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The Sign of Four (1983)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery | TV Movie 7 December 1983
Hired by a young lady, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the strange recent deaths of her missing father's friends from the army, as well as the whereabouts of the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.

Director:

Desmond Davis

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (novel) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Richardson ... Sherlock Holmes
David Healy ... Dr. John Watson
Thorley Walters ... Major John Sholto
Cherie Lunghi ... Mary Morstan
Joe Melia ... Jonathan Small
Terence Rigby ... Inspector Layton
Clive Merrison ... Bartholomew Sholto
Richard Heffer ... Thaddeus Sholto
John Pedrick John Pedrick ... Tonga
Michael O'Hagan Michael O'Hagan ... Mordecai Smith
Robert Russell ... Williams
John Benfield ... McMurdo
Moti Makan Moti Makan ... Lal Rao
Kate Binchy Kate Binchy ... Maid
Gordon Rollings ... Mr. Sherman
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Hired by a young lady, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the strange recent deaths of her missing father's friends from the army, as well as the whereabouts of the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.

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Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Production Co:

Mapleton Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Ian Richardson later appeared in Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes (2000) as Doctor Joseph Bell, the real-life inspiration for Holmes. See more »

Goofs

The amount of jewels falling out of Small's wooden leg is much smaller than what we see in the chest later in the scene. See more »

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Thrilling
8 April 2001 | by KatharineFanaticSee all my reviews

Sometimes more thrilling than the novel, this adaptation mixes in romance, deception, and the cold hand of the master detective. I've seen more than one adaptation, but I'd say this one and the latest, with Matt Frewer, are tied as far as excitement goes. Both differ from the story, but on the upper hand, Holmes undertakes the thrilling Thames boat chase. It's somewhat strange in places, but I much appreciated the added sequences with Tonga and Mary. Ian Richardson is an excellent Holmes - second only to Basil Rathbone, who was born to play the part.

An excellent adaptation, and one for any Sherlockian to be proud of.


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