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Hands of a Murderer (1990)

TV Movie  |  Approved  |   |  Mystery, Action, Adventure  |  16 May 1990 (USA)
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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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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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The opening hanging scene has a public hanging using the large American style knot, never ever used in Britain - Prisoners were given a black cap, instead of a white but the last public hanging in Britain was in 1868, 32 years before the movie is set. See more »


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Alas, I Really Tried to Like It More
7 September 2003 | by (Calgary AB Canada) – See all my reviews

I am a lifelong fan of The Great Detective; I yield place to no one as a fan of Edward Woodward. I even believe I understand why Mr Woodward would wish to play Sherlock Holmes; I too would like to play Sherlock Holmes. I recuse myself from the role (even though no one has asked me to perform as the Wizard of Baker Street) since I bear no resemblance whatsoever to Sir Arthur's descriptions of Holmes. Nor does Edward Woodward, and it is simply too great a stretch to see a burly Holmes. Woodward would make a fine radio Holmes. Hillerman is as solid a Watson as any, which is in itself amazing as Hillerman is from Texas. Perhaps this presentation suffers most when compared with the British series starring Jeremy Brett. In short, despite its good points, not for Sherlockians.

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