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  • Angelina Jolie was originally attached to the project in the role of Mrs. Hubbard, but dropped out. Charlize Theron was also courted for the role.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp appeared in Dark Shadows (2012).
  • In 2004, Michelle Pfeiffer was going to star in another Dame Agatha Christie adaptation; Witness for the Prosecution. The script was written by her husband, David E. Kelley. This was a remake of Billy Wilder's Witness for the Prosecution (1957). Pfeiffer was going to play the role of Christine Vole, previously played by Marlene Dietrich.
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh and Sir Derek Jacobi appeared in Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), and Hamlet (1996). Branagh also directed Jacobi in Cinderella (2015).
  • Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz appeared in Blow (2001) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Dame Judi Dench had a cameo appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
  • In between filming, Josh Gad "interrogated" an annoyed Daisy Ridley several times in an attempt to get her to answer his questions about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), filming the reactions with his smartphone. Several cast members took part in it, including Dame Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Chris Pratt, and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) director J.J. Abrams. These hilarious videos can be found on Gad's Facebook and Instagram.
  • Stacey Snider, CEO of Twentieth Century Fox, broke off negotiations with Angelina Jolie after several months, due to her insistence on significant script changes on what was a relatively small part.
  • There was in fact one murder on the Orient Express. Maria Farcasanu was robbed and murdered by Karl Strasser, who pushed her out of the moving train. This happened approximately one year after Dame Agatha Christie's book was published. Also, in 1950, Simon Karpe disappeared from the train under suspicious circumstances involving espionage, some elements of which inspired Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer described the making of this movie as "deceptively challenging" due to the nature of the period, and the language used during that era.
  • The cast includes three Oscar winners - Dame Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, and Olivia Colman - and four Oscar nominees - Sir Kenneth Branagh, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Johnny Depp.
  • Penélope Cruz's character is named "Greta Ohlsson", and is of Swedish descent in the original novel. The new name chosen for the character (Pilar Estravados) is taken from Dame Agatha Christie's 1938 novel "Hercule Poirot's Christmas".
  • This is Sir Kenneth Branagh's second movie to be shot on 65mm film. The first was Hamlet (1996). After twenty-one years, Branagh decided to use this film format once again because, according to his own words, he felt inspired by some independent movies he had been watching (mostly movies by Michael Haneke). With the announcement in the second theatrical trailer that the movie will receive a limited 70mm engagement, this movie is now the fourth movie in the 2010s to be shot on 65mm and projected in 70mm, following The Master (2012), The Hateful Eight (2015), and Dunkirk (2017) (in which Branagh appeared in a supporting role).
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo's character, "Marquez", was named "Foscarelli" in the original novel.
  • Arbuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr.) is a Colonel in the Army in the original novel. Here, his character is a doctor, replacing Dr. Constantine from the novel.
  • Murder on the Orient Express happened in today's Croatia, near the town of Vinkovci.
  • Regarded as one of Dame Agatha Christie's greatest achievements, "Murder on the Orient Express" was first published as a novel in 1934.
  • The story was partly inspired by the Charles A. Lindbergh kidnapping case, in which Lindbergh's 20-month old son was taken and held for a $50,000 ransom. The ransom was paid, but unfortunately Lindbergh's son was found already dead.
  • The first publication of the story was in a six-installment serialization in the Saturday Evening Post in 1933 in the U.S., under the title "Murder on the Calais Coach".
  • The story was inspired partly by an incident in 1929 when the Orient Express was trapped in a blizzard in Çerkezköy, Turkey, where it was stranded for six days. Two years later, Dame Agatha Christie was involved in a similar scenario when she was travelling on the Orient Express and the train got stuck for awhile due to heavy rainfall and flooding, which had washed away part of the track.
  • When the trailer was first released, many Dame Agatha Christie fans complained about Sir Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of Poirot's iconic mustache being insulting to the source material. When the novel Murder on the Orient Express was first adapted for the screen in 1974, Dame Agatha Christie (who was still alive at the time) was rather displeased with how the mustache on Albert Finney's Poirot turned out.
