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Hands of a Murderer (1990)

Approved | | Mystery, Action, Adventure | TV Movie 16 May 1990
Professor Moriarty is loose in London with spies everywhere, and only Sherlock Holmes can figure out what he's up to and stop it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sherlock Holmes
... Dr. John Watson
... Prof. James Moriarty
... Sophie DeVere
... Mycroft Holmes
... Col. Gould
Terence Lodge ... Insp. Lestrade
... Jeremy Stubb
Harry Audley ... Richard Farrington
David Sibley ... Finch
John Tordoff ... Berton
Michael Tezcan ... Kasim
Daniel Newman ... Wiggins
Faith Kent ... Mrs. Hudson
... Minister


When Professor Moriarty escapes the gallows - literally in a puff of smoke - Sherlock Holmes finds himself once again in pursuit of his old nemesis. Soon after the escape, Holmes' brother Mycroft asks him to work at identifying a leak in British Intelligence. Uncharacteristically, he refuses to help until he realizes that Moriarty is behind the missing State secrets. He learns that a very seductive woman, Sophy DeVere, has been hypnotizing one of Mycroft's young assistants to steal the information. When Moriarty is unable to decode the secret message he has stolen, he kidnaps Mycroft in order to get the information. Written by garykmcd

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Can Sherlock Holmes resist the ultimate challenge?


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16 May 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes and the Prince of Crime  »

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The issue of "The Strand" arrives at Baker Street which contains Watson's account of "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb", dating the events to March 1892. Holmes' comment that it is "Appropriately accompanied with inaccurate and melodramatic illustrations" is a nice acknowledgement that neither Woodward nor Hillerman reflect the sleuths as depicted in Sidney Paget's artwork accompanying the tale. See more »


The opening hanging scene has a public hanging using the large American style knot, never ever used in Britain - Prisoners were given a black cap, instead of a white but the last public hanging in Britain was in 1868, 32 years before the movie is set. See more »


Remake of The Woman in Green (1945) See more »


The Lord is My Shepherd
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Sherlock Holmes no class
17 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

The man that played Sherlock, Edward Woodward was to old and too heavy and did not look the part of the Sherlock Holmes of the past in other movies. He also was very arrogant for a character that was usually has some class. Mycroft his brother was way to old as well.

The man that played Dr Watson-John Hillerman was good. It seemed this Sherlock kept getting fooled by Moriarty who escaped being hung with the help of his girlfriend.

It was very violent in parts. The crowd at the hangings were cheering and waiting in anticipation for a number of men to be hung. They reminded me more of ISIS terrorist which kill people on camera an celebrate. I don't believe these actors were like that even though they presented them in that way. Christians were also in the crowd and presented kind of stupid. But then again the creator of Sherlock, Arthur Conan Doyle was involved in the occult not religion. I don't know if he wrote this story though.

Check out this link. "THE ODD SPIRITUALISM OF SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE " http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/conan-doyle-spiritualism

The man that plays Moriarty is much younger than Sherlock so it does not seem like he could be Sherlock's enemy for many years. The movie is long and draggy. There are many characters and lots of running in the dark or riding in a horse drawn carriage in the dark. Holmes fight with Moriarty and others was way to long.

Anyway I did not like it.

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