Murder on the Orient Express

Continuity mistake: When Poirot and Mr. Ratchett first meet in the restaurant car, Poirot has to correct Ratchett's pronunciation of his name. Poirot then points with his right hand toward Ratchett, but when it cuts to a close-up of Poirot, both his hands are on the table. The angle changes back, and Poirot's hand is once again lifted.


Continuity mistake: During the flashback to the murder, watch closely right after Mary Debenham stabs Mr. Ratchett. One moment she is in the room, the next she is back in the doorway.

Continuity mistake: Hercule Poirot takes the German maid to her cabin to look for photographs. She removes her suitcase from the shelf and opens it, showing a very obvious shot of a porter's tunic with many very shiny buttons and space for the missing button (evidence found earlier by Lauren Bacall). The shot cuts away and then immediately back, by which time a porter's hat has appeared on top of the tunic covering all of the buttons previously in shot.

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Hardman is interviewed by Poirot, he states "I'm not a theatrical agent," while gesturing with his right hand. The angle changes to show Mr. Hardman from the front, and both his arms are suddenly on the armrests of his chair.


Continuity mistake: In one of the flashback scenes, as the drugs start working on Mr. Ratchett, in a close-up he is holding the last anonymous letter in both hands. Ratchett then removes his glasses with his right hand, and places that hand on his forehead. Back to a close-up of the letter and the letter is in both hands, but when it cuts he is holding the letter with only his left hand again.


Factual error: The same locomotive is used for the entire run of the train, from Istanbul to northern Yugoslavia. This is impossible - locomotives would have been changed at the Greek, Bulgarian, and Yugoslav borders, at Belgrade, and perhaps at Nice.

Factual error: In the Bosphorus scenes, as the ferry crosses from the Asian to the European side of Istanbul, in the distance large trucks can be seen speeding along the coastal road opposite. Well before their time.

Continuity mistake: While it is fairly obvious that many of the flashback scenes are not the same as the original scenes one in particular stands out: during McQueen's second interrogation he describes Mrs Armstrong as being "gentle and frightened" while in the flashback he says "shallow and frightened".

Factual error: In Istanbul we hear the standard Arabic-language call to prayer (beginning "Allahu Akbar!"), but the film is set during the 1930s when Kemal Atatürk was in power and muezzins were required to use a Turkish-language call to prayer (beginning "Tanrı Uludur!") instead.

George Carty

Mrs. Hubbard: Don't you agree the man must have entered my compartment to gain access to Mr. Ratchett?
Princess Dragomiroff: I can think of no other reason, madame.

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Trivia: Sidney Lumet's first choice for Hercule Poirot was Alec Guiness, with Paul Scofield as his second choice. Because they both were busy with other projects, Albert Finney was chosen, even though Lumet felt he was too young for the role.

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