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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than it looks, 9 April 2003
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This review is from: Murder By Decree [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
I can imagine that ‘Murder By Decree’ looks a bit ropey on paper. A Sherlock Holmes flick about the Whitechapel murders? But it does work. The plot mixes fiction with fact well, Holmes being brought in to investigate the handiwork of Jack the Ripper by a bunch of locals, concerned about the damage that the crimes may do to local businesses as well as public safety. Holmes and Watson are drawn into a world of political intrigue, clairvoyance, prostitution, anti-Semitism and secret societies in their search for the Ripper in an excellent, twisting plot.
There are some really good performances here; Christopher Plummer and James Mason are in top form as Holmes and Watson, Anthony Quayle snarls through his role as Charles Warren and David Hemmings is good too as Foxburgh but it’s the cameos that really grabbed my attention. John Gielgud is great as the Prime Minister and Donald Sutherland is brilliantly creepy as the medium, Robert Lees. But the scene-stealer is Genevieve Bujold in her brief, moving performance as Annie Crook that makes for the best scene in the whole film. Only niggles are some over-the-top Cockney accents by some of the supporting cast and extras and one or two poor sets. On the whole though, this is a really good view: a thriller that takes one of the most famous crimes in history and adds a touch of dash with the most famous fictional detective in history. Thoroughly recommended.
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Film Lover says:
I was going to write a review on this film..but you have said everything i was going to say almost word for word...maybe great minds think alike??
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