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Jack the Ripper (1988)

Country of Origin: UK / USA
Date(s) of Broadcast: 1988
Number of Seasons: 1
Total Number of Episodes: 2 (mini-series)
Average Episode Running Times: 100 mins
Format: colour
Sound:

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Euston Films / Thames / Hill-O'Connor Television / Lorimar
Executive Producer: Lloyd Shirley, Robert O'Connor, Leonard Hill
Producer: David Wickes
Associate Producer: Al Burgess
Production Manager: Ron Jackson
Production Coordinator: Lorraine Fennell
Production Controller: Bill Launder

SCRIPT
Script: Derek Marlowe, David Wickes
Narrative Concept: David Wickes

DIRECTION
Director: David Wickes
2nd Unit Director: Jack Lowen
1st Assistant Director: Ken Baker
2nd Assistant Director: Gerry Toomey

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Alan Hume
Camera Operator: Martin Hume
2nd Unit Camera Operator: Jack Lowen
Gaffer: Bob Bremner
Best Boy: Bill Thornhill
Camera Grip: Jimmy Waters
Stills: Simon Mein
Grip and Lighting Packages: Lee Lighting Ltd

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Editor: Keith Palmer
2nd Assistant Editor: Mark Harris

MUSIC
Music: John Cameron
Music Editor: Derek Trigg

SOUND
Sound Recordist: Chris Munro
Boom Operator: Colin Wood
Sound Editor: Michael Crouch
Effects Editor: Len Tremble
Dubbing Mixer: John Hayward

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Chief Make Up: Lois Burwell
Make Up: Ken Lintott, Sally Evans, Sandra Exelby
Chief Hair: Betty Glassow
Hair: Stevie Hall, Elaine Bowerbank
Costume Designer: Raymond Hughes
Wardrobe Master: Paul Vachon

SPECIAL MAKE UP EFFECTS
Prosthetic Make Up: Aaron Sherman, Maralyn Sherman

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects: Effects Associate Ltd

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: John Blezard
Art Director: Tony Reading
Set Decorator: Crispian Sallis
Property Buyer: Roger Hulme
Property Master: Arthur Wicks
Construction Manager: Bill Surridge

MISCELLANEOUS
Script Supervisor / Continuity: Cheryl Leigh
Production Accountant: Duncan Stewart
Producer's Assistants: Sue Davis, Joanna Elferink
Unit Publicist: Wendy Tayler

LOCATIONS
Locations: Belper, Derbyshire, England, UK
Studio: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK; Teddington Studios, London, UK

STUNTS
Stunt Arranger: Peter Brayham

CASTING
Casting: Maggie Cartier

CAST
Michael Caine (Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline)
Armand Assante (Richard Mansfield)
Ray McAnally (Sir William Gull)
Lewis Collins (Sergeant George Godley)
Ken Bones (Robert James Lees)
Susan George (Catherine "Kate" Eddowes)
Jane Seymour (Emma Prentiss)
Harry Andrews (Coroner Wynne E. Baxter)
Lysette Anthony (Mary Jane Kelly)
Roger Ashton Griffiths (Rodman)
Peter Armitage (Sergeant Kerby)
Desmond Askew (copy boy)
Trevor Baxter (Lanyon)
Ann Castle (Lady Gull)
Deirdre Costello (Annie Chapman)
Jon Croft (Mr Thackeray of The Royal Muse)
Angela Crow (Liz Stride)
Kelly Cryer (Annette, French whore)
Marc Culwick (Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward the Duke of Clarence)
John Dair (Isenschmid)
Roy Evans (Doorkeeper)
John Fletcher (PC Watkins)
Sheridan Forbes (Millie)
Hugh Fraser (Sir Charles Warren)
Martin Friend, Mike Carnell (newsvendors)
Christopher Fulford (Sergeant Brent / beggar)
Bruce Green (Pizer)
Rikki Harnet (pickpocket)
Ronald Hines (Henry Matthews, Home Secretary)
Denys Hawthorne (Assistant Commissioner Anderson)
Michael Hughes (Dr Rees Llewellyn, Divisional Surgeon)
Peter Hughes (Mr Paulson, Central News Agency)
Frank Jarvis (1st passerby)
Edward Judd (DCS Arnold)
Gertan Klauber (Louis Diemschutz)
Jon Laurimore (Inspector John T. Spratling)
Mike Lewin (duty guard)
Rod Lewis (mortician)
Gary Love (Derek)
George Malpas (old man)
Eric Mason (publican)
Bernadette Milne (woman in doorway)
Jonathan Moore (Benjamin Bates, Star reporter)
Richard Morant (Dr Theodore Acland)
T.P. McKenna (O'Connor, Star editor)
John Normington (dresser)
Ronald Nunnery (Davis)
Sandra Payne (Mrs Acland)
Neville Phillips (cabinet secretary)
Iain Rattray (tough cop)
David Ryall (Thomas Bowyer, rent collector)
Gary Shail (Billy White)
Gerald Sim (Dr George Baxter Phillips)
George Sweeney (John Netley, coachman)
David Swift (Lord Salisbury)
Norman Warwick (Richardson)
Brian Weske (Porter)
Michael Gothard (George Lusk - uncredited)

PLOT SUMMARY

Jack The Ripper is terrorising the East End of London and Inspector Frederick Abberline is charged with finding him. But as he investigates, he quickly realises that there's more going on that just the murder of East End prostitutes.

CAPSULE REVIEW

A glossy reconstruction of the Ripper murders, focusing on the work of Inspector Frederick Abberline - though as played by Michael Caine he's a far cry from the modest and retiring man history tells us he was. Although it looks great and contains some great performances (Lysette Anthony's extremely dodgy Irish accent notwithstanding), it takes a somewhat strange approach to the perpetrator, concentrating far too long on a suspect that was quickly eliminated from the enquiry while fingering one who had already been blamed in at least one other film while missing or glossing over a lot of the salient points. Good looking but ultimately unconvincing and unsatisfying. (Full Review)

AVAILABILITY

UK
Television Distributor: Pearson Television International
Video Distributors: Anchor Bay Entertainment (ABV1216)
DVD Distributors: Digital Entertainment (DED6038); Anchor Bay (ABD4225)

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

UK
Rating: PG

TIMELINE

1987
October
Day Unknown: UK - filming originally set to begin
7: UK - Thames announces that it has pre-sold Jack the Ripper to US network CBS.

1988
February
Day Unknown: UK - filming begins

October
21: USA - theatrical release

2003
March

3: UK - DVD release (Anchor Bay (ABD4225))

July
17: UK - video release (Anchor Bay Entertainment (ABV1216))

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Jack the Ripper - Das Ungeheuer von London - German title
La vera storia di Jack lo Squartatore - Italian title

LINKS

SEE ALSO
Jack the Ripper (1959)
Jack el destripador de Londres (1971)
Jack the Ripper (1976)
Murder By Decree (1978)
The Ripper (1997)

KEYWORDS

MAGAZINES

Screen International no.621 (10 October 1987) p.24 (UK)
illustrated news item (Thames TV pulls off Ripper US pre-sale coup)

Screen International no.622 (17 October 1987) p.2 (UK)
news item (Caine hunts Ripper)

Television Today 8 October 1987 p.17 (UK)
new item (Warning as Thames cuts in US deal by Angela Thomas)

Television Today 15 October 1987 p.19 (UK)
new item (Caine for The Ripper)

KEYWORDS

jack the ripper, serial killers, true crime

 


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