Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express

Last year I predicted that the re-make of Murder on the Orient Express would do about as well as the recent re-make of Ben Hur. Not sure if that prediction holds true as the re-make of Murder on the Orient Express made more in its opening weekend ($28 million) than the re-make of Ben Hur made in total ($26 million).

I'm on the fence about seeing the movie. The reviews I've seen haven't been all that positive but it's at 58% on Rotten Tomatoes. I've made no qualms about the fact that the original Murder on the Orient Express is one of those movies that if I see it playing have to watch the rest. Just love the flick. My gut tells though that instead of paying to see the remake my money would be better off buying the original Murder on the Orient Express on Amazon. In fact for about the same cost of one ticket to the new Murder on the Orient Express I could buy the original and the vastly underrated (in my opinion) Breakheart Pass

While I'm on the subject of Murder on the Orient Express let me revisit one of my pet peeves - there's no such thing as a "world famous detective"!


  1. in re Breakheart Pass, I've had great luck finding the original novels from the 60's and 70's on which Charles Bronson movies are made, and haven't been disappointed in one yet. Seeing as a quick search shows me a novel behind this one, I'll check it out.

  2. The remake is pretty good, but the original was better. I haven't seen it or Breakheart Pass in a long time.

  3. Robert - Alistair MacLean wrote the book the movie was based on and also the screenplay for the movie. Some of the other books that MacLean wrote that were also made into movies include Ice Station Zebra, Where Eagles Dare (another favorite of mine), and The Guns of Navarone.

    I admit it's been a while since I've seen Breakheart Pass and I might be remembering it better than it was. But I don't think so.

  4. Chris - I know I'll end up seeing the remake but just not sure if I'll see it in a theater.

  5. The Philadelphia free library has most of Alistair work. I'm set for a few months.