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Christopher Lee ... Sherlock Holmes

Patrick Macnee ... Dr. Watson

Morgan Fairchild ... Irene Frances Adler
John Bennett ... Dr. Sigmund Freud

Engelbert Humperdinck ... Eberhardt Bohm

Tom Lahm ... Elliott Ness
Ronald Hines ... Sir Reginald Cholmondley
Nicholas Gecks ... Michael Simpson-Makepeace

Jenny Quayle ... Lady Violet Cholmondley
Michael Siberry ... Franz Winterhauser

Dominic Jephcott ... Major Von Bork

Frank Middlemass ... Dr. Froelich
Charlotte Attenborough ... Margaret Froelich
James Bree ... Franz Dietrich
John Gower ... Count Helmut Giddings
Mia Nadasi ... Olga Lindstrom
Robert Rietty ... Franz Hoffman
Kalman Glass ... Franz Zimmer
Paul Humpoletz ... Hugo Oberstein

Tom Chadbon ... Zygovich
Kevin Quarmby ... Kosich

Terence Beesley ... Serge Duvok (as Terrence Beesley)
Patrick Monckton ... Laszlo Karparti
Leon Lissek ... Stage Door-Keeper
Cyril Shaps ... Emperor Franz Joseph
Guy Scantlebury ... Captain Melbury
Jerome Willis ... Mycroft Holmes
Margaret John ... Mrs. Hudson
Michael McStay ... Inspector Schmidt
Amy L. Taylor ... Hilda
Jeremy Beckman ... Heinrich
Antony Marsh ... Guard (as Anthony Marsh)
Sandor Elès ... Maitre D' (as Sandor Eles)
Mark Powley ... Stage Manager
Patrick Duggan ... Chief Usher
Gertan Klauber ... Night-Club Doorman
Julia Finlay ... Matilda
Jovica Nikolic ... Gypsy Reader
Marcel Medernach ... Major Domo
Nick Gray ... Monk
Peter Bamber ... Prince Orlofsky
Peta Bartlett ... Ida
Phillip Dogham ... Frank
Diane Horsey ... Adele
Bruce Ogston ... Dr. Falke
Gareth Roberts ... Eisenstein
Debra Skeen ... Rosalinda

Directed by
Peter Sasdy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arthur Conan Doyle  characters (uncredited)
H.R.F. Keating 
Bob Shayne 

