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The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate after an heir claims his estate is plagued by a ghostly dog.

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate after an heir claims his estate is plagued by a ghostly dog.

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The dinner conversation about the limits of Holmes' knowledge (literature, astronomy, politics, etc) is taken from a list made by Dr. Watson in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Holmes story, 'A Study in Scarlet'. See more »

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A long-shot of the train supposedly traveling westwards from Paddington Station (West Central London) to Dartmoor (Devon) affords a clear view of St Paul's in the background. St Paul's is in the City of London, and is several miles eastwards of Paddington. See more »

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Jack Stapleton: She calls herself a medium. The peasants call her a witch.
Dr. John Watson: And you? What do you call her?
Jack Stapleton: I call her "Mrs. Mortimer."
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Fast paced and enjoyable despite a few misgivings
30 December 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Lord Baskerville is killed by a mysterious hound, the local doctor covers it up as a heart attack and lies about the wounds. However he goes to Baker Street detective Sherlock Holmes with the truth and asks for his help. Holmes dispatches Watson to protect Baskerville's relative, newly arrived from America while he attempts to uncover more.

Christmas TV schedules are full of one-off dramas usually with stars who have done well in America but have returned to keep their face about or actors who don't often do television series. This version of a classic story was one such example. As is often the case with such things, it is a good production and moves the story along at a good pace. The hound itself is best seen in shadows and quick edits as it isn't that scary but the film still manages to have a sense of urgency to it.

Roxburgh's Holmes is suitably cheerful and feels outside of the murders, like he is enjoying the mystery of the whole thing. Hart tries hard with Watson and avoids the usual trap of playing him like a fool of sorts beside Holmes. Here he is central to the story and is onscreen a lot, but Hart makes him quite sour and colourless and he emerges as quite a pale character. Support was billed as `all-star' and I suppose it is in a way. All present themselves well and people like Grant, Tarbuck (!), Nettles and Cook are interesting additions.

Overall this is a fast paced and enjoyable version of the classic tale and is easy to enjoy. Hart dominates the middle section of the film which drags it down a little due to his lifeless Watson but generally the film is well worth a watch no matter how many times you've seen it told.


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