Murder on the Orient Express

Corrected entry: When they are at Belgrade, Poirot asks where Mrs. Hubbard is, and the conductor tells him that she is two compartments away. Poirot responds that she is still too close, which seems to imply that she was even closer the first night. But if you watch carefully as they get on the train at Istanbul, you can see that Poirot is nowhere near Mrs. Hubbard.

Correction: On the first night, Poirot had to share compartment 4 with Hector MacQueen (Anthony Perkins). On the night of the murder, he had moved to a private compartment which was 2 compartments away from Mrs. Hubbard.

Corrected entry: The victim was stabbed twelve times, once by each of the culprits. But the Hungarian count and his wife held the knife together. There should only have been eleven wounds.

Correction: Actually, there are thirteen culprits: Mrs. Hubbard, Greta Ohlsson, Pierre Paul Michel, Beddoes, Col. Arbuthnot, Princess Dragomiroff, Hector McQueen, Mary Debenham, Hildegarde Schmidt, Hardman, Foscarelli, and the Count and Countess. Since the Count and his wife did it together, there are properly twelve wounds.

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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.



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.



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.