  • Miss Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley) was previously played by Vanessa Redgrave, who was the mother-in-law of Liam Neeson who, like Ridley, has appeared in the Star Wars film franchise.
  • Olivia Coleman plays Hildegarde Schmidt in this film. She previously starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave in The Thirteenth Tale (2013), who played Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express (1974).
  • The original Orient Express route (from October 4, 1883) was from Paris to Giurgiu (Romania).
  • After Austin Trevor (1931-1934), Francis L. Sullivan (1937), Heini Göbel (1955), Martin Gabel (1962), Tony Randall (1965), Horst Bollmann (in 1973), Albert Finney (in 1974), Sir Peter Ustinov (1978-1988), Vidas Petkevicius (1981), David Suchet (1989-2013), Anatoliy Ravikovich (1990), Alfred Molina (in 2001), Konstantin Raykin (2002), and Mansai Nomura (in 2015), Sir Kenneth Branagh is the fifteenth actor to embody detective Hercule Poirot on-screen, not including parodies and works that were not written by Dame Agatha Christie.
  • Johnny Depp and Willem Dafoe starred in Platoon (1986), thirty-one years prior to this film.
  • Sir Peter Ustinov played Poirot in six different films, including 'Death on the Nile,' which also included an all star cast.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer sings "Never Forget" over the closing credits of this movie. The song was co-written by composer Patrick Doyle and director Sir Kenneth Branagh.
  • The photograph of Katherine, Poirot's love, is actually an image of a younger Emma Thompson, who is Kenneth Branagh's ex-wife in real life.
  • In the full cast listing, there is a British Military Officer played by Tom Hanson, which is the same name of the character played by Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street (1987) and 21 Jump Street (2012).
  • Johnny Depp and William Dafoe both starred in Cry Baby (1990)
  • Sir Derek Jacobi's partner Richard Clifford appears in this movie as a Maître D' during a restaurant scene in Istanbul. Clifford has also previously appeared in small roles in other Sir Kenneth Branagh-directed movies, such as As You Like It (2006) and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994).
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh and Sir Derek Jacobi played the role of Hamlet on film and stage, as well as directing each other in their interpretations of the famous Shakespeare tragedy. Branagh appeared in Jacobi's stage production in 1988 (with the Renaissance Theatre Company), and then went to star and direct in the 1996 big screen adaptation of the play, with Jacobi appearing as King Claudius. Jacobi played Hamlet in 1979 for a stage production that toured Europe and Australasia, and later reprized the role in a television adaptation aired by the BBC in 1980. Coincidentally, Paapa Essiedu (an extra who appears as a police officer guarding the Wailing Wall at the start of the movie) also played the role of Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016.
  • A majority of the bit roles are played by actors who were at one time or another members of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, who also directs and stars in Murder on the Orient Express (2017). Members include Michael Rouse (who plays a British Police Chief Inspector in 'Murder'), Paapa Essiedu (Young Policeman), Hadley Fraser (British Military Escort), Kathryn Wilder (a prostitute), and Matthew Hawksley (Waiter on the Orient Express), just to name a few.
  • A majority of the actors and actresses in this movie (the main cast, Sir Kenneth Branagh and Sir Derek Jacobi, and the bit players) are current and former members of the United Kingdom's foremost theatre companies: The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre. Several of them have also appeared in live broadcasts produced by these companies.
  • When all the guests are seated in the tunnel near the end of the film, their positions are a recreation of the last supper also with 12 people seated at the table.
  • Johnny Depp and Judi Dench appeared together in the film Chocolat. They also had a brief appearance together in Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides.
  • The real place where the train stuck is actually not at all as on the screen. High mountains are shown, while in reality Vinkovci, Croatia is located in a plain.
  • Sergei Polunin (Count Raldoph) and Hadley Fraser (British Military Escort) appeared in The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011).
