Murder on the Orient Express (2001 film)

Murder on the Orient Express is a 2001 made-for-television mystery film directed by Carl Schenkel based on the 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, featuring Hercule Poirot. This version is set in the present day and has a smaller cast than the novel. The screenplay was written by Stephen Harrigan and the original music score was composed by Christopher Franke.

Murder on the Orient Express
Written byStephen Harrigan
Directed byCarl Schenkel
StarringAlfred Molina
Meredith Baxter
Leslie Caron
Peter Strauss
Composer(s)Christopher Franke
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Marion Rosenberg
CinematographyRex Maidment
Running time100 minutes
DistributorArdustry Home Entertainment LLC
Original release
  • April 22, 2001 (2001-04-22)


Hercule Poirot is travelling on the Orient Express. While on the journey, Poirot meets a very close friend Bouc, who works for the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. The train is stopped when a landslide blocks the line on the second night out from Istanbul, and American millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett is found stabbed to death the next morning.

Since no footprints are visible around the train and the doors to the other cars were locked, it seems that the murderer must still be among the passengers in Ratchett's car. Poirot and Bouc work together to solve the case. They are aided by Pierre Michel, the middle-aged French conductor of the car.

A key to the solution is Ratchett's revealed involvement in the Armstrong tragedy in the United States several years earlier, in which a baby was kidnapped and then murdered. (The fictitious Armstrong case, inspired by the real-life kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's baby boy.)


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