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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.

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Douglas Hickox

Writer:

Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay)
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Cast

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 Francesca Gonshaw ... Young Girl in Mire
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baskervilles hund See more »

Company Credits

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Mapleton Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Colour)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Rather bafflingly, the character of Inspector Lestrade is introduced far earlier in the story in this version than he is in the novel, but is left out of the scene of Holmes and Watson confronting and killing the hound - the one scene in the book in which he appears. See more »

Goofs

It is impossible to completely sink in quicksand. If a person ever gets caught in quicksand, the furthest they would sink is up to their waist. See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: But without the imagination Watson, there would be no horror.
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Soundtracks

Rue de Boulanger
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Rabinowitz
Mapleton Music Co.
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Lightweight and shallow
23 October 2004 | by boomcoachSee all my reviews

This film obviously takes its casting from the portrayals of Holmes and Watson by Rathbone and Bruce, rather than from the book. Richardson is smarmy, jovial and cheery, with none of Rathbone's cold precision and sharpness. Churchill is more idiotic as Watson than even Nigel Bruce could manage. An insipid and clueless Inspector LeStrade is added for no other reason, apparently, than the writer's feeling that a Holmes story needed him.

The sets looked good. Some of the additional characters are quite well done (with the exception of the butler and his wife, who sleepwalk through their lines.)

This film pales next to almost any of the other film adaptations of Hound. The best is the Rathbone/Bruce version. The Hammer films version gives us Peter Cushing as an excellent Holmes surrounded by those lovely Hammer sets.

The 1988 Jeremy Brett TV film suffers from being filmed on a TV budget, but gives us what is probably the most faithful rendition of Holmes and Watson, with Watson coming off as Holmes' strong right hand, rather than as a buffoon. Watch any and/or all of these, but only watch this version if you have run out of other versions to watch.


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