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Murder by Decree (1979)

Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

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Sherlock Holmes investigates London's most infamous case, Jack the Ripper. As he investigates, he finds that the Ripper has friends in high places. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Sherlock Holmes hunts his deadliest adversary... The madman known as Jack the Ripper! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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9 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack  »

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CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)
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The film's plot was re-used for From Hell (2001) over twenty years later but without the Sherlock Holmes / Dr Watson Arthur Conan Doyle characters. See more »

Goofs

When Holmes is sat at the window at the end his hand is bandaged but when he walks to Watson a minute later the bandage magically disappears with no indication of him having taken it off. See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: [to a sleeping Watson] The games afoot! No time to lose!
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Connections

Version of Seven Murders for Scotland Yard (1972) See more »

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Abide With Me
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Written by William H. Monk
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
KPM Music Ltd
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Original and nice Sherlock Holmes movie
1 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This isn't an adaptation based on Arthur Conan Doyle novels , the plot line is a fictional story . The fable mingles Sherlock Holmes (Christopher Plummer) and Jack the Ripper. In the film appears Doctor Watson (James Mason) and Constable Lestrade (Frank Finlay) but not Doctor Moriarty though there is doubt if he's the murderous ; will be the killer? . The plot has a twisted ending and contains outstanding surprises .

The movie displays a first-rate set design and is very atmospheric . The shady and spooky slums are pretty well designed . Some shots create creepy and horror moments . The film blends thriller , suspense , detective action , terror and a little gore and is quite interesting . Acting by Christopher Plummer as Sherlock Holmes is excellent , likeness to Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett as TV Sherlock ; furthermore James Mason as Watson is sublime . Other secondary actors are David Hemmings , Susan Clark , Frank Finlay , Genevieve Bujold , all of them are splendid . In 2002 the Hughes Brothers made a special version with Johnny Depp titled "From Hell" . Rating: 7 , above average . Well worth seeing .


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