Murder on the Orient Express

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.

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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 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

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.

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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.

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Trivia: Ingrid Bergman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Greta, even though she's only in the film for 14 minutes.

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Question: Who was the person Poirot saw wearing the white dressing gown? And why did this person place it in his compartment? To plant "red herrings" like these do not draw attention away from the people on the train, but tells Poirot plain and simple that the murderer did NOT leave the train, but it still on board. So why bother doing it at all, as it only goes against their carefully planned cover story?

Twotall

Chosen answer: They planted this red herring not to divert Poirot's attention away from them - they were the only passengers on the train - they wanted to divert him from the fact that they were ALL involved in the murder, because they all had a common bond with the child whom the victim murdered. Each one made out like they didn't really know anyone else on the train, but they were all in on it.

Kimberly Klaus
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