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh (Hercule Poirot), Dame Judi Dench (Princess Dragomiroff), Sir Derek Jacobi (Masterman), Richard Clifford (Maître D'), Gerard Horan (Aynesworth), and Miranda Raison (Sonia Armstrong) appeared in My Week with Marilyn (2011), which also featured Toby Jones, who played Ratchett (the murder victim) in Murder on the Orient Express (2010), alongside David Suchet as Poirot. The adaptation was a feature-length episode of the long-running crime drama Dame Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989).
  • Elliot Levey and Paapa Essiedu appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016).
  • Daisy Ridley, Elliot Levey, Crispin Letts, Ansu Kabia, and Paapa Essiedu appeared on Casualty (1986).
  • Much of the cast and extras are made up of Sir Kenneth Branagh's closest friends and acquaintances, with many of them having either been directed by Branagh in his previous projects, co-starred with Branagh in a movie or theatre production, and/or have been a member of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh (Poirot), Tom Bateman (M. Bouc), Elliot Levey (Rabbi), and Gerard Horan (Aynesworth) appeared in adaptations of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing". Branagh and Horan appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (1993), while Batement and Levey appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (2011) starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate.
  • Todd Boyce (who appears as a judge in the film) previously appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). Both of these films star Johnny Depp, who plays Ratchett.
  • The train is stuck high in the mountains somewhere between the towns of Vinkovci and Brod. There aren't any mountains in that part of Croatia. It's a plateau.
  • Dame Judi Dench and Johnny Depp appeared in movies about the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. Dench appeared as Sally in the Sherlock Holmes tale A Study in Terror (1965), while Depp appeared as Inspector Frederick Abberline in From Hell (2001). Both of these movies were fictionalized portrayals of the murders, and, like "Murder on the Orient Express", were written as whodunnits.
  • Josh Gad (MacQueen) and Gerard Horan (Aynesworth) both appeared in Beauty and the Beast (2017).
  • Johnny Depp has worked on numerous occasions with director Sir Kenneth Branagh's former partner, Helena Bonham Carter. The two appeared together in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Dark Shadows (2012), The Lone Ranger (2013), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), and all three portrayed characters in the cinematic Harry Potter Universe.
  • Kenneth Branagh and Johnny Depp have appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise. Branagh appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). Depp appeared in the franchise's prequel Fanstastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). This role will expand in the upcoming (2018) installment The Crimes of Grendelwald.
  • Character positions in a shot near the end of the movie, with all the suspects sitting at a long table in the mouth of the tunnel mimics the exact positions of the figures in Leonardo's painting "The Last Supper."
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh and Willem Dafoe appeared in the Jack Ryan film franchise. Dafoe appeared in Clear and Present Danger (1994), while Branagh appeared in and directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
  • Penelope Cruz's character (though with a different name) was played by Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Willem Dafoe appeared with Bergman's daughter, Isabella Rossellini, in Wild at Heart (1990).
  • This film features Daisy Ridley, a character named Daisy, and is produced by Ridley Scott.
  • Willem Dafoe and Michelle Pfeiffer have both appeared in films featuring Batman. Pfeiffer appeared in Batman Returns (1992), while Dafoe appears in Justice League (2017).
  • In Poirot (1989), the part of Ratchett/Casetti was played by Toby Jones, who appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) with director Sir Kenneth Branagh.
  • Sean Connery, who has played James Bond, played Col. Arbuthnot in the original adaption Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Judi Dench, who played M in numerous James Bond movies, appears in this adaptation.
  • The choo choo train is Optimus Dressamus' personal means of transportation when he is traveling along the countryside.
  • This is Leslie Odom Jr.'s first major movie role after starring in his Tony-winning performance as Aaron Burr in "Hamilton".
  • Johnny Depp and Willem Dafoe appeared in Platoon (1986), Cry-Baby (1990), and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).
