Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor CC

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(26) IMDb 6.8/10
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Lord St. Simon, the most eligible bachelor in London, has just married a wealthy American woman, Henrietta Doran. But rather than a happy occasion, the young couple's wedding day turns to tragedy when an unwelcome guest arrives at the wedding breakfast, and the bride disappears completely. Even worse, Holmes is plagued with terrible nightmares that cause him to regard the plight of Lord St. Simon with contempt. The tension mounts and danger lurks as Holmes' nightmarish visions lead him to solve the case of The Eligible Bachelor.

Starring:
Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Sherlock Holmes: The Eligible Bachelor

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Horror
Director Peter Hammond
Starring Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke
Supporting actors Rosalie Williams, Geoffrey Beevers, Simon Williams, Paris Jefferson, Anna Calder-Marshall, Mary Ellis, Phillida Sewell, Elspeth March, Heather Chasen, Bob Sessions, Joanna McCallum, Myles Hoyle, Bruce Myers, Tres Hanley, Joyce Grundy, Robin Hart, Peter Graves, Peter Warnock
Studio MPI Media Group
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This is by far the worst, and that's saying something.
Chris Ward
There are two seperate supernatural subplots that are stupid and intrusive.
The Mysterious Traveler
I might watch it one more time, it was just a little dark for me.
mybabiesmother

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By kennedy19 on January 3, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I am giving this film an extra star out of respect for actors Brett and Hardwicke, and for a few of the looney, arty camera shots that are used to conjure a bizarre tone for this overlong "Sherlock Holmes" story. However, there is good bizarre and there is bad bizarre. Good bizarre, as in other Brett/Holmes films such as "Wisteria Lodge" and "The Golden Pince-Nez," use unusual cinematography to add to the story's fun rather than distract from it. Bad bizarre, such as this mess, has no fun in it to begin with, and falls back on weird, disturbing images to compensate. For many years Jeremy Brett played the great sleuth with neurotic panache in well-made, tight, amusing films that stayed very close to the Conan Doyle stories on which they were made. Unfortunately, in Brett's declining years they put this fine actor in three stinkers ("The Master Blackmailer," "The Last Vampyre," and this, the worst of the lot) that took perfectly good Doyle stories and tried to drag them out to two hour epics by padding them with a lot of extra crap by modern screenwriters, all of whom for some reason decided that late Victorian London should be shown as an extremely squalid place filled with cackling hags, drunks, weird spectacled psychotics, suicidal gays, and Holmes himself going to pieces, sobbing and simpering most unlike the Holmes we all know and love. In keeping with the style of many television films of this era, this one seems jumpy, quick-cut, and random. After several scenes that each last all of five seconds, I begin to wonder where on earth the art of storytelling has gone. This overwrought bummer of a movie is best forgotten, and those wishing to enjoy a great Sherlock Holmes mystery might best go and watch "The Sign of Four," another long, bizarre story that has all the good qualities this one lacks: humor, plot, faithfulness to Doyle, fine production, and a great sleuth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Maven on July 4, 2010
Format: VHS Tape
This is a very strange film with very little of Conan Doyle in it. I think the best way to explain it is to remind the viewer of those dreary films made of Dickens' novels, where the screenwriters left out Dickens' humor and exaggerated the squalor for visual effect. You know, those films where Victorian London is depicted as a violent and vile Bedlam, in which all aristocrats are either sadists or madmen and all guttersnipes are virtuous? Well, this film is made in this vein.

The screenwriter and director obviously want to make a social commentary on the inequalities of Victorian England and to achieve that they happily dismantle the character of Holmes and unapologetically turn a light and humorous Conan Doyle story into a species of Victorian Gothic, somewhere between steampunk and the Bronte sisters.

Holmes is depicted as a whimpering neurotic with an infantile penchant for running out of doors in his nightshirt and bare feet. To make things worse he is tormented by a recurring precognitive dream of which he can make neither head nor tail. He then develops a penchant for drawing and produces a series of Screaming Man -like sketches that upset poor old Watson. Not to be outdone, Watson spends his days locking distressed damsels into lunatic asylums and discoursing on Freud. They both seem to suffer from seasonal-affective disorder, understandable due to the fact that the London they inhabit is swathed in peasouper fogs around the clock.

When the American bride of a retentive aristocrat goes missing from her wedding breakfast Holmes is called upon to seek her. This proves to be rather difficult despite the fact that the bride speaks pure Ozark, has very white teeth and says 'goddam!' to butlers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Triesch on January 5, 2007
Format: DVD
This film has been slammed by Sherlockian purists, but I think it deserves a second look. Indeed, it REQUIRES a second look due to its obscurity and the numerous departures from the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I am a fan of David Lynch, so I am perhaps more tolerant of obscurity than the average moviegoer. That kind of tolerance is needed with this movie. In the original Doyle story, the bachelor - Lord St. Simon - is a somewhat sympathetic figure. Here, he is pure evil. And screenwriter T. R. Bowen has introduced other elements - Freudianism, nitemarish dreams, etc. - totally alien to the world of Doyle. And we also see - apart from the controversial elements in the script - a Jeremy Brett in obvious physical decline. All in all, these things combine to make a very dark and eerie movie.

Yet, I think this film has its merits. It is a MOVING film, showing the vulnerability both of Holmes and of his real-life counterpart, Jeremy Brett. There is a sadness to it, a feeling of decline, of death. Yes, you sense that Holmes is close to death. And that, in my mind, adds nobility to Holmes's efforts on behalf of Henrietta Doran, splendidly played by the beautiful Paris Jefferson. (And she is VERY beautiful, almost preternaturally so.)

So an obviously weakened Holmes, disturbed by dreams he cannot understand, an ill and irritable Holmes, gets on his feet and pursues yet another villain. And I would ask the Holmes purists - is that not what Holmes is all about? Is that not the chivalrous Holmes we love? And why can't we love him in his weakness as well as in his strength?

I admit, the film has its shortcomings. It could have been better, less obscure, and the storyline is perhaps a bit more bizarre - and unbelieveable - than it needed to be. But in the end, it is true to Holmes, true to his courage, true to his humanity. I hope that is good enough.
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