Murder on the Orient Express, plot
The film recounts the murder of a wealthy businessman with a murky past, killed in mysterious circumstances while traveling from Paris to Istanbul on the mythical Orient Express. To find the culprit, the director of the convoy asks Hercule Poirot, passenger on the luxury train, for help, but there are many suspects and the great Belgian investigator will have to use all his skills to find the culprit.
Murder on the Orient Express, cast
The cast boasts actors of the caliber of Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Judy Dench, Willem Dafoe, Olivia Colman and Kenneth Branagh who in addition to playing the witty detective Hercule Poirot also signs the direction. Among the producers, the name of Ridley Scott stands out.
Murder on the Orient Express, curiosity
Based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel of the same name, the film is the second film adaptation of the book after the 1974 film of the same name directed by Sidney Lumet.
Measurements for Hercule Poirot’s clothes were taken about nine months before shooting began. The task that took the most time was to define the exact thickness and angle of the tie’s knot, to be replicated perfectly every time it was worn. To complete it all, it took three months of experimentation with fabrics and starch, plus a lot of patience. Measures were also taken to make the shoes handmade, to be used within three months.
The choice of Poirot’s historic mustache was important for Branagh: the actor and director collected all the investigator’s mustache descriptions written by Agatha Christie, thanks also to the help of the writer’s heirs. After that, the nine months dedicated to the research and development of this mustache began, a fundamental characteristic feature of Poirot’s appearance.
The special effects supervisor, Dave Watkins, recreated various types of snow in the laboratory: snow powder, sleet, icicles. In addition, Watkins and his team built the engine of the Orient Express so that it could actually move. To do this, Watkins sent his two workshop supervisors, Jim Machin and Jason Marsch, to Switzerland to meet the manager of the only 484 model still in operation.