Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The ABC Murders

March 1, 2015 - Comment

While most murderers try to hide from detectives, the killer in The ABC Murders sends a series of letters to alert the famous Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot when and where the murders will be committed. Based on one of Agatha Christie’s most ingenious plots, the film contains enough false clues to distract both detective and

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While most murderers try to hide from detectives, the killer in The ABC Murders sends a series of letters to alert the famous Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot when and where the murders will be committed. Based on one of Agatha Christie’s most ingenious plots, the film contains enough false clues to distract both detective and viewer from the murderer’s true identity. As Poirot, David Suchet does not so much play the dapper detective as he inhabits him–his accent, his meticulous manners, and the scowl of concentration as his “little gray cells” solve the puzzle are all immediately familiar to readers of Christie’s books. In this feature-length adventure, he is aided and abetted by his perennial sidekick, Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), and Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson). Though Christie’s novels spanned several decades, the PBS Mystery! series has set all of its episodes in the 1930s; the art deco architecture and elegant costumes lend an air of sophistication that makes watching these videos a respectable guilty pleasure.

DVD extras include biographies of David Suchet and Agatha Christie, challenging Poirot trivia questions, a filmography of all the Poirot Mystery! episodes, and a link to the official Agatha Christie Web site. –Larisa Lomacky Moore

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F. Behrens "Frank Behrens" says:

Possibly the best of Poirot cases in my opinion is one of the better Poirot mystery novels and it transfers very well to the screen. First of all do not confuse it with the horrible film “The Alphabet Murders” with Tony Randall. This is a fairly faithful adaptation of the Christie novel that has Poirot and Chief Inspector Japp chasing after a serial killer who matches the initials of his victims with the name of the town in which they are killed. And although the murderer turns out to be…

E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" says:

A chilling, fascinating story Possibly the most unique and intriguing Hercule Poirot mystery ever. I was skeptical about this after seeing the frankly abysmal “Alphabet Murders.” Turns out they mutilated the plot for that horrible movie-this is ABC Murders as Christie meant it to be seen.Poirot receives a strange letter that hints at a murder in a town starting with the letter A. Followed by B. Followed by C… is this only a random serial killer who is so full of himself that he is taunting the…

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