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Murder by Decree (1979)

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Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (characters), John Hopkins (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Sherlock Holmes
James Mason ... Dr. John H. Watson
David Hemmings ... Inspector Foxborough
Susan Clark ... Mary Kelly
Anthony Quayle ... Sir Charles Warren
John Gielgud ... Prime Minister Lord Salisbury
Frank Finlay ... Inspector Lestrade
Donald Sutherland ... Robert Lees
Geneviève Bujold ... Annie Crook
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Doctor Hardy
Tedde Moore Tedde Moore ... Mrs. Lees (as Teddi Moore)
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... William Slade
Roy Lansford Roy Lansford ... Sir Thomas Spivey
Catherine Kessler Catherine Kessler ... Carrie
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Makins
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Sherlock Holmes investigates London's most infamous case, Jack the Ripper. As he investigates, he finds that the Ripper has friends in high places. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Can the genius of Sherlock Holmes stop the terror of Jack the Ripper? See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Alien (1979) was shooting concurrently with this movie at Shepperton Studios. See more »

Goofs

When Holmes And Watson leave the theater at the beginning of the film they have news of the third ripper victim (Liz Stride). She was murdered in September but Watson clearly states that the month is October. There were no Ripper murders in October. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister Lord Salisbury: You have my word.
Sherlock Holmes: [Acidly] I would prefer some more reliable authority.
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Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Preludio
(uncredited)
from "Partita für Violine solo Nr.3 E-Dur BWV.1006"
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Paul Zaza and Carl Zittrer
Played by Holmes on violin
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Excellent Holmes Mystery!
28 September 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

If you love the legendary London sleuth, dark, mysterious Victorian streets, an ample collection of plot twists, and good, solid acting, then this film is for you. It has a fine story about the meeting of the greatest detective Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and the mysterious Jack the Ripper in some of the best Victorian street settings filmed. Christopher Plummer is excellent as Holmes, giving him characteristics rarely seen in film such as humour and compassion. His Holmes is easily the most humane ever on screen, even at one point wiping tears from his face. James Mason makes a wonderful and amusing Dr. Watson. The rest of the cast is just as good and the story, although not very plausible, is nonetheless very intriguing and suspenseful.


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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

CAD5,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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