Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)

7 mistakes in Problem at Sea

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Problem at Sea - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Russell interrupts Hastings' plans of randomly shooting in the middle of the Alexandria harbor, an empty brandy glass is on the table next to him in the first shot, and comes closer the second time he's in frame. (the two shots are not strictly consecutive but there's no reason why the frail old man, still in the same position both times, would pull his empty glass a couple inches closer when off-camera). (00:26:20)

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Problem at Sea - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Clapperton demonstrates how he can deal cards of his choosing at will and therefore he refrains from playing bridge. In the close-up of his hand and table you can see the cards he dealt are stacked irregularly, but when he deals the last 4s the cards are more neatly arranged, spread in a fan. (00:17:10)

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Problem at Sea - S1-E7

Audio problem: When Hastings is caught off guard by the premature launch of the clay pigeon, he fires a couple of shots in a haste. Fairly obvious that he does not, and the mere sound of it has been added in postproduction. (00:01:40)

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Problem at Sea - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: Mrs Clapperton puts down the score notes and pencil before lighting up her cigarette. Between the shots and the reverse, the pen disappears and the notebook changes position. (00:13:35)

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Problem at Sea - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: When Miss Henderson gets back aboard, the same extra (bearded man with black robes and brown belt) walks by coming from both directions at once. (00:26:30)

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Problem at Sea - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: As the future victim scoffs saying "Must be a great solace to you" to the Tollivers, his hand goes from midair to the teacup between shots. (00:11:30)

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Problem at Sea - S1-E7

Plot hole: In the original novel, the victim's voice is described as "shrill." In here, it's quite the opposite. When the trick for the alibi is performed, the relevant lines are not read by John Normington, thus Poirot's exposition at the end, with the girl providing the voiceover, indirectly further exposes its unbelievability.

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The Cornish Mystery - S2-E4

Hercule Poirot: A doctor who lacks doubt is not a doctor. He's an executioner. (00:14:40)

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Problem at Sea - S1-E7

Trivia: Poirot in the ship's lounge is reading the actual May 1st 1935 issue of Bystander (recognizable by the cover and with the correct page order, does not seem to be a simple movie prop), roughly consistent with the time frame of the first season and a contest taking place on the 14th. (00:07:50)

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