Murder on the Orient Express (1934, United Kingdom)

Murder on the Orient Express  1934 crime mystery movie

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Language: English

While in Turkey private detective Hercule Poirot receives a telegram prompting him to return to London. The fastest possible way to travel back to Britain is on Orient Express that is leaving that night, but it turns out the train is fully booked. Poirot must ask his friend, M. Bouc, a fellow Belgian and director of the company that operates Orient Express, for help, but all Bouc was able to do is secure him a second-class berth. During the travel Poirot is approached by Samuel Ratchett, elderly American, who believes his life is in danger and wants to hire Poirot to protect him, but the detective refuses. Bouc, who travels only to Italy, gives his first-class compartment to Poirot, and from now on he will be next door to Ratchett. The train is stopped by a snowdrift near Vinkovci in Yugoslavia, but Poirot is more disturbed by the noises from Ratchett’s compartment during the night. The next morning Bouc informs the detective that Ratchett has been murdered and asks Poirot to investigate the murder. While checking the murder scene he finds a note with the words "-member little Daisy Armstrong" on it, which puts his investigation on completely new rails.

Classic Agatha Christie novel, one of the most remembered of her works, mostly due to unusual construction, original setting aboard one of the most famous trains in the world and the complicated mystery Hercule Poirot has to deal with. The novel was several times adapted for TV, films and radio show and still is one of the best detective novels in history.

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Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

9 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

2 / 5

Story complexity

5 / 5


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