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The Hound of the Baskervilles (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.

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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 »

Company Credits

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 tele-movie debuted in the same 1988 year as the Sherlock Holmes spoof theatrical feature film 'Without a Clue'. See more »

Goofs

When the hound attacks Selden, during the struggle there are scenes in which the victim changes from Selden to Sir Henry Baskerville. Seldon's head is shaved, while in parts of this scene, the victim obviously has a full head of hair. 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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One of the best Hound adaptations
15 February 2006 | by james_oblivionSee all my reviews

Though some may find Holmes's long stretches of absence disappointing in this adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles (the most celebrated of all Conan Doyle tales), it should be understood that these absences are in keeping with the original novel. Watson does much of the footwork here, and is separated from Holmes for most of the story. And since Watson was the man who penned the memoirs, he recorded his own experiences. When he was away from Holmes, he could not divine what Holmes was doing, and would only record Holmes's own account of his actions during their separation once they'd been reunited. So, in this respect, this version remains more faithful to the original story than any other. There is, after all, tremendous pressure to pack as much Sherlock Holmes as one can into what is ostensibly a Sherlock Holmes film. It takes guts to keep him out of the picture for as long as this adaptation does...but this adaptation shows its courage in staying true to the text, even if it means leaving Sherlock Holmes out of it, for the most part.

Really, this was the only one of the Granada feature films that could have been made at this time, as Jeremy Brett was (quite noticeably) ill and could not have taken part in a two hour film in which Holmes was on the main stage...the strain would have been too much. As always, Brett's Holmes (when he's around) is a remarkable performance, and Hardwicke's Watson proves yet again why he was a more-than-suitable replacement for David Burke. Overall, a fine adaptation of Sherlock Holmes's most famous adventure. This and, to a lesser extent, the 1983 television version with Ian Richardson are, to my mind, the definitive Hounds.


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