MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,940 this week

The Royal Scandal (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  Mystery | Thriller  -  19 October 2001 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 246 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 4 critic

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes - the world's greatest detective - faces a most alluring adversary... Legendary opera star Irene Adler is threatening to destroy the King of ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(short story "A Scandal in Bohemia" from volume "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"),
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 618 titles
created 25 Jul 2012
 
a list of 151 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 224 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 1600 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Royal Scandal (TV Movie 2001)

The Royal Scandal (TV Movie 2001) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Royal Scandal.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Liliana Komorowska ...
Daniel Brochu ...
...
Meisener
...
Robin Wilcock ...
Crown Prince
...
PC Trevor
Jacob Richmond ...
Cadogan West
Kathleen McAuliffe ...
Alan Legros ...
Burly #1
Kevin Ryder ...
Burly #2
...
Noel Burton ...
Professor Morgan
David Francis ...
Jenkins
Edit

Storyline

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes - the world's greatest detective - faces a most alluring adversary... Legendary opera star Irene Adler is threatening to destroy the King of Bohemia's reputation with proof of their illicit affair. The evidence? A photograph. Her ransom? The king's hand in marriage. But not only does investigating detective Sherlock Holmes already know Irene from the past, he also knows that the queen of manipulation would never resort to such a common crime. After uncovering her true ambitions, Holmes draws the cunning songstress into a well-matched game of cat and mouse. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Temptation May Be His Greatest Adversary

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

19 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Royal Scandal  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Follows The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Misguided Adaptation
20 October 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Sherlock Holmes faces an old enemy in the beautiful form of Irene Adler, a woman with a keenly criminal mind, his wills become torn between sentimentality and justice. He has been commissioned by the Prince of Germany to recover a compromising photograph taken with Irene, but is soon swept into a world of political intrigue, unrest, scandal, and double intentions that could be his downfall.

Filled with dark, fog-shrouded chases through London, heart-stopping instances of horror, and momentary glimpses into the mind of Sherlock Holmes, "The Royal Scandal" was meant to be a classic among film adaptations. Sadly, it falls far short. The film begins most appropriately with a disclaimer saying that it has not been endorsed by any member of Doyle's family. This in itself was a grand giveaway that the following hour and a half of whirlwind scandal, deception, romance and imperial intrigue was not exactly what good old Doyle intended when he penned "A Scandal in Bohemia," upon which the production is very loosely based.

Given, the film is not an entire flop. It manages to follow closely the story in some areas and expand out in others. Borrowing the blueprint scam and political tensions from His Last Bow, it attempts to make for itself a winning mystery of charm and interest and could have carried itself off well were it not for the gaping holes in character development. Our first and most glaring flaw is found in Holmes himself... a distracted, romantically entangled Holmes. A Sherlock Holmes who finds himself blinded by beauty and seduction, who prides himself one moment on "being the one exception" in the male race who consistently gives in to Irene Adler's temptations; and the next finds himself compromised.

Non-literary fans of Sherlock Holmes will even notice the flaws; that Homes would ever place personal interest before one of his cases is ridiculous; and his interest in Irene is played out on more a personal nature than a willingness to corner her for the government's sake. To Sherlock Holmes, this would be the ultimate humiliation. On the other end of the tables, the political intrigue that is played out is very enthralling as Irene and Holmes play out a delightful game of cat and mouse. London is at its most mysterious and sinister. We are also introduced to characters only alluded to in the novels... namely his political brother Mycroft, and the street-wise Wiggins.

In conclusion, it is a film that wavers between being likable due to the nature of its intent and distasteful to true lovers of the Canon. If you are a died-in-the-wool Sherlockian like myself, you will find Holmes inability to control his feelings somewhat hard to swallow. But the rest of the production is just seductive enough to draw you into a world of lies, deceptions, and double agents that would please any mystery buff. Hallmark could have done better; maybe next time their writer would fare better in actually *reading* the Canon.


5 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Royal Scandal (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?