The Sign of Four

1987

Action / Adventure / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 42%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 42% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 7.9/10 10 4519 4.5K

Director

Top cast

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
John Thaw as Jonathan Small
William Ash as Jack Smith
Jenny Seagrove as Miss Mary Morstan
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812.19 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 43 min
Seeds 4
1.65 GB
1920*1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 43 min
Seeds 1

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Revelator_ 8 / 10

Could this be the best Sherlock Holmes film?

This version of "The Sign of Four" is the closest anyone has come to transferring the spirit and letter of Doyle's stories to film. And it stars what might be the best Holmes and Watson to ever appear onscreen, Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke. "The Sign of Four" is a very close adaptation of Conan Doyle's novel, but that would count for nothing if it wasn't stylishly directed, sumptuously produced, and perfectly acted.

It was also made at the right time, when the Granada Sherlock Holmes TV series had proven a success and received the go-ahead and financial backing to expand its format. "The Sign of Four" was filmed in 35mm with a lavish (for TV) budget and presents a convincing vision of Holmes's world, from the cluttered Victorian furnishings to a steam launch chase down the Thames. Jeremy Brett was at the peak of his powers, before manic depression and heart failure permanently wrecked his health. His mercurial Holmes lives only for detection--without a case he's twitchy and irritable; on the trail he suave and scintillating. Hardwicke's Watson is grizzled paragon of common sense and decency. The other players (Jenny Seagrove, John Thaw, Ronald Lacey) are a perfectly cast assortment of eccentrics.

Director Peter Hammond is over-fond of compositions involving mirrors, but he keeps the eye (and the actors) occupied. At its best the film is a catalogue of quintessential Sherlockiana: London fog, hidden treasure, the Baker Street Irregulars, and Holmes's outlandish disguises, violin playing, and elaborate deductions. The plot is classically Holmesian, involving Imperial misdeeds coming home to haunt their perpetrators. Some have criticized the film for the lengthy flashback near the end, but this is the emotional heart of the film, the why-done-it that comes after the criminal's apprehension and gives a tragic coloring to his crimes. It gives the literal Sign of Four an ethical resonance.

Like all of the Granada Holmes productions, "The Sign of Four" has been remastered and released on Blu-Ray. It looks great but whoever handled the color correction eliminated the day-for-night effects so many scenes are brighter then they should be.

Reviewed by Doylenf 6 / 10

Intricate Sherlock Holmes story gets the luxury of a two-hour TV treatment...

JEREMY BRETT and EDWARD HARDWICKE head the cast of an excellent version of THE SIGN OF THE FOUR, given fine support by JENNY SEAGROVE, RONALD LACEY and JOHN THAW.

The intricate story begins with a young woman (Jenny Seagrove) coming to Holmes with a story involving the mysterious disappearance of her father. Several years after his death she began receiving yearly presents of priceless pearls, one by one each year. The story becomes more and more complex as more of the characters involved in her father's disappearance come to the fore. Among them, RONALD LACEY, who gives a quirky performance as twin brothers whose father wanted them to receive his inheritance. JENNY SEAGROVE and JOHN THAW are particularly interesting in well-defined supporting roles.

All the Victorian atmosphere is here along with elaborate settings and fine color photography. The two hours go by swiftly, since there's so much story to tell. Well worth watching with only a few scenes toward the end that seem to go on too long.

Reviewed by Sleepin_Dragon 10 / 10

An exquisite production.

The Sign of Four is one of the best of Conan Doyle's texts, and this exquisite adaptation brings the story to life.

It looks amazing, the production values are terrific, even the effects used to create the Canal bank and India look very good. It's a complex mystery, but it's made such a way that it's easy to follow, you're never left scratching your head. The sets and buildings are glorious, so decadent. As I watch I can't help but want to get hold of a Mason's teapot.

I love the eccentricity of the characters, the brothers are excellent, how he manages to remain so still is beyond me. Great to see the irregulars.

Jenny Seagrove and John Thaw are both fantastic, you wait long enough for the latter to appear, but when he does he's terrific.

I can't find a single flaw, 10/10.

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