The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986)
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A triumph based on Edgar Allen Poe's detective based story. First published in 1841 and is often cited as the first detective story. The main character of C. Auguste Dupin (George C. Scott) was the predecessor of famous fictional sleuths Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQxpgB_bR6UtWl0hJAWl4iL-xSkIbT77Xn2u9NvVKTseL5ilIi9yA[/img] George C. Scott, center A "detective" (the word detective was not invented yet) comes out of retirement to help his daughter's fiance prove that he did not commit a series of murders. Bored from a forced retirement which he regrets not fighting, Dupin was a reknowned Parisian police officer who solved hundreds of crimes through logic way before A. Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. [img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gQidFx4jqSA/T7AmRfWnbGI/AAAAAAAAaJM/a-RzcMPO7Nk/s1600/auguste-dupin_tv2.jpg[/img] George C. Scott as the famous but now retired police "detective" August Dupin "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham's Magazine in 1841. It has been recognized as the first detective story; Poe referred to it as one of his "tales of ratiocination". A made for TV film, it's the second one since 1968 to show there**. But do NOT let the television aspect depress you, this is a quality film with excellent Victorian sets. Everyone except the main actors fake their French accents as the film is set in Paris (showing Notre Dame more than once). **If you care to delve into the comparisons between this film and earlier versions go here: http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/blog/?p=8142 SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQQhYHGmu8k REVIEWS by those like us: 70% George C. Scott is his old reliable self in this made-for-TV adaptation of the Poe short story. The atmosphere is good and at 90 minutes or so, it's n... 80% The movie does a really good job of evoking the atmosphere of the tale and Scott performs wonderfully as Dupin. 100% Excellent TV movie, I was more than a little surprised by how good it was. It looked great and is by far one of the best made for TV movies I've ever seen. George C Scott is always such a presence on screen. If you get a chance please watch. [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQrr99Pu33_ZhXBKe-lEcwiLPSLg8piOYSuTTc_6PqZFr1sGfNn[/img] Edgar A. Poe NOTES: 1 The story was first published in 1841 and is often cited as the first detective story*. The main character of C. Auguste Dupin was the predecessor of famous fictional sleuths Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. * other mystery stories appeared earlier but Poe's central theme for his was what he termed "ratioination" or simply deductive logic. SEE this fascinating short video biography of Poe here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-387NMCR6w 2 Editor Edgar A. Poe's manuscript was found tossed in his trash and recovered by a co-worker, survived 3 house fires and eventually rebound and perserved years later. [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c7/RueMorgueManuscript.jpg/200px-RueMorgueManuscript.jpg[/img] Poe's original manuscript, 1841 Graham's Magazine [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRii3DYBHVzfr3W9Z6KEAqnw-QL9jGYMZ-kBBaLmjhWzHjbtAPdsw[/img] CAST George C. Scott Auguste Dupin Rebecca De Mornay Claire Dupin Ian McShane Prefect of Police Neil Dickson Adolphe Le Bon Val Kilmer Phillipe Huron Director: Jeannot Szwarc Writers: Edgar Allan Poe (story), David Epstein (teleplay) Runtime: 100 min|92 min (TV) Sound Mix: Mono Color [img]http://cdn0.nflximg.net/images/9900/2499900.jpg[/img]
George C. Scott is his old reliable self in this made-for-TV adaptation of the Poe short story. The atmosphere is good and at 90 minutes or so, it's not too long for those who usually get bored with period pieces. As for the mystery, there are some plot points missing, and the climactic scene involving the murderer is rather underwhelming, but all in all, Poe would have likely been satisfied with the attention to detail given by the filmmakers.
Made for T.V. movie which tells the tale intriquingly. Scott, Mornay, McShane, and Kilmer all give good performances and the film is good but obviously TV quality. Still a good watch.