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Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992)

King Edward ask Sherlock Holmes to perform one more task before his retirement: to safeguard the Star of Africa on a trip to Cape Town. Soon the fabled jewel is stolen and several people end up being murdered.


Bill Corcoran


Gerry O'Hara (story), Bob Shayne (teleplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Sherlock Holmes
Patrick Macnee ... Dr. John Watson
Jenny Seagrove ... Lillie Langtry
Joss Ackland ... King Edward
Richard Todd ... Lord Roberts
Claude Akins ... Theodore Roosevelt
John Indi John Indi ... Khumalo
Steven Gurney Steven Gurney ... Gugliamo Marconi (as Stephen Gurney)
Sunitha Singh Sunitha Singh ... Maharani
Anthony Fridjhon Anthony Fridjhon ... Constantine Mavropolis
Claudia Udy Claudia Udy ... Amelia Roosevelt Morrison
Neil McCarthy Neil McCarthy ... Captain James Morrison / Colonel Morrison
Pat Pillai Pat Pillai ... Chandra Sen (as Pat Pillay)
Dale Cutts Dale Cutts ... Superintendent Henry Van Meer
Alan Coates Alan Coates ... Stanley I. Bullard


King Edward ask Sherlock Holmes to perform one more task before his retirement: to safeguard the Star of Africa on a trip to Cape Town. Soon the fabled jewel is stolen and several people end up being murdered.

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Release Date:

24 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes and the Incident at Victoria Falls See more »

Filming Locations:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe See more »

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Did You Know?


Actor Christopher Lee has starred in at least six Arthur Conan Doyle filmed adaptations or related filmed productions. They are: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls_, and the "The Leather Funnel" episode of Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (1973) [See: "Great Mysteries" (1973) {The Leather Funnel (#1.2)}]. See more »


Just before the safe is opened a character Saye that "as Governor-General of the Union of South Africa" he is presenting the diamond to King Edward. Edward VII died on 2 May 1910. The Union of South Africa was not formed until 31 May 1910, until that the senior colonial officer was the Governor of the Cape Colony. See more »


Inspector Lestrade: It appears that Signor Marconi and his wife are on holiday, on their way to America.
Dr. John Watson: On that brand new vessel, the Titanic, I should imagine.
Inspector Lestrade: No, no, the maiden voyage was delayed, so they had to change to another vessel.
Dr. John Watson: Rotten luck.
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No mention of Arthur Conan Doyle. The curious incident of the dog at night. See more »


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The case of the Star of Africa

Am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and get a lot of enjoyment out of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. Also love Basil Rathbone's and especially Jeremy Brett's interpretations to death. So would naturally see any Sherlock Holmes adaptation that comes my way, regardless of its reception.

Furthermore, interest in seeing early films based on Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and wanting to see as many adaptations of any Sherlock Holmes stories as possible sparked my interest in seeing 'Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls', especially with such an interesting idea for a story.

There are better Sherlock Holmes-related films/adaptations certainly than 'Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls', the best of the Jeremy Brett adaptations and films of Basil Rathone fit under this category. It's not one of the worst either, it is better than all the Matt Frewer films (particularly 'The Sign of Four') and also much better than the abominable Peter Cook 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.

'Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls' is not terrible certainly. The always dependable, even legendary, Christopher Lee, is excellent as Holmes, regardless of any reservations about him being too old. Patrick MacNee is both bumbling and loyal, without being too much of a buffoon or an idiot. The chemistry between them really lifts the proceedings, lots of fun and charm in it. The rest of the cast are fine, Claude Akins in particular enjoys himself as Roosevelt (yes you saw it).

Parts of the mystery are intriguing and there are a few exciting set pieces. Some of the dialogue is fun and thought-provoking. It is very nicely filmed with evocative and handsome production design.

However, 'Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls' does suffer from a very stodgy pace, highly indicative of the story struggling to sustain the long length of the adaptation (judging by the execution of the story it felt too long and too padded) and a far too over complicated story. The ending is one of the most convoluted and head-scratching for any Sherlock Holmes adaptation.

Too much of it feels like it goes nowhere, with some overlong scenes or shots, and too aimless, and too many elements came over as underdeveloped and vague. The music sounds like it was scored and like it belonged somewhere else altogether, it was so out of kilter with everything else. The direction is pedestrian and too many of the characters add nothing, serving more of an excuse to play fast and loose with history.

In summary, worth a one time watch but underwhelming. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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