The Hound of the Baskervilles
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"But without the imagination, Watson, there would be no horror." - Sherlock Holmes
Acclaimed actor Ian Richardson dons the deerstalker hat in this lively interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth. Nothing will stop the relentless and always elegant detective in his search for the truth about a legendary beast out for blood. The Lord of the Baskervilles is dead, seemingly killed by the slavering jaws of a supernatural monster of the moors. Arriving in the fog-drenched English countryside, Holmes and Watson battle hatred and treachery to unravel the eerie mystery of an ancient curse that aims to destroy the last Baskerville heir. Also stars Donald Churchill, Denholm Elliott, Martin Shaw, Glynis Barber, Brian Blessed, Eleanor Bron, Edward Judd, Connie Booth and David Langton.
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In contrast, it's also a shame that "Hound" is probably the most screen adapted literary work ever (there are at least 10 films) but there is no perfect definitive version. This is probably as close as we're going to get. This film, made in 1983, far outshines the 2000 BBC version with its horrid CGI dog and a Watson who is likely computer generated as well. Fans of the Jeremy Brett film may be surprised at the stellar cast of this one, featuring Denholm Elliott ("Raiders of the Lost Ark"), Eleanor Bron ("The House of Mirth"), Connie Booth ("Monty Python"), and noted actor Brian Blessed (you'll know him when you see him if you don't already). The film also features Ronald Lacey as probably the best Inspector Lestrade ever. (Lacey was also in "Raiders" and the Jeremy Brett version of "The Sign of Four".) Martin Shaw's spin as the Texan Sir Henry Baskerville surprisingly turns out to be more pleasant than not.
At times the film is on the gritty side. The scene with Sir Hugo chasing his servant's daughter for that evening's recreational rape is darker than one would expect, but precisely where it needs to be cinematically. When you consider realism, this "Hound" is unequalled.
Fans of Ian Richardson should also check him out in "Murder Rooms", a BBC series where he plays Dr. Joseph Bell - a real Victorian doctor universally recognized as Arthur Conan Doyle's inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes character.
This is not to discount the film's few shortcomings. Certainly Richardson's Holmes, invariably prone to overtly amiable behavior, deviates from the disconcerting arrogance and brooding demeanor so brilliantly and faithfully rendered by Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett. This is not to negate Richardson's charismatic and magnetic presence, however, and he is a pleasure to watch. (Recently, he compellingly played Dr.Read more ›
There are two 'semi-obligatory musical interludes' (as Ebert used to say), not long, and not in slow-mo but still oppressive (the first meeting of Stapleton's wife-sister and Sir Henry, the second with Sir Henry, Beryl, and the 'Gypsy'). Perhaps one or two other times, the music becomes pre-adolescent. Color photography does not do Conan Doyle any favors, but I become use to it as I watch. And, actually, the color is handled very well (this is not a Hammer production).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really like this version of the "Hound". Faithful to the story...makes much more sense of the story.Published 25 days ago by NC Mike
This is one of the best versions of The Hound Of The Baskervilles I've ever enjoyed.Published 3 months ago by Howard Freed
Of the many versions of this best Sherlock Holmes, this is THE only one that seems to agree that Baskerville is American. Read morePublished 6 months 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago by Mrs. P.