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The Royal Scandal (2001)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes - the world's greatest detective - faces a most alluring adversary... Legendary opera star Irene Adler is threatening to destroy the King of ... See full summary »

Director:

Rodney Gibbons

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (short story "A Scandal in Bohemia" from volume "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"), Joe Wiesenfeld
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Frewer ... Sherlock Holmes
Kenneth Welsh ... Dr. John H. Watson
Liliana Komorowska ... Irene Adler
Daniel Brochu Daniel Brochu ... Wiggins
Seann Gallagher ... Meisener
R.H. Thomson ... Mycroft Holmes
Robin Wilcock Robin Wilcock ... Crown Prince
Alain Goulem ... PC Trevor
Jacob Richmond Jacob Richmond ... Cadogan West
Kathleen McAuliffe Kathleen McAuliffe ... Mrs. Hudson
Alan Legros Alan Legros ... Burly #1
Kevin Ryder Kevin Ryder ... Burly #2
Julian Casey ... Inspector Lestrade
Noel Burton ... Professor Morgan
David Francis David Francis ... Jenkins
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes - the world's greatest detective - faces a most alluring adversary... Legendary opera star Irene Adler is threatening to destroy the King of Bohemia's reputation with proof of their illicit affair. The evidence? A photograph. Her ransom? The king's hand in marriage. But not only does investigating detective Sherlock Holmes already know Irene from the past, he also knows that the queen of manipulation would never resort to such a common crime. After uncovering her true ambitions, Holmes draws the cunning songstress into a well-matched game of cat and mouse. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Temptation May Be His Greatest Adversary

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Mystery | Thriller

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scandal in Bohemia See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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Last screen appearance of Harry Hill. See more »

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Followed by The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire (2002) See more »

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Scandalous temptation
20 April 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

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.

The third film in the generally negatively received (though not unwatchable) four films starring Matt Frewer, 'The Royal Scandal' fares better than 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and 'The Sign of Four'. It at least doesn't have the dubious distinction of butchering classic stories, 'The Sign of Four' was particularly disappointing. There are far better Sherlock Holmes adaptations though, even the worst Jeremy Brett adaptations are superior than any of Frewer's films. Not terrible, but should have been much better.

Again, Kenneth Welsh is the best thing about 'The Royal Scandal' and the only good actor in the film. He is an excellent Watson and more the faithful interpretation of a loyal and intelligent Watson and not the bumbling buffoon for comic relief purposes.

Found some of the locations suitably atmospheric, if perhaps not authentic, and the adaptation shot competently enough.

However, my negative feelings on Frewer's Holmes remains unchanged. He is far too manic and eccentric, with too much of an over-emphasis on hammy humour in places, and his rapport with Watson too abrasive and borderline bullying. The supporting cast range from bland (Irene Adler) to pantomimic (the villains, which are basically barely developed caricatures).

Moreover, 'The Royal Scandal' has a lack of tension and suspense and is pretty dull. It further suffers from being somewhat over-stuffed, too many various and different ideas cobbled together and it just feels muddled and disjointed. The costumes are not particularly appealing to look at and some of the dialogue, apart from some thought-provoking moments, is ham-fisted. Having too much emphasis on Holmes taking on the case on a more personal level didn't feel right either.

Overall, lacklustre while not being unwatchable. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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