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Arthur Conan Doyle (stories)
Vladimir Valutskiy (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1980 (Soviet Union) See more »
After upsetting the criminal underground in 'the Master Blackmailer' case, Sherlock Holmes has to face his archenemy: Prof. Moriarty. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Igor Maslennikov 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arthur Conan Doyle  stories
Vladimir Valutskiy  screenplay

Original Music by
Vladimir Dashkevich 
Cinematography by
Anatoly Lapshov 
Yuri Veksler 
Film Editing by
Lyudmila Obrazumova  (as L. Obrazumova)
Production Design by
Mark Kaplan 
Set Decoration by
V. Sergeyev 
Costume Design by
Nelli Lev  (as N. Lev)
Makeup Department
L. Yeliseyeva .... makeup artist
Production Management
Grigori Prusovsky .... production manager
Sound Department
Boris Andreyev .... sound engineer
Boris Andreyev .... sound
Asya Zvereva .... sound engineer
Asya Zvereva .... sound
Special Effects by
N. Vashchilin .... special effects technician
Nikolay Pavlyuk .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Alik Nasyrov .... camera operator (as A. Nasyrov)
Other crew
N. Chirskov .... story editor

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Also Known As:
"Priklyucheniya Sherloka Kholmsa i doktora Vatsona: Smertelnaya skhvatka" - Soviet Union (original title)
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: Mortal Fight" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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Soviet Union:203 min (3 parts) | Soviet Union:65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Not deadly at all, 7 November 2009
Author: hte-trasme from United States

I had long heard about the high quality of the Lenfilm adaptations of Sherlock Holmes for Russian television starring Vasili Livanov, and now, through the grace of the internet and subtitles, I am getting the chance to see them. Their reputation is more than borne out. "Deadly Fight" picks up where its predecessor in a three-part arc left off, and uses Conan Doyle's story "The Final Problem" as a basis for embellishment and the creation of a wonderful film. It's a great attitude to take towards the original stories, and here "The Final Problem" is blended masterfully with elements from "Charles Augustus Milverton" in the previous film. One wouldn't have expected the one of the best film versions of this completely English character, and one that should feel so very right, should have been filmed in Russian.

Livanov's Holmes is one of the best I have seen: calm and friendly but totally in-command and both suited to an intellectual display through dialogue and quietly prepared for springing into action. He can change the tenor of a scene with ever-so-minor variations in his performance. Vitali Solomin is just about perfect as Watson. He rally becomes a full character here with the help of some great touches in the script -- and seemingly effortlessly as everything is still drawn from the spring of what we know from Conan Doyle. Viktor Yefgrafov is a slithering, creepy, and truly unnerving Professor Moriarty here in a great piece of casting.

The direction and pacing keep this film totally suspenseful and macabre all the way through. The viewer can really feel the sense of claustrophobia and impending doom as Moriarty makes his presence subtly known everywhere Holmes goes, leading up to a brilliant scene before the Reichenbach Falls as Holmes contemplates his destiny. It all balanced with just enough humor (such as in the scene where Watson unexpectedly runs into Lestrade) to keep it from being too oppressive. The ending is legitimately affecting no matter how well one knows that Holmes survives. In all, it's almost flawless, and looks gorgeous as well, with plenty of impressive location footage. If you couldn't tell, I recommend it and will be watching more.

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