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The Crucifer of Blood (1991)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 4 November 1991
A beautiful young woman asks Holmes to help her father, a former army captain and hopeless opium addict break free of the curse surrounding a stolen treasure.



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Complete credited cast:
Sherlock Holmes
Alistair Ross
Neville St. Claire
Clive Wood ...
James Coyle ...
Birdy Johnson
Kaleem Janjua ...
Durga Dass
Stefan Kalipha ...
Wali Dad
P.C. Hopkins
Sidney Livingstone ...
Roly Lamas ...


Beautiful, young Irne St. Claire enlists Holmes' and Watson's help for her father, a former veteran of the Great Indian Mutiny, who has become a hopeless opium addict. His drug dependence is a direct result of guilt and fear arising from a blood pact of secrecy made during the siege of Agra in 1857 in which he was party to the theft of a maharajah's treasure, murder, and betrayal. When an avaricious co-conspirator dies under mysterious circumstances, St. Clair is certain that the curse will strike him next. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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This is one mystery that it NOT elementary, my dear Watson...


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

4 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El crucifijo de sangre  »

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8 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's entirely too much cheerfulness, even in the plodding British atmosphere from director Heston (Charlton's son). The sets seem non-authentic and intrude into the setting. Charlton Heston is an excellent actor, but Holmes is not his best effort. Holmes, as portrayed here, is little more than a comic-book figure, laughing off his considerable talents and even his addictions. Richard Johnson, on the other hand, is a more-than-adequate Watson. Susannah Harker's acting is obvious, and it's actually Edward Fox who steals the show as Major Ross. The opening sequences are riveting, but soon the tale defoliates into typical TV fare. I'll stick with the fast-paced Rathbone outings, and Jeremy Brett's consummate performances.

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