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Hands of a Murderer (1990)

Approved | | Mystery, Action, Adventure | TV Movie 16 May 1990
Professor Moriarty is loose in London with spies everywhere, and only Sherlock Holmes can figure out what he's up to and stop it.

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Stuart Orme
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Woodward ... Sherlock Holmes
John Hillerman ... Dr. John Watson
Anthony Andrews ... Prof. James Moriarty
Kim Thomson ... Sophie DeVere
Peter Jeffrey ... Mycroft Holmes
Warren Clarke ... Col. Gould
Terence Lodge Terence Lodge ... Insp. Lestrade
Christopher Fairbank ... Jeremy Stubb
Harry Audley Harry Audley ... Richard Farrington
David Sibley David Sibley ... Finch
John Tordoff John Tordoff ... Berton
Michael Tezcan Michael Tezcan ... Kasim
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ... Wiggins
Faith Kent Faith Kent ... Mrs. Hudson
David Neal ... Minister
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Storyline

When Professor Moriarty escapes the gallows - literally in a puff of smoke - Sherlock Holmes finds himself once again in pursuit of his old nemesis. Soon after the escape, Holmes' brother Mycroft asks him to work at identifying a leak in British Intelligence. Uncharacteristically, he refuses to help until he realizes that Moriarty is behind the missing State secrets. He learns that a very seductive woman, Sophy DeVere, has been hypnotizing one of Mycroft's young assistants to steal the information. When Moriarty is unable to decode the secret message he has stolen, he kidnaps Mycroft in order to get the information. Written by garykmcd

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Can Sherlock Holmes resist the ultimate challenge?


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes and the Prince of Crime See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The issue of "The Strand" arrives at Baker Street which contains Watson's account of "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb", dating the events to March 1892. Holmes' comment that it is "Appropriately accompanied with inaccurate and melodramatic illustrations" is a nice acknowledgement that neither Woodward nor Hillerman reflect the sleuths as depicted in Sidney Paget's artwork accompanying the tale. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1892 but Lestrade accuses Farrington of being a "Bolshevik", a term that didn't come into use until 1903. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Woman in Green (1945) See more »

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The Lord is My Shepherd
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During the funeral scene.
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Enjoyable tosh
18 November 2007 | by drharperSee all my reviews

Very derivative, with odd bits of various Holmes stories stapled together. I would agree that Edward Woodward is an excellent actor, but not Holmes. Anthony Andrews is, however, an excellent Moriarty. Once again Mycroft is rather too thin for the role, and I would agree that being snuck up on by a large Thug who has to lever open a casket to do so is pretty improbable. The main problem for me is that the time lines simply do not hold together- having missed the announcement of the date at the start I was looking for clues. So.... last public execution in England, 1863 (and not a multiple hanging at that). Victoria in widow's weeds, after 1861, before 1902. All looking good, except the bit where Oberstein pulls a gun not manufactured until 1893... oh well!


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