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Hands of a Murderer (1990)

Approved | | Mystery, Action, Adventure | TV Movie 16 May 1990
Professor Moriarty is loose in London with spies everywhere, and only Sherlock Holmes can figure out what he's up to and stop it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie DeVere
Col. Gould
Terence Lodge ...
Jeremy Stubb
Harry Audley ...
Richard Farrington
David Sibley ...
John Tordoff ...
Daniel Newman ...
Faith Kent ...


When Professor Moriarty escapes the gallows - literally in a puff of smoke - Sherlock Holmes finds himself once again in pursuit of his old nemesis. Soon after the escape, Holmes' brother Mycroft asks him to work at identifying a leak in British Intelligence. Uncharacteristically, he refuses to help until he realizes that Moriarty is behind the missing State secrets. He learns that a very seductive woman, Sophy DeVere, has been hypnotizing one of Mycroft's young assistants to steal the information. When Moriarty is unable to decode the secret message he has stolen, he kidnaps Mycroft in order to get the information. Written by garykmcd

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Can Sherlock Holmes resist the ultimate challenge?






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16 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Sherlock Holmes and the Prince of Crime  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Doctor Watson's revolver is a Webley RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) Second Pattern, a more realistic choice by the producers than many, since the piece at least has the virtue of having been produced prior to Watson's Army service, which began in 1879. Since officers purchased their own sidearms at that time, a penniless army surgeon picking one up second-hand before shipping out to India rings true. See more »


This story supposedly takes place in 1900. However, a reference is made to "The Adventure of the Enguineer's Thumb" being published in the Strand Magazine. This story appeared in the March 1892 edition. And if the events of this film were set in 1892, it contradicts Holmesian chronology - at that period in time, Holmes was believed to be dead (he revealed himself as living in 1894, and was believed dead in 1891). See more »


Remake of The Woman in Green (1945) See more »


Rule Britannia
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
At the scene of an audience with Queen Victoria
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Enjoyable tosh
18 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very derivative, with odd bits of various Holmes stories stapled together. I would agree that Edward Woodward is an excellent actor, but not Holmes. Anthony Andrews is, however, an excellent Moriarty. Once again Mycroft is rather too thin for the role, and I would agree that being snuck up on by a large Thug who has to lever open a casket to do so is pretty improbable. The main problem for me is that the time lines simply do not hold together- having missed the announcement of the date at the start I was looking for clues. So.... last public execution in England, 1863 (and not a multiple hanging at that). Victoria in widow's weeds, after 1861, before 1902. All looking good, except the bit where Oberstein pulls a gun not manufactured until 1893... oh well!

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