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Sherlock Holmes (Ian Richardson) faces a supernatural mystery when a distinguished but absent-minded doctor (Denholm Elliott) hires the legendary detective to investigate the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville. The doctor recounts the legend of Baskerville Hall, cursed for 350 years since Hugo Baskerville traded his soul to the devil. All Hugo's ancestors have met with unexplained deaths on the hall's moor. With Charles's heir, Sir Henry, due to arrive from America, Holmes sends Dr. Watson (Donald Churchill) to Baskerville to watch for danger. "The game's afoot," Holmes declares, as he sets upon the trail of the Baskerville killer in the sleuth's most heralded and baffling case.
Of all the Sherlock Holmes tales written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles (one of the four novels) remains the best-known. Adding a dash of the supernatural to the Great Detective's adventures, it is certainly one of the most dramatic--and an obvious target for screen interpretation. Prior to Jeremy Brett's indelibly making the role his own to modern TV audiences, Ian Richardson made for a suitably incisive and enthusiastic Holmes in this enjoyable 1983 adaptation. The much-filmed tale finds Holmes and Watson drawn in to the mysterious curse afflicting the well-heeled Baskerville dynasty. Is a monster stalking the heir to the Baskerville fortune, or is the culprit a far from demonic force? As Holmes, Richardson is blessed with the avian features that, like Basil Rathbone's or Peter Cushing's, effectively capture Sidney Paget's original likeness. Though Holmes's more antisocial facets are dispensed with, Richardson is engaging in such a well-explored role, recalling the razor-sharp wit and intelligence of Rathbone. Attracting a distinguished British cast (Brian Blessed, Denholm Elliot, Martin Shaw) and decent production values (though with a few Hammer Horror moments), this will not disappoint fans of Victorian literature's finest detective, nor those in search of a classic, chilling thriller. --Danny Graydon
Of the many versions of this best Sherlock Holmes, this is THE only one that seems to agree that Baskerville is American. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Genna Angyles
What's not to like? It's Holmes done by a great actor in a long-time favorite Conan Doyle story as it was meant to be. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pessimist
One of the better "Hound.." presentations. Richardson is great in his role as Homes. The 'tone' of this version is more "mystery" and less "demon hound"... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard A. Howard
A must if you love Sherlock Holmes. This is another twist on the story with a 1970's feel. I liked it. A very young Ian Richardson! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sherry
This movie follows the book very close. After reading the book in my class, my students watched the movie and enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Mrs. P.
Richardson is the consummate Holmes! Just as cerebral but less irritating than Rathbone, and this Watson isn't quite the bumbling idiot of Nigel Bruce's characterization. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John L. Olsen
It's definitely not as good as the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce film, but it wasn't bad. It was mostly fun to see Martin Shaw so young, and dressed as an American cowboy -- even... Read morePublished 10 months ago by NavyGirl