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The Crucifer of Blood (1991)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 4 November 1991
A beautiful young woman asks Holmes to help her father, a former army captain and hopeless opium addict break free of the curse surrounding a stolen treasure.

Director:

Fraser C. Heston

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (novel), Paul Giovanni (play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Sherlock Holmes
Richard Johnson ... Dr. Watson
Susannah Harker ... Irene St. Claire
Edward Fox ... Alistair Ross
John Castle ... Neville St. Claire
Simon Callow ... Inspector Lestrade
Clive Wood ... Jonathan Small
James Coyle James Coyle ... Birdy Johnson
Kaleem Janjua Kaleem Janjua ... Durga Dass
Stefan Kalipha ... Wali Dad
Lloyd McGuire ... P.C. Hopkins
Kiran Shah ... Tonga
Sidney Livingstone Sidney Livingstone ... Mordecai Smith
Roly Lamas Roly Lamas ... Leper
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Beautiful, young Irne St. Claire enlists Holmes' and Watson's help for her father, a former veteran of the Great Indian Mutiny, who has become a hopeless opium addict. His drug dependence is a direct result of guilt and fear arising from a blood pact of secrecy made during the siege of Agra in 1857 in which he was party to the theft of a maharajah's treasure, murder, and betrayal. When an avaricious co-conspirator dies under mysterious circumstances, St. Clair is certain that the curse will strike him next. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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This is one mystery that it NOT elementary, my dear Watson...

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El crucifijo de sangre See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Heston played Holmes in the Los Angeles theatrical version of the play in preparation for the role although the stage version was mounted in December 1980 and January 1981, ten years before the movie. Jeremy Brett, who later became one of the most acclaimed Holmes, played Watson. See more »

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Alistair Ross: India has an unvanny way of bringing out extremes in people.
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The Game's Afoot
1 December 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

During the making of Khartoum Charlton Heston formed a lifetime friendship with Richard Johnson who played his aide in that film. They worked on a number of projects together and had a run in the United Kingdom in this play. We're fortunate indeed to have Heston give his interpretation of the master sleuth, Sherlock Holmes in a The Crucifer of Blood.

Heston takes his place right along side Jeremy Brett and Basil Rathbone as a fine delineater of the analytical character of Sherlock Holmes. In the Rathbone series, Holmes purists are usually quite upset about Nigel Bruce's Dr. Watson being made more and more a bumbling idiot as the series progressed. Watson as conceived by Conan Doyle was not as bright as Holmes, but who is. His medical training in fact helps Holmes on more than a few cases.

But in this film Watson is a fool though, a fool for love as he falls for Sussanah Harker, a woman who has sought out the help of Sherlock Holmes. Three men who thirty years earlier stole a maharajah's treasure while serving in India during the Sepoy mutiny are being targeted for terror and probably worse, one of them being Harker's father. Several dead bodies later Holmes does come up with the answer as we know he always does.

Edward Fox and John Castle are two of the men who do the stealing and Castle as the opium addicted father of Harker is the best in the film. One man who is played as a bumbling idiot is Holmes's rival at Scotland Yard, Inspector Lestrade as played by Simon Callew. Dennis Hoey was never as dumb as this guy.

I'm glad Charlton Heston's interpretation of Holmes for which he got good critical notices for the stage play is preserved here and his fans will like it. Holmes fans will like it as well.


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