Jack the Ripper (Special Edition) [DVD]
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Victorian London and the streets of Whitechapel are stalked by the legendary Jack the Ripper, whose vicious attacks on East End prostitutes have become the stuff of legend. However, in this film the emphasis is not so much on the legend, as on the society's efforts to deal with the killer in its midst. Focusing on the involvement of the Queen, the Prime Minister and Scotland Yard detective Frederick Abberline (played here by Michael Caine), it descibes what really happened in one of the most famous manhunts of recent times.
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Jack The Ripper is produced out of Euston Films and is directed by David Wickes who also co-wrote it with Derek Marlowe. Released to coincide with the 100 years anniversary of the murders, it stars Michael Caine (Frederick Abberline), Armand Assante (Richard Mansfield), Ray McAnally (Sir William Gull), Lewis Collins (Sgt. George Godley), Ken Bones (Robert James Lees), Susan George (Catherine 'Kate' Eddowes) & Jane Seymour (Emma Prentiss).
Originally released as a TV mini-series in the United Kingdom, Jack The Ripper has long since been available to view as a three hour ten minute movie. Every second of which is worth sitting thru. For his story Wickes uses actual historical characters that were involved in the 1888 hunt for the notorious killer. Drawing heavily from the Masonic/Royal Family conspiracy theory that has been used before in tellings of the story (notably the film Murder By Decree born out of Thomas E. A. Stowell's theory), Wickes boldly proclaimed to be revealing the true identity of the Ripper. Something that unsurprisingly he was forced to recant, but regardless of that, this is a glorious telling, meticulous in detail and providing much food for thought.
In amongst the grizzly murders and the fraught search for the killer by the exasperated police, Wickes' movie fully forms the other issues to hand.Read more ›
Michael Caine and Lewis Collins depict the characters of Abberline and Godley exactly as I picture them after reading Ripper history. While some aspects of the film are historically inaccurate, this movie is mind-gripping! This is not a movie that you can view once only! Fabulous performances by Armand Assante and Jane Seymore only add to this wonderful achievement of director David Wickes.
DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE!
The story-line is convincing. The final deduction - true ? - Maybe, maybe not, but very possible.
The acting is absolutely superb, particularly Michael Caine and Lewis Collins.
Often if you watch or read something about Jack The Ripper, either it is totally unrealistic or a lot of the important facts are wrong. Not this time.
Not only is the film accurate, it is also very entertaining.
It's been fifteen years since I first saw this film and I never tire of watching it again and again and again.
Absolutely superb !!!!!!
If you haven't seen it, buy it now and you won't regret it...
One thing is missing though, no subtitles are available.
This rather interesting drama details the crimes, the police hunt of the time and the effect that it had on the nation, from the highest in the land to the common folk. It follows the story from the point of view of Fred Abberline, the Scotland Yard detective leading the hunt for the killer. Michael Caine takes the lead role and puts in one of his better performances of the time, giving us a believable character and showing the man behind the legend very nicely. He ably assisted by Lewis Collins as his tough yet intelligent and sympathetic sidekick. There are a whole host of great British character actors, such as Harry Andrews, George Sweeney, T.P. McKenna, David Swift and Hugh Fraser, who help to bring the myriad of different characters to memorable life.
Using all the available Scotland Yard files, the script reconstructs the crimes and the hunt, then goes off into the realms of speculation as it unveils a possible killer. But this is no dry documentary, it is a great drama that looks at the way the crimes shook society, used by social agitators to stir up revolution, and shaking the establishment, from the Government to the Royal family, to the core. It looks at the effect that the thought of a killer stalking the streets had on society, with people afraid to go out in the streets, to lynch mobs out to get anyone they thought looked slightly suspicious. It shows how fragile Victorian London society really was, and exposes a lot of the hypocrisies in the attitudes of the overclass to the commoners.Read more ›
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This is another of the films I categorise as "can in lager in one hand and brain in neutral film "Great fun but not to be taken too seriously. Read morePublished 20 days ago by small and covered in hair
The most true to history jack the ripper film made even the fictional parts are well done.
Can't think of one bas preformance
Excellent TV series first watched it on it back in the 80s and absolutely loved it shame they don't make TV like this anymorePublished 2 months ago by diljit singh