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||IMDB Rating: 5.2/10 from 724 votes
||Release: 22 April 2001 (USA) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
||Director: Carl Schenkel,
||Stars: Adam James, Alfred Molina, Amira Casar, David Hunt, Dylan Smith, Fritz Wepper, Kai Wiesinger, Leslie Caron, Louis Chamoun, Meredith Baxter, Natasha Wightman, Nicolas Chagrin, Peter Strauss, Tasha de Vasconcelos
||Synopsis: 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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Having seen the theatrical film version of "Murder on the Orient
when it was first released back in the 1970's, and having thoroughly
it, I was very skeptical about a remake of it, especially knowing that this
production was made for CBS-TV and being giving its first airing on
commercial television, instead of being done on PBS's "Mystery".
My radar shot up the minute I heard John Leonard's favorable review of
it on "CBS Sunday Morning". Leonard is an extremely articulate,
writer, and more often than not, a sardonic and harsh critic, and he does
not endorse remakes of popular hits easily--except, perhaps, when they air
on CBS, the network he just happens to work for.
My fears were fully justified. This film is the most crass retelling
an Agatha Christie novel I have ever seen. The story has been updated from
1934 to the present in order to give Hercule Poirot the oh-so-trendy
oppotunity to work on the case by plugging into a laptop. The glamorous
aspects of the original film, with its elegant, stylish, upper-class look,
are totally gone.
So, instead of getting butlers and former army colonels as suspects,
we get fitness experts and trainers who run around in T-shirts and sports
coats, and who speak with Bronx accents. And Meredith Baxter, of all
plays Mrs. Hubbard, the compulsive talker played so well in the original by
the legendary Lauren Bacall. In fact, none of the performances here are
memorable, especially when they have to compete against the likes of Ingrid
Bergman, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Sean Connery, Richard Widmark
(whose character is played here by Peter Strauss!), Martin Balsam,
Jacqueline Bisset, Wendy Hiller, and Michael York. And Alfred Molina, while
quite good as Hercule Poirot, still can't hold a candle to Albert Finney in
the original, not to mention Peter Ustinov and David Suchet as later
incarnations of the detective.
Worse yet, while some seemingly small details have been left the
some vitally important ones have been changed, one of them being the number
of passengers, an important element in the original. Some of Poirot's
deductions, rather than being revealed as surprises toward the end, are
explained about two-thirds of the way through.
But the vilest crime committed in this film, is the implication, at the
that Poirot has been having, shall we say, a less-than-platonic
with a beautiful woman! (She appears out of nowhere in the final scene,
smiling at him, and calling him "Hercule".) This, an utter desecration of
the 'cold-fish" Poirot that we all know and love, is a betrayal as
sacrilegeous as William Gillette having Sherlock Holmes fall in love in his
19th century stage play!
Avoid this, unless you are masohistic, have a relative in the cast, or
that TV remakes are always better than the original films.
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, Alfred Molina
, Amira Casar
, David Hunt
, Dylan Smith
, Fritz Wepper
, Kai Wiesinger
, Leslie Caron
, Louis Chamoun
, Meredith Baxter
, Natasha Wightman
, Nicolas Chagrin
, Peter Strauss
, Tasha de Vasconcelos
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