  • Hector MacQueen (Josh Gad) mentioned speaking in French because Edward Ratchett (Johnny Depp) "doesn't speak a word of it." Johnny Depp, however, speaks a decent level of French.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (Mrs. Hubbard) and Olivia Colman (Ms. Schmidt) previously appeared together ten years prior in 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' of 2007.
  • The Orient Express ran over a variety of routes. The "Classic" Orient Express ran between Paris and Istanbul via Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, and Bucharest. The train in this movie, as a station announcement makes clear, is the Simplon Orient Express, which ran via Milan, Venice, Belgrade, and Sofia.
  • At the end of this movie, Poirot is told of a "death on the Nile". In the novel, "Death on the Nile", Poirot was on the boat, on the Nile, before and at the time the first murder was committed.
  • Filmed using some of the same 65mm cameras as Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017), in which Sir Kenneth Branagh had appeared shortly before this production. These two movies are amongst the few to be shot on 65mm film since Branagh's Hamlet (1996), and the only ones released in 2017.
  • Dame Judi Dench and Albert Finney appeared in Skyfall (2012). Finney portrayed Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974), which also featured Sir Sean Connery, who played James Bond in the film franchise.
  • Hercule Poirot is a French speaking Belgian detective, but Kenneth Branagh repeatedly mispronounces "oeufs", the plural of egg.
  • After the murder in the dining car, the suspects have two faces when they are viewed through the glass from the refraction. When Gerhard (Willem Dafoe) is caught in a lie during his questioning, he is given an additional face. When Miss Mary Debenham lies to Poirot, her face is shot to give it an asymmetrical look, while Poirot's is shot symmetrically.
  • "The Simplon" (as in the Simplon Orient Express) is in reference to the twelve-mile Simplon Tunnel linking Switzerland and Italy, which removed a half day's travel time between Paris and Istanbul by way of Venice.
  • The cast often played the popular party game "Werewolf" on the weekends. Penélope Cruz seemingly being the most innocent player, resulted in her often winning the games.
  • Big screens with animations of moving landscapes were installed on the set to create the visual effect of a moving train. Josh Gad experienced some motion sickness during filming due to this.
  • Josh Gad and Leslie Odom Jr were classmates.
  • "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens is the novel that Hercule Poirot reads along the movie amidst uproarious laughs.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (Mrs. Hubbard) and Olivia Colman (Ms. Schmidt) appeared in I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007).
  • The scene in the start of the movie where Poirot measures multiple eggs, is not part of the book but might be a reference to the description of Hercule Poirot's head as very egg shaped.
  • When Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) invites Miss Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley ) outside for a picnic so that he can interview her, he makes her write down her name and address. It is then pointed out that she is left-handed. Daisy Ridley is, in fact, left-handed. In the book, Poirot tried this on every passenger and all of them were right-handed with the exception of Princess Dragomiroff (Dame Judi Dench), who refused to write.
  • Johnny Depp and Dame Judi Dench both appeared in Chocolat (2000) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
  • Dame Agatha Christie based the Armstrong story on the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder of 1932. In this movie, the fictitious Colonel Armstrong's wife Sonia Goldenberg Armstrong and her family are Jewish. Charles A. Lindbergh was very anti-Semitic, and in the late 1930s and into the 1940s, he was a Nazi sympathizer who virulently opposed U.S. entry into World War II.
  • The twelve passengers sitting in the tunnel at a long table are mimicking the painting "The Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci.
  • In the opening scenes, one character is seen doing Kung Fu kicks and moves that would not have been widespread in the early 1930s.
  • German born Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a carpenter, kidnapped and murdered twenty-month-old Charles Lindbergh, Jr. After the "trial of the century" and many appeals, employees of the state of New Jersey executed Hauptmann by electrocution. In the movie, Josh Gad's character's father's life was ruined by his forced prosecution of an innocent woman framed for the murder. There is new evidence that suggests that Hauptmann too was framed by an acquaintance of his who was a German spy. The character of Mr. MacQueen's Father is a fictionalized version of Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, the head New Jersey State Police Investigator in the Lindbergh case.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer showed up several months in advance in order to construct the hair and wardrobe for her character.
