Sherlock Holmes - The Hound of the Baskervilles
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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 ›
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Four stars for the movie. Great adaptation. We follow Holmes a bit more in his great gypsy disguise. Five stars for an original extra different Holmes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jorge gonzalez-larramendi
Really like this version of the "Hound". Faithful to the story...makes much more sense of the story.Published 6 months ago by NC Mike
This is one of the best versions of The Hound Of The Baskervilles I've ever enjoyed.Published 9 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 12 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 14 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 14 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 15 months ago by Sherry