Produced by
Frank Agrama .... producer
Riccardo Coccia .... line producer
Daniele Lorenzano .... producer
Mirjana Mijojlic .... supervising producer
Alessandro Tasca .... producer
Harry Alan Towers .... executive producer (as Peter Welbeck)
Original Music by
Detto Mariano 
Cinematography by
Brian West 
Film Editing by
Marcus Manton 
Casting by
Maggi Sangwin 
Production Design by
Vladislav Lasic 
Mike Porter 
Art Direction by
Ian Watson 
Set Decoration by
Vladislav Tomanovic 
Costume Design by
Diana Cilliers  (as Dianna Cilliers)
Makeup Department
Vittorio Biseo .... makeup supervisor
Ana Bulajic-Crcek .... assistant makeup artist (as Ana Bulaic)
Sandra Ivatovic .... assistant hair stylist
Ljubica Kapetanov .... assistant hair stylist
Wendy Rawson .... hair stylist
Maria Rizzo .... hair styles supervisor
Radmila Todorovic .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Piero Amati .... production supervisor
Branimir Dimitrijevic .... unit manager
Pam Gordon .... post-production supervisor (as Pamela Gordon)
Miodrag Stevanovic .... production manager
Andjelija Vlaisavljevic .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sofija Djergovic .... third assistant director
Dragan Djordjevic .... second assistant director
Chris Rose .... first assistant director
Dusty Symonds .... first assistant director
Art Department
Negoslav Djokovic .... property master
Dusan Djordjevic .... carpenter
Jordan Gelevski .... painter
Miodrag Miric .... construction coordinator
Milenko Niketic .... assistant set decorator
Jovan Radomirovic .... carpenter
Flandina Rigamonti .... property buyer
Aleksandar Siljanovski .... assistant property master
Zoran Tojaga .... property buyer
Sound Department
Ahmed Agrama .... executive in charge of post-production sound
Leonard Araujo .... adr recordist: Los Angeles
Albert Bailey .... sound mixer
George Bours .... sound designer
George Bours .... sound re-recording mixer
George Bours .... supervising sound editor
St. Clair Davis .... boom operator
R.D. Floyd .... dialogue editor
Richard Maxim Garcia .... foley recordist (as Maxim)
Kent Harrison Hayes .... executive in charge of post-production sound
Ossama Khuluki .... foley artist
Dennis Mosher .... adr editor
Gerard Shadrick .... post-production sound manager
Fabiola Stevenson .... post-production sound coordinator
Garry Ulmer .... sound editor
Garry Ulmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Franco Ragusa .... special effects coordinator
Wayne Michaels .... stunt coordinator
Tip Tipping .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jorge Alia .... video tape operator
Sead Bihorac .... key grip
Robert Binnall .... second assistant camera
Cedomir Blazic .... best boy
Petar Bogoeski .... gaffer
Milenko Knezevic .... grip
Zoran Miletic .... electrician
Hugo Olguin .... video tape operator
Gerlando Sergioli .... generator operator
Nenad Vasic .... dolly grip
Kenneth J. Withers .... camera operator
Jason Wrenn .... first assistant camera
Zoran Zivkovic .... grip
Dragan Zivotic .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leigh Bishop .... wardrobe assistant
Barbara Coccia .... wardrobe assistant
Lisa Hart .... wardrobe assistant
Marina Skundric .... wardrobe assistant
Alberto Tosto .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Robert Darvell .... second assistant film editor
Corinne Villa .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Harry Bluestone .... composer: additional music
Peter Frank .... additional music
Billy Goldenberg .... composer: additional music
William Loose .... composer: additional music
John McCarthy .... music coordinator
John Mortarotti .... music editor
Arlon Ober .... composer: additional music
Gerard Shadrick .... composer: title theme
Transportation Department
Paul Angel .... driver
Patrique Belot .... driver
Jugoslav Bobera .... driver
Sinisa Bralic .... driver
Luigi Davis .... driver
Carlo Dionisi .... driver
Nick Gray .... driver
Jova Jovic .... driver
Srdjan Leskovac .... transportation captain
Georges Moes .... driver
Marc Reding .... driver
Vincenzo Rizzi .... driver
Jacques Saber .... driver
Martin Sullivan .... driver
Dusan Surla .... driver
Zoran Zivkovic .... driver
Other crew
Jane Apodaca .... production coordinator
Paul Cadiou .... production auditor
Cornelia Grundmeier .... assistant to auditor
Anita Hope .... production coordinator: London
Loredana Manili .... production assistant
Kevin McCosco .... technical engineer
Angela Pedersen .... production secretary
Stefano Priori .... location manager
Sue Shephers .... script supervisor
Zivko Stosic .... tapestry
Elisabetta Bartolomei .... production assistant: Italy (uncredited)
Leonard B. Rosman .... legal services (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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187 min (NTSC DVD) (2 parts)
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Patrick Macnee was three months older than Christopher Lee. Both were in the same class at Summer Fields School. Lee died on 7th June 2015 and Macnee died on 25th June 2015.See more »
Factual errors: At the ball, Franz Joe see was introduced as "His Majesty" but as Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary he was also referred to as "His Imperial and Royal Majesty"See more »
Sherlock Holmes:And now, thanks to your ineptitude, Mr. Ness, the one remaining link to the prototype lies dead, and we stand here without the faintest idea of the identity of the intended victim.
Elliott Ness:I'm sorry, it's my first case.
Dr. Watson:What a surprise.
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
An adequate Sherlockian pastiche, 11 December 2006
Author: catuus from United States

In 1991 and 1992, 2 long Sherlock Holmes pastiches appeared as TV miniseries. With Christopher Lee as Holmes and Patrick Macnee as Watson, we should have very high expectations of these presentations. For the most part, these were fulfilled to a large extent. Both men were associated with other Sherlockian endeavors. Lee had earlier (1970) played Sherlock's brother Mycroft ("The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes") and (1962) Sherlock ("Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace") ... and played Henry Baskerville opposite the late Peter Cushing as Holmes in Hammer Studio's fine "Hound of the Baskervilles" in 1959..

