of it is: Friends of Poirot, do not watch this TV movie! It is the most awful literary adaptation one can imagine. By the way, it is the first movie ever I have ranked 1 out of possible 10 points.


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