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh had the cast film their "interview" scenes on each actor's or actress' first day in order to capture the "first day excitement". Michelle Pfeiffer, whose first day on-set was the scene in which Mrs. Hubbard reports to Poirot that there had been a man in her room, loved the idea, while Penélope Cruz greatly resisted it.
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh described the first scene between Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer as being from the kind of movie that would be playing within a movie.
  • Jacqueline Bisset, who starred in Murder on the Orient Express (1974), told Sir Kenneth Branagh how excruciating it was to shoot the extended scene in which the murder was revealed. To avoid this feeling amongst the actors and actresses in his version, Branagh shot his side as Poirot first, cut wherever he could when shooting the actors and actresses up close, and did everything to make sure the whole cast spent as little time as possible on-set during the lengthy scene.
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh described the song at the end of the movie as an expression of grief, pain, and loss, drawing on classic Celtic melodies.
  • Johnny Depp and Willem Dafoe previously appeared together in "Platoon".
  • Despite beautiful landscaping, that's not how it looks between Vinkovci and Slavonski Brod in Croatia. That part of Croatia (Yugoslavia in 1934.) is actually lowland and there are no hills or mountains.
  • Poirot's monologue "I have always been so sure, too sure. But now I am very humble and I say like a little child, I do not know." is a directly taken from the end of Poirot's confession in the final novel of the Poirot series, "Curtain".
  • Director Sir Kenneth Branagh also teamed up with Dame Judi Dench and Josh Gad on Artemis Fowl (2020).
  • Anjelina Jolie was considered for the role of Hubbard but production didn't like that she insisted on too many changes. Charlize Theron was also considered.
  • Josh Gad was the only member of the cast to have ridden on the actual Orient Express, although Sir Kenneth Branagh was allowed to go on the train.
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh was aware of the over-extravagance of his character's mustache, but he justified it by the fact that there were fifteen quotes in the original novel mentioning the mustache.
  • The picture Poirot holds so dearly of Katherine, a woman whom he once loved and lost, is in fact a picture of Kenneth Branagh's real ex-wife, Emma Thompson.
  • This movie, and the novel on which it was based, parallels in part the kidnapping and murder of the son of aviator and anti-Semitic Nazi sympathizer Charles A. Lindbergh. As in the actual case, the kidnapper kills the child. However, no sinister mastermind or boss plotted the Lindbergh kidnapping. German-born Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a carpenter, kidnapped and murdered twenty-month-old Charles Lindbergh, Jr. After the "trial of the century" and many appeals, the State of New Jersey executed Hauptmann by electrocution.
  • During the effort to find a berth on the Orient Express, attendant Pierre Paul Michel stated passengers already booked all First & Second Classe berths or seats, respectively. Second class passengers would have a separate car from the first class passengers. The train pulled only four cars: a baggage, sleeping, dining, and bar car. During the transit and after the train stopped the film neither shows a second class passengers nor do the characters refer to them, ever.
  • The Orient Express in the 1930s, as now, with the exception of twenty-first century train suites, passengers do not have private bathrooms. Passengers must share toilets and all must do without showers or baths. In 2018, from the shortest routes to transcontinental vacations with train suites, fares for passengers range from two thousand two hundred pounds sterling to forty thousand pounds sterling.
  • Late in the movie when Dr. Arbuthnot confronts Poirot with a handgun he employs a two handed grip on the gun colloquially know as tea cup or cup and saucer method. This method of handgun shooting was not taught until WW 2. A WW 1 military trained shooter like Dr. Arbuthnot would have been taught to shoot a handgun with a one handed grip exclusively.
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh chose to shoot the movie on 65mm film because he believes "it immerses you in the story viscerally with these colors."
  • "Murder on the Orient Express" is Screenwriter Michael Green's favorite Dame Agatha Christie novel.
