In Victorian-era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders of Jack the Ripper.

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Albert Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers), Allen Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers)

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Alan Moore (graphic novel), Eddie Campbell (graphic novel) | 2 more credits »
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Johnny Depp ... Inspector Frederick Abberline
Heather Graham ... Mary Kelly
Ian Holm ... Sir William Gull
Robbie Coltrane ... Sergeant Peter Godley
Ian Richardson ... Sir Charles Warren
Jason Flemyng ... Netley, the Coachman
Katrin Cartlidge ... Dark Annie Chapman
Terence Harvey ... Benjamin 'Ben' Kidney
Susan Lynch ... Liz Stride
Paul Rhys ... Dr. Ferral
Lesley Sharp ... Kate Eddowes
Estelle Skornik Estelle Skornik ... Ada
Nicholas McGaughey Nicholas McGaughey ... Officer Bolt
Annabelle Apsion ... Polly Nichols
Joanna Page ... Ann Crook
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It is 1888 in London, and the unfortunate poor lead horrifying lives in the city's deadliest slum, Whitechapel. Harassed by gangs and forced to walk the streets for a living, Mary Kelly and her small group of companions trudge on through this daily misery, their only consolation being that things can't get any worse. Yet things somehow do when their friend Ann is kidnapped and they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine. The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Polly, and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one. Sinister even by Whitechapel standards, the murder grabs the attention of Inspector Fred Abberline, a brilliant yet troubled man whose police work is often aided by his psychic abilities. Abberline becomes deeply involved with the case, which takes on personal meaning to him when he and Mary begin to fall in love. But as he gets closer to the truth, Whitechapel becomes more and ...

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Rated R for strong violence/gore, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Sir Ian Holm and Ian Richardson appeared in Brazil (1985). See more »

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) The absinthe fire ritual is only usual since the late 1990s, from a Prague bar. In 1888 no one would have prepared absinthe with setting it on fire. See more »

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Sir William Gull: I think you mean to draw a Lister knife.
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Three endings were filmed: one where Abberline dies of a drug overdose in London, one where he travels to the Far East and dies of an overdose in an Opium Den and one where he sneaks off to be with Mary. See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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The Nobodies (Wormwood Remix)
Written by Marilyn Manson and John 5 (as John Lowery)
Performed by Marilyn Manson
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Darkly stylish--not based on reality.
17 May 2004 | by keenan-1See all my reviews

The best thing about an enduring mystery is that people can feel free to take all sorts of liberties with the facts and create interesting "what if" scenarios. FROM HELL is a perfect example. For the record, the theory behind the killings is pretty much right out of JACK THE RIPPER: THE FINAL SOLUTION by Stephen Knight, and it's been pretty well discredited since it first came out twenty years ago, even though it makes a hell of an entertaining piece of fiction.

I completely discount any criticisms of the movie where people say "it didn't happen that way". Of course it didn't; that's why this is a fictional film and not a documentary. It's very loosely based on the Alan Moore graphic novel, and about all it retains of it is the Duke of Clarence theory and the stylish look of the architecture. It's enough to make the film beautiful to watch.

Yes, I know that four of the five victims of Jack the Ripper were women in their late 40's, which on the streets of Victorian London would mean that they would resemble crones in their late 60's or early 70's. Just try to make that fly past a Hollywood studio boss; the casting at least had women who looked fairly human rather than like fallen glamour girls. I've read a couple of comments disparaging the accents. Actually, Cockney accents were the norm in the street because people tried to blend in and often weren't eager to advertise Scottish or Irish origins.

I call special attention to the performance of Jason Flemyng in the role of Netley, the coachman, arguably the most fascinating and believable character in the whole production. Most of his best scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, unfortunately, and yet he still manages to pull the movie together into a cohesive whole just by his presence. (It must have been a heck of a fun role to play!) As well, Sir Ian Holm deserves special mention for stepping in when the original choice for his role, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, tragically became ill and died just before the film went into production. I have never seen Sir Ian in any role that I didn't find completely believable, and that ranges all the way from KING LEAR to his role in ALIEN, for heaven's sake.

My interest in the whole Jack the Ripper case has been reawakened thanks to this movie, and I'm trying to hunt down a copy of Alan Moore's graphic novel (which is very difficult to find). No, it's not even close to an approximation of what really happened; nobody will ever know the truth, Patricia Cornwell's arrogant claims notwithstanding. It's still worth renting, if only for the beautifully ominous score and the fascinating transformation of Prague into Victorian London. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Release Date:

19 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,014,818, 21 October 2001

Gross USA:

$31,602,566

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,558,115
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