DVD 122 mins IMDB 6.8 (22,460 votes)
R
From Hell
20th Century Fox (2001)
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#39

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Crime, Mystery, Thriller
USA  /  English

Johnny Depp Inspector Fred Abberline
Heather Graham Mary Kelly
Ian Holm Sir William Gull
Robbie Coltrane Sergeant Peter Godley
Ian Richardson Sir Charles Warren
Jason Flemyng Netley, the Coachman
Katrin Cartlidge Dark Annie Chapman
Terence Harvey Benjamin 'Ben' Kidney
Susan Lynch Liz Stride
Paul Rhys Dr. Ferral
Lesley Sharp Kate Eddowes
Estelle Skornik Ada
Nicholas McGaughey Officer Bolt
Annabelle Apsion Polly
Joanna Page Ann Crook

Director Albert Hughes; Allen Hughes
Producer Jane Hamsher; Don Murphy
Writer Alan Moore; Eddie Campbell; Terry Hayes; Rafael Yglesias
Cinematography Peter Deming
Musician Trevor Jones
User Credit 1 George Bowers; Dan Lebental
User Credit 2 Kym Barrett

The true-life horror story of Jack the Ripper gets a new spin in this screen adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. In 1888, a ruthless and cold-blooded killer begins hunting prostitutes in East London, and while the murderer's work is savage, the mutilation of his victims suggests the fiend has an extensive medical background. Amidst a background of political unrest and barely contained scandal among the royal family, the murderer's grisly exploits shock and frighten all of England, and one of Scotland Yard's top inspectors, Fred Abberline (Johnny Depp), is put on the case, along with his partner, Peter Godley (Robbie Coltrane). Abberline, depending on one's viewpoint, is either blessed or cursed with second sight, and while he blurs his ability to see future events with opium and other drugs, he still has an uncanny ability to ferret out dangerous criminals, which is put to the test as he and Godley search for the Ripper. As Abberline and Godley investigate the neighborhood where the crimes occur, they become acquainted with the prostitutes and street people who were friends and compatriots of the victims, and Abberline finds himself falling in love with Mary Kelly (Heather Graham), a beautiful Irish streetwalker. As Abberline tries to identify the killer before Mary Kelly can become the next victim, he and Godley have to contend with Sir Charles Warren (Ian Richardson), their superior who is keen to pin the murders on a culprit who isn't British, and Sir William Gull (Ian Holm), a respected physician who has his own ideas about the murders and the benefits of psychosurgery. From Hell marked a change of pace for Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes, the sibling directorial team best known for their gritty depictions of America's urban underground in such films as Menace II Society and Dead Presidents. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 024543054481
Region Region 1
Chapters 32
Release Date 9/7/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen DTS Surround Sound
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Strong violence/gore, sexuality, language and drug content.
User Text 2 Evil has a new address...
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Notes
Trivia: The late Nigel Hawthorne was originally cast as Sir William Gull. Hawthorne was replaced by Ian Holm when his cancer prevented him from working. (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: We see a shot of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. However, it only gained its "Royal" status in 1990 - for the duration of its previous 250 years history, it was called just The London Hospital. (more)

Quotes:
Abberline: I want every veterinarian, butcher, furrier in the district interviewed.
Constable Withers: Furrier? What he do, sir? Skin her?
Abberline: He disemboweled her. Removed her stomach, intestines...
(more)

Awards: 7 nominations (more)