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The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate after an heir claims his estate is plagued by a ghostly dog.

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David Attwood

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Allan Cubitt (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Roxburgh ... Sherlock Holmes
Ian Hart ... Dr. John Watson
Richard E. Grant ... Jack Stapleton
Matt Day ... Sir Henry Baskerville
John Nettles ... Dr. James Mortimer
Geraldine James ... Mrs. Mortimer
Neve McIntosh ... Beryl Stapleton
Ron Cook ... Barrymore
Liza Tarbuck ... Mrs. Barrymore
Paul Kynman ... Selden the Convict
Danny Webb ... Inspector Lestrade
Richard Hawley Richard Hawley ... Clayton
Jim Norton ... Coroner
David McNeill David McNeill ... Hotel Porter
Caspar Zafer ... Warder 1
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate after an heir claims his estate is plagued by a ghostly dog.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Cumbria, England, UK See more »

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Ian Hart reprised his role as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004). He also played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Finding Neverland (2004). See more »

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A long-shot of the train supposedly traveling westwards from Paddington Station (West Central London) to Dartmoor (Devon) affords a clear view of St Paul's in the background. St Paul's is in the City of London, and is several miles eastwards of Paddington. See more »

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Dr. John Watson: [throws his coat to pull Holmes out of a quicksand on the moor] Now to put my tailor to the test.
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Less 'Poirot', more 'Prime Suspect'
18 May 2004 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Not being familiar with Arthur Conan Doyle's books (or any other adaptations of them), I was expecting 'Hound of the Baskervilles' to be a typical Agatha Christie-style mystery. But the characters are less ridiculous than in something like 'Poirot' and Holmes' detection is really quite conventional, he gathers evidence and tracks down his man in a logical, thorough manner: the crime is also quite believable. Holmes and Watson are both men of action as well as thought: Holmes is arrogant and would even risk letting a man die to prove his theories, while Watson is decent, far from a fool, but annoyed to be patronised by his master. Regardless of whether this is true to the book, it sounds like the basis for an interesting period police procedural.

Unfortunately the whole thing falls a bit flat: although it may be filmed as a thriller, there's a curious lack of tension throughout: no-one acts as if they are really scared or shocked at any point. Even Richard E. Grant is for once (by his standards) relatively understated: there's no terror to carry the film. And there's something curiously uncinematic about the way Holmes solves this crime. He seems to know who the villain is simply by having done some prior research - very rarely do his deductions actually follow from his observations, rather his conclusions are just periodically thrown at us as fact. What also doesn't help is the strange mixture of natural outdoor, studio, and computer-generated settings: the aim is presumably to increase the impact, but it has the opposite effect, as one struggles to believe in the composite geography.

In conclusion, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' deserves some credit for rising above pantomime: but it's badly directed and dreadfully dull. A shame.


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