(Cushing in turn played Holmes also in 1984's Masks of Death and in a UK TV series in 1965-68.) Macnee had previously played Watson in 1976 ("Sherlock Holmes in New York") and went on to play Holmes himself in a 1993 TV movie ("The Hound of London").

What is amazing here is how few times these men have played Sherlockian rôles. Lee gave some of the best portrayals of the Great Detective committed to film – on a par with Rathbone although not so fine as Brett. Macnee was a fine, assertive Watson – much less wimpy than the rôle handed to Nigel Bruce and very much the equal of Edward Hardwicke. We may be grateful that Lee didn't affect the unSherlockian deerstalker. (And Cushing, again, is really incisive as Holmes.) The "Leading Lady" of the title is none other than The Woman, Irene Adler. Here the film stumbles. First of all, the rôle is given to Morgan Fairchild – not exactly a bad choice, but not entirely a felicitous one, either. Although Fairchild pretty much walks the walk and talks the talk, in the end it's simply not possible to believe that Sherlock would ever have called her "The Woman". More than this, the film's producers obviously have no idea that in the early 1890s (the film takes place in 1910), Sherlock spent some months in Montenegro, during which time he lived with Adler and fathered on her a son – the later great reclusive detective Nero Wolfe (please note the "er-o" of Sherlock and the "ol-e" of Holmes). We see no sign of this aspect of their relationship.

The film takes place in and around Wien (Vienna) – after an introduction in London. The plot involves a device developed by an Austrian scientist – one that will explode bombs remotely. He has both a prototype and the plans. Of course, everybody is after this new toy: the Austro-Hungarian government, the Russians, the Germans, and some Serbian terrorists who want to blow up Emperor Franz-Josef. Obviously the latter bunch don't succeed (old FJ died in his bed in 1916), but in retrospect it's too bad they didn't.

The inventor rather stupidly imagines that the British can be trusted not to make improper use of his creation and offers it to them. Holmes and Watson travel to Wien to collect the detonator. The remainder of the film (almost 3 hours total) involves disguises, double dealing, racing and chasing, and a good deal of confusion. In the process the prototype and the plans become separated. The film's director keeps things moving and keeps Holmes guessing. The various characters are colorful and, for the most part, effectively portrayed. The Emperor, alas, is portrayed as far too affable, whereas the man was stiff, formal, and distant.

The only member of the cast who is well known, aside from those already mentioned, is Engelbert Humperdinck – not the excellent 19th-Century composer, but the rather less excellent stage performer (the connection being that the latter took the former's name as a stage name). Humperdinck invests his character (Eberhard Böhm) with a fine Old World feeling and fits in well with the general high tenor of the cast.

Probably the best joke in the film is the appearance of Elliot Ness, on his first post-training assignment for what would later become the FBI. The best part of the joke is that Ness was born in 1903 and would then have been 7 years old. Somebody (a) didn't do his/her homework or (b) is pulling our legs rather vigorously.

On the whole, while this film can't be regarded as an absolutely top-notch Holmes pastiche – certainly not the quality of "Private Life" or "Seven Per-Cent Solution" – it's entertaining and worth watching. Don't be put off by the occasional banality of the script. On more than one occasion I found myself saying the utterly predictable next line before the character who was supposed to say it. To the film's credit, not once to I recall Holmes saying that "the game is afoot". Lee was, however, saddled with the occasional "elementary".

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