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Murder by Decree (1979)

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Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (characters), John Hopkins (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Sherlock Holmes
James Mason ... Dr. John H. Watson
David Hemmings ... Inspector Foxborough
Susan Clark ... Mary Kelly
Anthony Quayle ... Sir Charles Warren
John Gielgud ... Prime Minister Lord Salisbury
Frank Finlay ... Inspector Lestrade
Donald Sutherland ... Robert Lees
Geneviève Bujold ... Annie Crook
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Doctor Hardy
Tedde Moore Tedde Moore ... Mrs. Lees (as Teddi Moore)
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... William Slade
Roy Lansford Roy Lansford ... Sir Thomas Spivey
Catherine Kessler Catherine Kessler ... Carrie
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Makins
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Storyline

Sherlock Holmes investigates London's most infamous case, Jack the Ripper. As he investigates, he finds that the Ripper has friends in high places. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Can the genius of Sherlock Holmes stop the terror of Jack the Ripper? See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Christopher Plummer played Sherlock Holmes in The Sunday Drama: Silver Blaze (1977). See more »

Goofs

The second time Holmes visits the medium, Robert Lees, Lees recounts his vision and we see a bridge over the river. The shot pans in to a group of men searching the scene and there is a single yellow line around the corner of the road. Yellow lines (indicating parking restrictions) were introduced in the UK in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: [to Lestrade] When people are frightened, they turn to God, and when they have no help from him, they look to the Devil.
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Version of From Hell (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

A Wand'rin Minstrel
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Arranged by Keith Papworth
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Excellent Holmes Mystery!
28 September 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

If you love the legendary London sleuth, dark, mysterious Victorian streets, an ample collection of plot twists, and good, solid acting, then this film is for you. It has a fine story about the meeting of the greatest detective Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and the mysterious Jack the Ripper in some of the best Victorian street settings filmed. Christopher Plummer is excellent as Holmes, giving him characteristics rarely seen in film such as humour and compassion. His Holmes is easily the most humane ever on screen, even at one point wiping tears from his face. James Mason makes a wonderful and amusing Dr. Watson. The rest of the cast is just as good and the story, although not very plausible, is nonetheless very intriguing and suspenseful.


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