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Oct 19, 2001 · Directed by Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes. With Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane. In Victorian-era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders of Jack the Ripper.
- Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
- 2 min
The film stars Johnny Depp as Frederick Abberline, the lead investigator of the murders, and Heather Graham as Mary Kelly, a prostitute targeted by the Ripper. Other cast members include Ian Holm , Robbie Coltrane , Ian Richardson , and Jason Flemyng in supporting roles.
It featured Johnny Depp as Scotland Yard Inspector Frederick Abberline, Heather Graham as a prostitute named Mary Kelly, Robbie Coltrane as Sergeant Peter Godley, and Ian Holm as Sir William Gull. The movie was a murder mystery police procedural surrounding the story of Jack the Ripper the English serial killer in the 1800s.
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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 ...
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The acting is solid, although the film's best hand is the atmosphere. Johnny Depp, who according to his IMDb bio is fascinated by Jack the Ripper, plays things straight (as far as Depp can go in that direction). Heather Graham is also solid as Mary Kelly, the prostitute that Abberline develops feelings for.
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Annie Crook, a former prostitute, has shacked up with a former client, Albert. They're getting it on in a brothel on Cleveland Street, when a gang bursts in and kidnaps her. Turns out Albert is really Prince Albert Victor, the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, and second in line to the throne. The very vague truth behind this scene is that, in 1889, Lord Arthur Somerset was found in a gay brothel at 19 Cleveland Street. Lord Arthur allegedly got off because his solicitor told the police that, were he prosecuted, "a very distinguished person" with the initials PAV would also be implicated. Many, then and now, assumed this to be Prince Albert Victor. But this happened the year after the Ripper murders, and the brothel at 19 Cleveland Street did not have any women in it. The only connection between the Cleveland Street scandal and the Ripper murders was that Inspector Frederick Abberline (Johnny Depp) was assigned to both cases.
From Hell quickly gets bogged down in a Masonic conspiracy, in which the Ripper murders are designed to cover up the secret marriage between Prince Albert Victor and Annie Crook, and the existence of their infant daughter – "who is, in fact, heir to the throne of England", Abberline exclaims. Actually, no she isn't. The film also suggests Annie Crook was a Catholic. Catholics, the royals that marry them and any kids they produce are automatically excluded from the succession. So, even if it were true that the prince married a Catholic prostitute, which it isn't, their baby would not "rip the empire to pieces", as Abberline suggests. Prince Albert Victor would leave the succession, and his younger brother would move up a step in his place. Meanwhile onward steams Britannia, ruling the waves, playing cricket, eating sandwiches, waging foolhardy wars, nicking bits of Africa and so forth. The far-fetched conspiracy in the film comes from a book published in 1976, based on testimony from...
The graphic novel from which From Hell is adapted is a fantasia on the Ripper story, and veers off into the realm of the paranormal. The film is a much more pedestrian affair, and its clumsy attempts to daub mystical touches over the gaps in its narrative almost make you feel sorry for it. For instance, Abberline charts the first three murders on a map. "This is the beginning of a five-pointed star," he intones. Well, really it's just a triangle. For all you know, it may be the beginning of the beak of a giant portrait of Big Bird mapped out over London. Mystery solved! Elmo is the Ripper! Anyway, the Whitechapel murders do not form a five-pointed star on a map. They form a splodge. The film is thinking of Nicholas Hawksmoor's London churches, the locations of which can be said to form a squished five-pointed star, if you conveniently forget the one in Greenwich.
Poor old Abberline might be confused by his opium habit (which in real life he didn't have), or by the flimsy romance he strikes up with future Ripper victim Mary Kelly (which he also didn't have). Maybe he's distracted by his obsession with protecting this small group of Ripper-targeted prostitutes (he wasn't), all of whom know each other (they didn't) and drink in the Ten Bells pub (only Mary Kelly was reliably said by witnesses to be there regularly). Spoiler: he should watch the opium, too, because in this film it kills him at age 45, and in real life Abberline lived till his 80s in a nice villa in Bournemouth.
Johnny Depp plays the determined police detective chasing down the killer in the Jack the Ripper murders who dreams visions of the crimes after drinking a few of these prophetic potions. From Hell didn’t make it onto the poster of cocktails and drinks as movies representing the absinthe drip or vice versa, the 2001 film Moulin Rouge! took ...