Murder by Decree (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

Murder by Decree (1979)




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Sherlock Holmes is once again on the case, this time looking into the murder spree committed by Jack the Ripper. The canny detective (Christopher Plummer) and his resolute sidekick Watson (James Mason) investigate a series of killings focusing on London prostitutes and find a government cover-up behind much of the case.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Arthur Conan Doyle, John Hopkins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2003
AVCO Embassy Pictures

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Christopher Plummer
as Sherlock Holmes
James Mason
as Dr. John H. Watson
Donald Sutherland
as Robert Lees
David Hemmings
as Inspector Foxborough
Anthony Quayle
as Sir Charles Warren
Frank Finlay
as Inspector Lestrade
Geneviève Bujold
as Annie Crook
John Gielgud
as Prime Minister
Susan Clark
as Mary Kelly
Roy Lansford
as Sir Thomas Smiley
Peter Jonfield
as William Slade
Tedde Moore
as Mrs. Lees
Ron Pember
as Makins
Ken Jones
as Dock Guard
June Brown
as Elizabeth Stride
Hilary Sesta
as Catherine Eddowes
Chris Wiggins
as Dr. Harding
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Critic Reviews for Murder by Decree

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the more imaginative Sherlock Holmes films.

Full Review… | August 12, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fond homage to the heyday of Hammer Studio, and a canny transmuting of Victorian Britannia to the tail end of the politicized '70s

Full Review… | March 13, 2010

May be my favorite Sherlock Holmes movie.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Murder by Decree


Decently exciting film for 1979. Christopher Plummer delivers a strong and subtle performance, but cannot hold a candle to Robert Downey, Jr.'s Holmes.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

An intelligent well-plotted suspense thriller beautifully directed by the late Bob Clark, in which Sherlock Holmes brilliantly played by Christopher Plummer and his associate Dr. Watson, the late great veteran actor James Mason in a deliciously sly performance investigates the gruesome murders of Jack the Ripper in London circa 1888 and discovers a mass conspiracy to protect the killer. Notable supporting performances from David Hemmings, Susan Clark, Anthony Quayle, John Gielgud, Frank Finlay, Donald Sutherland and Genevieve Bujold in standout performance as Annie Crook. The period recreation is flawless. One of the best and most original Sherlock Holmes films ever made. Highly Recommended.

Danny Rovira

Super Reviewer

It was a fun watch. It reminded me of From Hell.

Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

Murder by Decree Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: When people are frightened, they turn to God. When they have no help from Him, they look to the Devil.
– Submitted by Brendan Z (4 years ago)

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