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Jack the Ripper 

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (1988)
A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the Queen.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Michael Caine ...  Inspector Frederick Abberline 2 episodes, 1988
Armand Assante ...  Richard Mansfield 2 episodes, 1988
Ray McAnally ...  Sir William Gull 2 episodes, 1988
Lewis Collins ...  Sergeant George Godley 2 episodes, 1988
Ken Bones ...  Robert James Lees 2 episodes, 1988
Susan George ...  Catherine Eddowes 2 episodes, 1988
Jane Seymour ...  Emma 2 episodes, 1988
Harry Andrews ...  Coroner Wynne Baxter 2 episodes, 1988
Lysette Anthony ...  Mary Jane Kelly 2 episodes, 1988
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Rodman 2 episodes, 1988
Peter Armitage ...  Sergeant Kerby 2 episodes, 1988
Desmond Askew ...  Copy Boy 2 episodes, 1988
Trevor Baxter ...  Lanyon 2 episodes, 1988
Mike Carnell Mike Carnell ...  Newsvendor 2 episodes, 1988
Ann Castle Ann Castle ...  Lady Gull 2 episodes, 1988
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ...  Annie Chapman 2 episodes, 1988
Jon Croft Jon Croft ...  Mr. Thackeray 2 episodes, 1988
Angela Crow Angela Crow ...  Liz Stride 2 episodes, 1988
Kelly Cryer ...  Annette 2 episodes, 1988
Marc Culwick Marc Culwick ...  Prince Albert Victor 2 episodes, 1988
John Dair John Dair ...  Isenschmid 2 episodes, 1988
Roy Evans Roy Evans ...  Doorkeeper 2 episodes, 1988
John Fletcher John Fletcher ...  P.C. Watkins 2 episodes, 1988
Sheridan Forbes Sheridan Forbes ...  Millie 2 episodes, 1988
Hugh Fraser ...  Sir Charles Warren 2 episodes, 1988
Martin Friend ...  Newsvendor 2 episodes, 1988
Christopher Fulford ...  Beggar / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Michael Gothard ...  George Lusk 2 episodes, 1988
Bruce Green Bruce Green ...  Pizer 2 episodes, 1988
Ricci Harnett ...  Pickpocket 2 episodes, 1988
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ...  Henry Matthews 2 episodes, 1988
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ...  Assistant Commissioner 2 episodes, 1988
Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ...  Dr. Llewellyn 2 episodes, 1988
Peter Hughes Peter Hughes ...  Mr. Paulson 2 episodes, 1988
Frank Jarvis Frank Jarvis ...  1st Passer by 2 episodes, 1988
Edward Judd ...  DCS Arnold 2 episodes, 1988
Gertan Klauber ...  Diemschutz 2 episodes, 1988
Jon Laurimore ...  Inspector Spratling 2 episodes, 1988
Mike Lewin Mike Lewin ...  Duty Guard 2 episodes, 1988
Rod Lewis Rod Lewis ...  Mortician 2 episodes, 1988
Gary Love ...  Derek 2 episodes, 1988
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Eric Mason Eric Mason ...  Publican 2 episodes, 1988
Bernadette Milnes Bernadette Milnes ...  Woman in Doorway 2 episodes, 1988
Jonathan Moore Jonathan Moore ...  Benjamin Bates 2 episodes, 1988
Richard Morant ...  Dr. Acland 2 episodes, 1988
T.P. McKenna ...  O'Connor 2 episodes, 1988
John Normington ...  Dresser 2 episodes, 1988
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Sandra Payne Sandra Payne ...  Mrs. Acland 2 episodes, 1988
Neville Phillips ...  Cabinet Secretary 2 episodes, 1988
Iain Rattray Iain Rattray ...  Tough Cop 2 episodes, 1988
David Ryall ...  Bowyer 2 episodes, 1988
Gary Shail Gary Shail ...  Pimp 2 episodes, 1988
Gerald Sim ...  Dr. Bagster Phillips 2 episodes, 1988
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Storyline

During the latter half of 1888, a notorious serial killer nicknamed Jack the Ripper terrorises the East End of London by murdering prostitutes in a terribly violent way. Public outrage follows. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline is assigned to the case, but finds that it is not just a simple murder enquiry. Based on a real-life event, this movie claims to have had access to top secret Home Office files and believe that their ending is the correct solution to the age old mystery. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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The hunt is on for the world's most infamous murderer.


