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Jack the Ripper (1988)





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TheTV movie Jack the Ripper endeavors to shed new light on one of the most notorious unsolved cases in history. The Ripper, of course, was the London serial killer who, in 1888, killed and disemboweled five prostitutes. Michael Caine stars not as the Ripper but as a Scotland-Yard inspector who is assigned to the case. The trail of evidence leads Caine to some astonishing suspects--including at least one member of the Royal Family. As the public clamors for an arrest in the case of the unsolved evisceration murders of five East End prostitutes, Abberline narrows down his list of suspects: the four most likely to have committed the murders, according to the inspector, are American-actor Richard Mansfield (Armand Assante), Queen Victoria's personal psychic (Ken Bones), a certain Dr. Acland (Richard Morant) and socialist-gadfly Lusk (Michael Gothard). The British government is also pressuring Abberline to produce the killer. Unfortunately, if Abberline were to publicly release all the clues at his disposal, the revelation would probably rock the Empire to its foundations. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Michael Caine
as Frederick Abberline
Armand Assante
as Richard Mansfield
Ray McAnally
as Sir William Gull
Lewis Collins
as Sgt. George Godley
Susan George
as Catherine Eddowes
Harry Andrews
as Coroner Wynne Baxter
Lysette Anthony
as Mary Jane Kelly
Peter Armitage
as Sergeant Kelly
Mike Carnel
as Newsvendor
Jo Ann Castle
as Lady Gull
Dierdre Costello
as Annie Chapman
Jon Croft
as Mr. Thackeray
Angela Crow
as Liz Stride
John Dair
as Isenschmid
Roy Evans
as Doorkeeper
John Fletcher
as P.C. Watkins
Hugh Fraser
as Sir Charles Warren
Christopher Fulford
as Beggar, Sergeant Brent
Michael Gothard
as George Lusk
Ronald Hines
as Henry Matthews
Denys Hawthorne
as Assistant Commissioner
Michael Hughes
as Dr. Llewellyn
Peter Hughes
as Mr. Paulson
Frank Jarvis
as 1st Passerby
Edward Judd
as DCS Arnold
Gertan Klauber
as Diemschutz
Jon Laurimore
as Inspector Spratling
Gary Love
as Derek
Eric Mason
as Publican
Jonathan Moore
as Benjamin Bates
Richard Morant
as Dr. Acland
T.P. McKenna
as O'Connor
Neville Phillips
as Cabinet Secretary
Gerald Sim
as Doctor Bagster Phillips
George Sweeney
as John Netley
David Swift
as Lord Salisbury
Norman Warwick
as Richardson
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I hate to do it to you all but they dont catch the bugger....and it was the queens doctor....you dont have to see it now...lol..Only kidding this is a great adaptation of the classic tale.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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Director David Wickes comes up with what is both a possible and probable solution as to why Jack the Ripper has never been identified. Michael Caine is outstanding as Frederick Abberline, the alcoholic Scotland Yard inspector in charge of the investigation.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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