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Sherlock Holmes hunts his deadliest adversary – the madman known as Jack the Ripper! When Scotland Yard is unable to stop the gruesome rampage of Jack the Ripper, a citizens' committee asks Sherlock Holmes (Christopher Plummer) and his trusted associate Dr. Watson (James Mason) to investigate. Now the brilliant pair must follow a terrifying trail of clues that includes a frightened psychic (Donald Sutherland), a suspicious inspector (David Hemmings), an institutionalized woman (Genevieve Bujold) and the Prime Minister of England (Sir John Gielgud). But even if Holmes' remarkable powers of deduction can unmask the maniacal fiend, can he and Watson face the most shocking secret of all? Find out in this masterful suspense thriller directed by Bob Clark (A CHRISTMAS STORY) that both fans and critics have called the most exciting and original Sherlock Holmes movie ever made.
Murder by Decree has the distinction of being not only one of the best Sherlock Holmes films, but one of the best pastiches (i.e., a Holmes fiction created by someone other than author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) featuring the late-Victorian Era detective. Christopher Plummer is very good as Holmes, and James Mason redeems the many mishandled screen portrayals of Dr. John Watson with a rare, insightful performance. The story may not be unique in post-Doyle Holmes adventures--the private investigator pursues Jack the Ripper during the latter's reign of monstrous murders in foggy London--but the script by John Hopkins (Thunderball) is keenly intelligent, developing concentric circles of power and evil with great subtlety. Before losing himself in Porky's, director Bob Clark did a masterful job of surprising audiences with Murder by Decree, convincing viewers they were watching one kind of drama but then unleashing something very different, very unsettling. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Remember this film when it first came out. Watch it every year or soPublished 4 months ago by airbears
One of the - if not THE - best retellings of the MASONIC Jack the Ripper murders. All the murders were done to Masonic specifications. Read morePublished 13 months ago by D
A great classic with great actors. The plot is intricate keeps you guessing throughout the whole movie. A must have for Sherlock Holmes fansPublished 19 months ago by Jamie
I had seen this movie probably when it first came out and certain scenes had stuck in my mind. My memory had not played false and they were just as memorable and some were just as... Read morePublished 20 months ago by LindaCharlton
Christopher Plummer gives a lot of value to the movie. The story is just like any other murder stories. While quite entertaining, there are parts that leave much to be desired.Published 20 months ago by JimmyC
Purchased this DVD and it is without a doubt one of the very best Jack The Ripper movies I have seen...Is a great DVD at a great price and I got quick and prompt delivery... Read morePublished 24 months ago by L. Woodcock