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack el destripador See more »

Filming Locations:

Belper, Derbyshire, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | (2 parts) (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the final filmed productions of Edward Judd (DCS Arnold). See more »

Goofs

The position of Mary Kelly's bed as viewed from the window into which Thomas Bowyer peered is wrong. It is shown with the foot of the bed closest to the window, when in fact from that angle the view should have been the same view of the bed as shown in the photograph of Mary Jane Kelly's remains (which was found by Donald Rumbelow). See more »

Quotes

Sgt. George Godley: Inquest tomorrow? How can we present evidence by tomorrow?
Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline: We can't!
Sgt. George Godley: You mean we're not meant to?
Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline: I don't know yet, but something stinks, and it's not just this place!
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Alternate Versions

Shown as a 2-part drama (2 x 100 min) in the UK, and as a 4-part mini-series (4 x 50 min) in the US. See more »

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Soundtracks

Hail, Brittania
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Based on poem by James Thomson set to music by Thomas Augustine Arne 1740
heard on calliope outside Mary Kelly's room
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Excellently constructed telling of the story.
8 April 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

"For over 100 years the murders in Whitechapel committed by Jack the Ripper have baffled the World. What you are about to see is a dramatisation of these events. Our story is based on extensive research, including a review of the official files by special permission of the Home Office and interviews with leading criminologists and Scotland Yard officials."

Jack The Ripper is produced out of Euston Films and is directed by David Wickes who also co-wrote it with Derek Marlowe. Released to coincide with the 100 years anniversary of the murders, it stars Michael Caine (Frederick Abberline), Armand Assante (Richard Mansfield), Ray McAnally (Sir William Gull), Lewis Collins (Sgt. George Godley), Ken Bones (Robert James Lees), Susan George (Catherine 'Kate' Eddowes) & Jane Seymour (Emma Prentiss).

Originally released as a TV mini-series in the United Kingdom, Jack The Ripper has long since been available to view as a three hour ten minute movie. Every second of which is worth sitting thru. For his story Wickes uses actual historical characters that were involved in the 1888 hunt for the notorious killer. Drawing heavily from the Masonic/Royal Family conspiracy theory that has been used before in tellings of the story (notably the film Murder By Decree born out of Thomas E. A. Stowell's theory), Wickes boldly proclaimed to be revealing the true identity of the Ripper. Something that unsurprisingly he was forced to recant, but regardless of that, this is a glorious telling, meticulous in detail and providing much food for thought.

In amongst the grizzly murders and the fraught search for the killer by the exasperated police, Wickes' movie fully forms the other issues to hand. Such as the role of the press during this dark time and why was George Lusk leading vigilante's across Whitechapel? The Government and Royal Family aspects are given screen time because that's how high the issue went. The pressure on Abberline from his superiors is told in full, as the murders start to escalate and Abberline runs up against questionable assistance during the investigation, his anger grows. We are with him every step of the way. The prostitutes aren't merely Ripper fodder characters either, we at least meet them, understand them, even seeing the role of the "pimp" in Victorian England. It's good stuff, well researched.

Technically, for a TV movie, its production value is very high. Great sets that bring to life Victorian England (the exteriors were actually shot in Belper, Derbyshire), the costumes catch the eye and the cast are hugely effective. Particularly Caine (throwing himself into the role) and Assante (switching his character's emotional state regularly with consummate ease). We also get the chill factor too, something that's needed in a film of such dark thematics. As the street girls walk alone in dimly lit cobbled streets, the air of unease is palpable. Then a silhouette of the man with the hat, cloak and bag brings a cold shiver down the spine. Witness to the sequences involving the play Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a nice put in to the plot by the writers, and one that provides genuinely creepy moments. It's a top film that has so much going for it.

There will be other Jack The Ripper film's no doubt, and for sure more books will arrive proclaiming this and that is true. But with this take, if you buy into the theory or not, is probably as good as it gets for detail and execution of the material. 9/10


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