  • The Fragilite cake scene, the exchange between Hercule Poirot and Edward Ratchett was filmed over a day and a half, and in addition to improvisation, the scene also required numerous bites of cake. According to Sir Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp "is absolutely unafraid of a world most actors live in fear of, which is eating on-screen."
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh really walked atop an actual train for the scene where Poirot does the same, and despite the addition of a safety wire, he found it properly terrifying "for this fifty-six-year-old actor."
  • Johnny Depp asked Sir Kenneth Branagh to apologize to Sir Derek Jacobi for him after filming their scene together "because I had to shout at him, I don't want to shout at Derek Jacobi."
  • The chase between Hercule Poirot (Sir Kenneth Branagh) and Hector MacQueen (Josh Gad) originally extended to a foot race across the ice, but the scene was cut.
  • According to Sir Kenneth Branagh, certain "colleagues" voiced concern while filming the overhead scene revealing the body and the myriad of clues, because he wasn't shooting any coverage (close-ups) for any of it. He wasn't interested in CSI-like close-ups. "I wanted to offer up in this big screen format all the things. They're still there in the picture, so the watch is still there, the wounds are still there, Johnny Depp's face is still there."
  • The train car corridors in this movie are "slightly wider" than the real Orient Express ones to accommodate cast and crew.
  • "Pilar Estravados" is an invention of screenwriter Michael Green, but with a name borrowed from Dame Agatha Christie's "Hercule Poirot's Christmas". She has a false name in that tale, something Green referenced here.
  • The crew had a mile of real track built for their real train at Longcross Studios in Surrey.
  • Upon meeting Daisy Ridley for the first time, Johnny Depp asked her if she was in Star Wars, to which Ridley said yes. Depp told her he hadn't seen the movie yet, but planned on it, because he was a Peter Cushing fan. Ridley then politely explained that she was in a newer version, and not the old one.
  • Italian censorship visa # 112680 delivered on 27-11-2017.
  • During the effort to find a berth on the Orient Express, attendant Pierre Paul Michel stated passengers already booked all First and Second Classe berths or seats, respectively. Second class passengers would have a separate car from the first class passengers. The train pulled only four cars: a baggage, sleeping, dining, and bar car. During the transit, and after the train stopped, the movie neither shows second class passengers, nor do the characters refer to them, ever.

Spoilers

  • At the end of the movie, a messenger informs Poirot that he is needed in Egypt on solve a "death on the Nile". Death On the Nile is the title of another Hercule Poirot mystery novel and upcoming movie.
  • At the end of the film, Hercule Poirot is informed of a murder in Egypt, which opens doors to a follow-up or even a second adaption to one of Agatha Christie's novels.
  • When Poirot is interrogating Daisy Ridley's character he remarks "It fractures the soul to kill another human being." Kenneth Branagh played Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Lord Voldemort, the central antagonist of the Harry Potter series of books/films, kept himself alive by literally separating pieces of his soul through murder and hiding the fragments in meaningful objects. The first of which (though it is not realized until much later) is discovered in this very installment.
  • Agatha Christie's original plot is loosely based upon the Lindbergh kidnapping of Highfield / Hopewell, New Jersey, in the 1920s. The character of Mr. MacQueen's Father is a fictionalized version of Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf - the head New Jersey State Police Investigator in the Lindbergh case.
  • On the evening of Ratchett's killing in the Orient Express First Class Sleeping Car/ Pullman, everyone would eventually murder or had murdered someone. In author Agatha Christie's last Poirot novel "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case", Poirot murders a serial killer.
  • After leaving Bouc and Arbuthnot in the baggage car, Poirot walks toward the suspects to reveal the solutions to the crime, the suspects are sitting on one side of the table as in Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of "The Last Supper". Caroline Hubbard/Linda Arden sits in the position of Jesus, but unlike the painting, no one sits in Judas' seat.
  • Second Sir Kenneth Branagh movie in which he appeared and directed, in which he also played a detective. The first was Dead Again (1991) from Paramount Pictures, which also had Sir Derek Jacobi as the villain.
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