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Cast overview, first billed only:
Insp. Jim Hansen
Florry Lewis
Adam Couper ...
Sgt Tommy Bell
Evelyn Bookman
Olivia Hamnett ...
Lady Margaret
Karen Davitt ...
Damien Pree ...
Officer Peters
Kevin Miles ...
Sir William Fraser
John Gregg ...
Frank Whitten ...
Dr. Pearce
Peter Collingwood ...
Josephine Keen ...


This telling of the story of Jack the Ripper focuses not on the killings as much as on the aristocratic lives of the people connected to the heir-apparent to the throne of England... who of course is the Ripper. It tells also of the investigator who dares to charge this man with such crimes, and of his love for a witness to one of the brutal slayings. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »





Release Date:

6 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A hasfelmetsző  »

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Samuel West previously played Prince Albert Victor Edward as a young child in Edward the King (1975) in which his father Timothy West played the title role. See more »


When Inspector Hansen is showing Florry photos of the murders, he is using photos of the REAL victims, but the photos he is showing her are of the murders that haven't happened yet. See more »


Version of Murder by Decree (1979) See more »


Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Surprisingly Good for Movie Made for Television
4 February 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1888, in London, a prostitute is slaughtered on the street. The Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Jim Hansen (Patrick Bergin) is in charge of the investigation and realizes that the killer is a person with skill in dissection. Hansen belongs to the lower class and aspires to socially climb. Soon there are other murders and the ex-prostitute Florry Lewis (Gabrielle Anwar) witnesses the killer killing a prostitute and is forced to go to the precinct to provide a lead to the Scotland Yard. Inspector Hansen assigns Sgt. Tommy Bell (Adam Couper) to protect Florry and he investigates the murder cases. Prince Albert Victor (Samuel West), who is the heir of the throne of England, becomes his prime suspect but his chief Sir Charles Warren (Michael York) tells that they need to have strong evidences against the prince to proceed the case. Sir Warren decides to use Florry as bait but Inspector Hansen has fallen in love with her and objects. But his chief makes clear that this is the only way to stop the ripper. What will Inspector Hansen do?

"The Ripper" is a surprisingly good movie for television with a different version of Jack the Ripper. Great performances, engaging screenplay, wonderful locations and cinematography make this movie worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Estripador" ("The Ripper")

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