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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)

Sherlock Holmes comes to the aid of his friend Henry Baskerville, who is under a family curse and menaced by a demonic dog that prowls the bogs near his estate and murders people.


Douglas Hickox


Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Richardson ... Sherlock Holmes
Donald Churchill ... Dr. John Watson
Denholm Elliott ... Dr. Mortimer
Glynis Barber ... Beryl Stapleton
Brian Blessed ... Geoffrey Lyons
Eleanor Bron ... Mrs. Barrymore
Edward Judd ... Barrymore
Ronald Lacey ... Inspector Lestrade
Martin Shaw ... Sir Henry Baskerville
Connie Booth ... Laura Lyons
Eric Richard ... Cabbie
Michael Burrell Michael Burrell ... Shop Owner
Cindy O'Callaghan Cindy O'Callaghan ... Maid
Peter Rutherford Peter Rutherford ... Selden
Francesca Gonshaw ... Young Girl in Mire


Sherlock Holmes comes to the aid of his friend Henry Baskerville, who is under a family curse and menaced by a demonic dog that prowls the bogs near his estate and murders people.

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The character of "Geoffrey Lyons" does not appear in the original novel, nor is there any equivalent character. The scene where he bends a poker to impress Holmes with his strength is derived from another Sherlock Holmes story, "The Speckled Band". See more »


In the scene where Lestrade believes he's captured Laura Lyons' killer, Holmes quotes from Scripture: "Love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave." He and Lestrade both agree that it's from Isaiah 6:8. It's not. It's from Song of Songs 8:6., and the actual quote is "Love is strong as death, jealousy is cruel as the grave." See more »


Sherlock Holmes: But without the imagination Watson, there would be no horror.
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Lilly Of Laguna
Music by Leslie Stuart
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Not bad, but...
20 February 2016 | by nickgodfreySee all my reviews

I've seen a few versions of probably Holmes' most famous case, and this one holds up pretty well. Firstly, Ian Richardson as Holmes: he is a different Holmes to Conan Doyle's cold, aloof deduction machine. This Holmes is a lively, happy Holmes and I can't really get on with this portrayal. Richardson is a fine actor but I much prefer Jeremy Brett, Peter Cushing and Basil Rathbone. Next up we have Donald Churchill as Doctor Watson giving possibly the worst performance of all the Watson's. It's certainly the worst performance in the film. Churchill gives a stumbling, mumbling, bumbling performance, in the Nigel Bruce vein but with none of the charm. Bruce and David Burke were far better Watson's. Martin Shaw, TV's Ray Doyle from The Professionals turns up as American Sir Henry Baskerville and he turns in an average performance, mainly due to the fact his whole voice was dubbed (by Eric Roberts, Julia's brother). No idea why this was done. Maybe Shaw's accent wasn't up to scratch but it certainly detracts from his performance. Trusty Brit stalwarts Denholm Eliot (miscast as Dr Mortimer- Mortimer was in his 30's in the novel), Brian Blessed shouting and hollering as Geoffrey Lyons (a character only mentioned by name in the book) and Ronald Lacey as Lestrade all provide good support. Nicholas Clay does a nice turn as the devious Stapleton but Glynis Barber as Beryl Stapleton is appalling. She seems to come from the quivering lip school of acting. The production in this version is particularly good. Impressive photography of the brooding moor and Baskerville Hall plus Douglas Hickox's confident direction are big plus points. Forget the dodgy sets of Baker Street at the beginning and some obvious studio sets of the moor towards the end. Bit of a cop out ending with Sir Henry and Beryl which is different to the book. All in all a pretty good attempt at a classic, not the best but certainly not the worst.

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3 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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