Murder by Decree Movie Review Summary

Actors: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, John Gielgud, Donald Sutherland, Geneviève Bujold, Susan Clark

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MURDER BY DECREE was directed by Bob Clark in 1978. This film won five Canadian Academy awards in 1980.
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The setting is London in 1888. Sherlock Holmes is interested in the recent murders of prostitutes that happened in the White Chapel district. Helped by Dr. Watson and the medium Robert Lees, Sherlock discovers that all the victims were in one way or another related to Annie Crook, a woman locked in a mental institution.

Things get complicated as members of the police hierarchy and also some politicians, all masons, seem to protect one of their comrades. Furthermore, inspector Foxborough, the policeman who's handling the case, is in fact the secret leader of the radicals, a political movement waiting for the British government to fall because of its incapability to solve the White Chapel murders. Sherlock Holmes will finally find the murderer all by himself and pursue him in the middle of the dark and foggy streets of London.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Murders of set profession?    -   prostitutes/strippers/porn Kind of mystery?    -   hard boiled/private eye

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Kind of violence:    -   swords Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation

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