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Murder by Decree (1979)

Christopher Plummer , James Mason , Bob Clark  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, Susan Clark, Anthony Quayle
  • Directors: Bob Clark
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Elwyn Jones, John Hopkins, John Lloyd
  • Producers: Bob Clark, Len Herberman, René Dupont
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007AJED
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murder by Decree" on IMDb

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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

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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holmes and Watson; Plummer and Mason: An Excellent Film September 17, 2004
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In my view this is one of the best Sherlock Holmes movies yet made, with a strong, literate story, an outstanding cast and great atmosphere. London prostitutes have been gruesomely slaughtered by Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes enters the case. The street women are scared to death but seem to be protecting someone. One, Mary Kelly, wants to help. Another, Annie Crook, has gone missing. The more Holmes probes and searches, the more it appears that some in high places are interfering with his investigation. Annie Crook is found and the secret discovered, but not before more lives are wasted and a secret which could shake the throne is uncovered. Justice more or less triumphs, but for Holmes and Watson it is a sad, bittersweet victory.

The movie features, in my opinion, outstanding interpretations of Holmes and Watson. Christopher Plummer gives Holmes not only brilliance but also humanity. He responds deeply to the terrible injustice he finds behind the Ripper killings. Mason plays Watson as an equal partner, with humor, wisdom and courage, and with none of the blundering and bluster that Nigel Bruce imprinted on the character. The cast features Genevieve Bujold as Annie Crook and Susan Clark (great in Night Moves) as Mary Kelly. David Hemmings, Anthony Quayle, John Gielgud, Frank Finlay and Donald Sutherland give a lot of depth to the movie.

As by way of a modest spoiler, the people who made From Hell by rights should have given a modest credit line to director Clark and writer John Hopkins. One other fascinating point concerns Clark. For some reason, this appears to be by far the best movie he ever made. Clark, shortly after Murder by Decree, gave us one of the broadest and corniest movies around, Porky's, and seems to have stayed more or less at the Porky's level ever since.

If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes along with first-rate acting, I think you'll like this film. The DVD transfer is very good.
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best movies ever made! December 31, 2002
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I love Sherlock Holmes movies in their many incarnations, especially Robert Stephens version in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (PLEASE RELEASE ON DVD in Billy Wilder's original LONG FORM PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!).
However, I must think Christopher Plummer is the best Sherlock ever. He brings so many textures and depth to his Sherlock, for once, making him a living, breathing man. In Private Life...Robert Stephens gives you a brilliant, heart-wrenching performance - at the point he realises he was been betrayed, and with no words he conveys SO MUCH it nearly tears you apart. Plummer gives you a similar heart-shredder, as he find Annie Crook in Bedlam, tortured, no longer sane, having retreated from the horrors around her and inflicted upon her, and in the following scene on the train ride back to London. In a masterpiece of blocking, you don't even see Holmes, you just his reflection in the train window while he talks about Annie. Compelling, heartbreaking, utterly BRILLIANT, demonstrating Plummer is one of the BEST actors ever to grace the screen.
The story line of Sherlock Holmes meeting Jack the Ripper was first explored by Ellery Queen novel. In it, Holmes identified the wrong person as the Ripper, hence the one Holmes story never published. It is brought to Queen and he must solved the 100 year old case. In Study in Scarlet, with John Neville as Holmes (another superior version, but cannot compare to Decree) the Ellery Queen beginning and end was dropped and the middle part of Holmes chasing Jack was turned into the movie in the 1960s. Neville is a marvellous actor, but pales by comparison to the virtuoso performance of Plummer. This version of the Ripper vs Holmes, follows the Stephen Knight book exposing the Annie Crook connection.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Holmes movie ever made January 25, 2003
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The New York Daily Post referred to this movie as the "greatest Sherlock Holmes movie ever made" and who am I to disagree with their esteemed reviewer. Well, I write reviews for a large metropolitcan newspaper also, but I have to say I can find no qualms with their opinion.
I grew up watching the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies on quiet Saturday mornings on BBC2 in my native Scotland, so I am probably always going to enjoy sitting down to a couple of hours with my longtime detective friend and his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson. Although for me Rathbone will always be the definitive Sherlock Holmes (never really cared for Jeremy Brett)I have to admit to finding Christopher Plummer as an entertaining, if somewhat unusual, Holmes in this late 1970s movie.
Based not on one of the Conan Doyle books but on a notion that the Baker Street detective investigated the Jack the Ripper murders (much like in the lesser production "Study in Terror" a decade earlier) this sceenplay moves along at a fair speed and examines the actual evidence collected at the time to weave together a theory not unlike that of the more recent Johnny Depp movie "From Hell."
What really makes this movie stand out is the quite incredible cast that Clark (yes, incredibly the same guy behind "Porky's") put together in this Canadian production. Alongside Plummer is none other than James Mason as Watson. We also have Anthony Quayle, John Gielgud, Donald Sutherland, Susan Clark, Frank Finley and Genevieve Bujold. Put these actors in a handsomly presented production design (quite incredible actually) and combine it with the intriguing and fast paced script and you have what (I would have to concur with the Post is the best Holmes movie ever put to film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good. Engaging portrayal of Sherlock Holmes by Christopher Plummer. Excellent Cast.
Published 19 hours ago by Tim Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Masonic Movie !
Published 1 day ago by Bruce Lyles
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Holmes(Not Doyle) movie
Very good Holmes(Not Doyle) movie.James Mason as Watson and the pea(good scene).Great cast.I still think Jack the Ripper was Prince Eddie. Read more
Published 2 days ago by albert w minnick
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it but not Oscar material
With the superb actors in itis enough reason to watch it.
I really liked it but not Oscar material,in my opinion.Plummer and Mason gave me a different of Holmes and Watson.
Published 5 days ago by Patricia Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film and the packaging protected the product perfectly
A Missing movie from my collection of mysteries. Excellent film and the packaging protected the product perfectly. Thank you!
Published 11 days ago by gnowbmas
4.0 out of 5 stars Well made, but don't plan on a happy ending
A well made movie, we see the combination of Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes. It's a strong mystery with Holmes following to the ultimate end. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jetpack
1.0 out of 5 stars Murder No Can See!
Your instant movie service simply does not work. It is a frustrating mess. I think this is the 3rd time I have tried it and it will not play.
Published 15 days ago by Gary Kirby
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cast. Interesting story
Great cast. Interesting story. Bogs down in the middle but starts to pick up pace.
The atmosphere of the the time is well done too
Published 19 days ago by Jason Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Old Movie!
We always enjoy a good mystery. We were not disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Ivy M
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film, great price and great
A great film , great price and great service
Published 1 month ago by Gary Gruber
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We want 'Murder by Decree' on Blu-ray!
Murder by Decree was one of the best Holmes films out their I mean come Holmes Vs Ripper Fight of the decade! It demands Blu-ray!
Sep 1, 2013 by Atabyss |  See all 3 posts
English Subtitles or Closed Caption?
I have the copy made by Anchor Bay in 2003, it's captioned.
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