Crucifer of Blood 2010 NR

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Academy Award-winner Charlton Heston delivers a strong performance as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, in another deliciously complex murder-mystery.

Starring:
Charlton Heston, Richard Johnson
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

Crucifer of Blood

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Genres Drama, Mystery
Director Fraser Clarke Heston
Starring Charlton Heston, Richard Johnson
Supporting actors Susannah Harker, Edward Fox, John Castle, Simon Callow, Clive Wood, James Coyle, Kaleem Janjua, Stefan Kalipha, Lloyd McGuire, Kiran Shah, Sidney Livingstone, Roly Lamas
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Outstanding acting, directing and good plot mage this a great movie.
john stephen wolff, jr.
I especially enjoyed the portrayals of Shelock Holmes and Dr. John Watson by Actors Heston and Johnson respectively.
Willaim A. Mileo
As it is, I spent more time thinking this or that is wrong rather than trying to enjoy the movie.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Willaim A. Mileo on September 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
As an avid reader of the stories of Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this movie exceeded my expectations. The screenplay, although somewhat modified from the original novel, was a fine adaptation to the TV film medium. The characters were both real and well acted by this international cast. I especially enjoyed the portrayals of Shelock Holmes and Dr. John Watson by Actors Heston and Johnson respectively. This movie is a must see for all fans of Sherlock Holmes.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on May 2, 2010
Format: DVD
Being a Sherlock Holmes fan, I saw "The Crucifer of Blood" when it opened on Broadway during the 1980s. I remember thinking that it was enjoyable although nothing great. I later read that Charlton Heston was starring in the play in Los Angeles and thought how much I would have liked to see him play Holmes. Well I got my chance when this made-for-tv version was produced for TNT. This film was produced, written and directed by Heston's son Fraser. I remember thinking it was okay when I originally saw it on tv and my opinion hasn't changed after seeing it on dvd last night.
The plot is basically a rerun of Conan Doyle's "The Sign of the Four." Even though it was filmed in London and has some decent sets and large amounts of fog rolled in, this is obviously not a big budget production. Heston is basically miscast as Holmes. However he was such a fine actor and a great American that I really didn't mind. Richard Johnson is terrible as Watson, back to portraying the good doctor as a pathetic buffoon, falling madly in love with and making goo-goo eyes at a young woman half his age, after knowing her for about an hour. (It was so wonderful not to see Watson portrayed as a fool in the Grenada Sherlock Holmes films with Jeremy Brett, the greatest Sherlock Holmes ever.) The actor who portrays Inspector Lestrade portrays him as a low-grade moron. (Holmes even refers to him as "comic relief.")Edward Fox and John Fraser overact outrageously as the two main victims of the curse. The one true bright spot is an actress named Susannah Harker as the femme-fatale of the plot (and Watson's budding love interest.) She is very good (and looks quite fetching at the conclusion.) I'm not sure if I have seen her in anything other than this.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Kathleen A. Pond on October 12, 2009
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It took us a long time to get this film region free so we were very happy with this company and the fact that most of there films are region free. Charlton Heston makes a fine Sherlock Homes,although the normal americanisations of sherlock stand out in abundance, for instance the deerstalker hat, the mearsham pipe. If only they had stuck to the story and had not gone of in a different direction this film would have rated 5 stars instead of 3,but did we enjoy it? you bet we did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Brownell on August 27, 2010
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I may not be unbiased enough to give a fair review of this product. I am a lover of all things "Sherlockian" so that each and every new story or DVD I come to I will add it to my collection. Now there is a little bit of a stretch of the imagination to see Charlton Heston as Sherlock Holmes since Heston was a pretty large and sturdy man and Holmes was described as "over 6 feet tall and slender. BUT I like Heston too. So, I say buy it and enjoy it. It's worth the cost for a couple of hours entertainment on a rainy day or a cold wintery evening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hall on June 19, 2012
Format: DVD
Given that an over-age American actor was playing Holmes and the plot was obviously some variation on the "Sign of Four" (which seems to have been done a lot) I was expecting the worst. But it's not all bad.

First the bad: Heston is too old, Richard Johnson (as Watson) is too old, Susannah Harker is too young and cannot act, the romance between 64-yr old Johnson and 26-yr old Harker seems more like pedophilia, and the script is a pastiche of catchphrases from the books.

But there's good news here too. Heston actually does a credible job of it (and I feel I'm pretty picky), Susannah has a good scene at the end, and the plot has a a couple of fresh twists that liven things up a bit. In fact, the final climactic scene *almost* makes some of the previous nonsense fit together.

So give it a try. Just keep your expectations low and keep watching until the end.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Stone on November 26, 2009
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This is a disappointing effort, given that it was made by the same production company - and around the same time - as the masterful 1990 "Treasure Island," which is just about the most perfect rendition of that classic story imaginable. Unfortunately, Sherlock Holmes was simply not the right role for an aging Charlton Heston. (Though if you think he couldn't pull off Long John Silver, you would be wrong.) Here, he's simply too ponderous, too American and too lacking in Holmes' mercurial temperament. It might possibly have worked if he'd played Holmes in retirement, but this is set in the heyday of Holmes' career. Nor does Heston's portrayal mesh with the flagrant melodrama of much of the story, though Richard Johnson does a solid Watson and there is support from a good to excellent team of classically trained actors. At the excellent end, I'd put Clive Wood as Jonathan Small (at least in the prologue, as later he is so covered in grotesque make-up and his voice so distorted as to be unrecognizable). The prologue, set during the Indian mutiny and also featuring John Castle and Edward Fox as the most obnoxious of British officers, is worth a repeat viewing for Wood's nuanced portrayal of a sturdy private who tries to do his duty and is keen on protecting his men (despised natives though they may be) but is caught up in the spiral of death and greed. His "Sir, ye must not abuse my men..." is really a wonderful moment.
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