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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | TV Movie 8 December 1988
When the latest heir to the Baskerville estate seems to be threatened by a family curse, only the master detective, Sherlock Holmes, can find out the truth.

Director:

Brian Mills

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (novel) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), John Hawkesworth (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr. John Watson
Raymond Adamson ... Sir Charles Baskerville
Alastair Duncan ... Dr. Mortimer (as Neil Duncan)
Ronald Pickup ... Barrymore
Rosemary McHale Rosemary McHale ... Mrs. Barrymore
Kristoffer Tabori ... Sir Henry Baskerville
Edward Romfourt Edward Romfourt ... Purser
James Faulkner ... Stapleton
Philip Dettmer Philip Dettmer ... Pageboy
Stephen Tomlin Stephen Tomlin ... Perkins
Fiona Gillies ... Beryl Stapleton
Bernard Horsfall ... Frankland
Don McKillop Don McKillop ... Vicar of Grimpen (as Donald McKillop)
William Ilkley ... Selden
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Storyline

Sir Charles Baskerville dies on the moor under mysterious circumstances and rumors abound about a demonic hound. When the American heir arrives to take charge, a family friend calls in Holmes and Watson to get to the heart of the mystery. Written by Kathy Li

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Crime | Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sátán kutyája See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This feature length adaptation of the novel has tended to be seen as a disappointment by the fans. The slow pace and lack of imagination are usually the reasons cited. See more »

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This adaptation makes the usual error of giving Watson a Webley Mk VI .455 service revolver. Though it has the "look" of a 19th century revolver, it was not fielded by the British Army until 1915, almost thirty years after the story is set. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. John Watson: Finished.
[stretching]
Dr. John Watson: Aah!
[picks up and studies walking stick]
Sherlock Holmes: [with his back to Watson] What do you make of it, Watson?
Dr. John Watson: What? Huh,I believe you've got eyes in the back of your head, Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes: Well, I have a well-polished coffee pot in front of me.
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Connections

Version of Der Hund von Baskerville, 4. Teil (1916) See more »

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another wander in the fog
5 July 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This was the only feature length entry in the Granada Holmes series that I hadn't seen, but finally caught up with it - compared to the others it isn't one of the best, mainly because the bulk of the film has Holmes absent or as a shadowy presence, a disembodied voice. I'm not knocking the performance of Edward Hardwicke as Watson, who is as good as ever, as the good doctor is sent to the wilds of Dartmoor with the quicksands and the ghostly howls, to protect the American heir to the Baskerville fortune.

When Jeremy Brett as Holmes is in this, he is superb (that first scene with Watson, and following with Mortimer; the scene in the hut; and - as so often in this series - an ambivalent attitude to the lady in distress). There was no finer interpreter of Holmes and this film, around halfway into the series, gives him a number of scenes to put across that tortured, mischevious genius.

As a completist, I'm glad to see this at last. It has the look and feel of the other episodes (the camerawork was always superb with its plethora of odd angles, reflections, and close-ups) and is perhaps the best version of 'The Hound'. Perhaps it is just simply below Conan Doyle's best, and viewers expect more than the material can give.


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