Factual error: When facing the western wall, Poirot orders a man to guard the south gate. The man runs to the left of the frame. The western wall is what remains of the old temple, which lay to the east of the current plaza, so when you're standing looking at the wall you're actually facing east, not west. The man runs the wrong way.
Factual error: Poirot refers to the senior police officer in Jerusalem as the Chief Inspector of Police and implies that he commands the police in Jerusalem. The Palestine Police had no rank of Chief Inspector. The three stars worn by the officer were the insignia of an Assistant Superintendent of Police, the entry-level rank for gazetted officers. The head of the Jerusalem police was a District Superintendent of Police, two ranks higher. As Poirot is famously a stickler for detail, it's certainly not a character mistake.Necrothesp
Factual error: In the breakfast scene involving eggs, Poirot refers correctly in French to one egg "un oeuf" (pronounced "erf"). However, Branagh mispronounces the plural. He said "oeufs" ("erfs"). The correct pronounciation omits the f and the s, correctly sounding like "euhh." Poirot is French-speaking so would know better.
Factual error: The Orient Express had a restaurant coach, four sleeping coaches and two baggage cars, and carried 58 passengers, far larger than the train depicted. There was a conductor always on duty in every sleeping coach and they worked shifts, so more than four would be carried; it's stated that Michel is the only conductor on board.Necrothesp
Character mistake: Poirot identifies Prof. Hardman's revolver as a 1927 police-issue weapon due to its blued finish and chequered grips. In fact, these features were common in the widely-available civilian versions of the Colt 'Police Positive' revolver and not the least bit specific to police-issue weapons.
Revealing mistake: As the train approaches and stands in Brod Station, it becomes rather obvious that the smoke emitted by the steam locomotive is "painted in" by computer. It does not move or change shape as real smoke would. A shame, as the steam effects earlier in the film are very realistic.
Factual error: When the steam engine is derailed and is surrounded by snow from the avalanche, there would be a high risk of the boiler and/or firebox overheating. Under these circumstances, the driver would "drop the fire" by opening the bottom of the firebox to drop the coals onto the track. This would cause delay in restarting the train, so the passengers would be taken to safety and warmth by a rescue train.
Character mistake: In the scene in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem Poirot says "In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre above us..." but the church isn't located there. It's northwest from there, in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. (00:04:10)
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