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The Ripper (1997)

In 1888, in London, a prostitute is slaughtered on the street. The Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Jim Hansen is in charge of the investigation and realizes that the killer is a person with ... See full summary »


Janet Meyers


Robert Rodat
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Bergin ... Insp. Jim Hansen
Gabrielle Anwar ... Florry Lewis
Samuel West ... Prince Albert Victor Edward
Michael York ... Sir Charles Warren
Adam Couper Adam Couper ... Sgt Tommy Bell
Essie Davis ... Evelyn Bookman
Olivia Hamnett Olivia Hamnett ... Lady Margaret
Karen Davitt Karen Davitt ... Mary Kelly
Damien Pree Damien Pree ... Officer Peters
Stewart Morritt Stewart Morritt ... Cullen
Kevin Miles Kevin Miles ... Sir William Fraser
John Gregg John Gregg ... Dr. William Gull
Frank Whitten ... Dr. Pearce
Peter Collingwood ... Chalmers
Josephine Keen ... Lizzie


In 1888, in London, a prostitute is slaughtered on the street. The Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Jim Hansen is in charge of the investigation and realizes that the killer is a person with skill in dissection. Hansen belongs to the lower class and aspires to socially climb. Soon there are other murders and the ex-prostitute Florry Lewis witnesses the killer killing a prostitute and is forced to go to the precinct to provide a lead to the Scotland Yard. Inspector Hansen assigns Sgt. Tommy Bell to protect Florry and he investigates the murder cases. Prince Albert Victor, who is the heir of the throne of England, becomes his prime suspect but his chief Sir Charles Warren tells that they need to have strong evidences against the prince to proceed the case. Sir Charles decides to use Florry as bait but Inspector Hansen has fallen in love with her and objects. But his chief makes clear that this is the only way to stop the ripper. What will Inspector Hansen do? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


All the 5 victims portrayed in the film (Annie Chapman, Mary Ann Nichols, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly) did really exist. See more »


When Inspector Hansen is showing Florry photos of the murders, he is using photos of the REAL victims, but the photos he is showing her are of the murders that haven't happened yet. See more »


Version of Jack the Ripper (1959) See more »


Music by Georges Bizet
Lyrics by Michel Carré and Eugène Cormon
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Fictionalized but with good acting
2 March 2005 | by leftyguns2See all my reviews

As a Police Officer I have always been intrigued by unsolved murders. When some one mentions unsolved murders the "White Chapel" murders attributed to "Jack the Ripper" comes to mind.

Though this film "The Ripper" is highly fictionalized, what it lacks in facts it more than makes up in acting, and authenticity in details of the period.

Patrick Bergin, and Gabrielle Anwar portray the parts of Scotland Yard Police inspector, and former prostitute , to perfection. More than a crime story It is about the relationship which develops between Bergin (the police inspector) and Anwar(a former prostitute ) . Anwar has left prostitution behind, and is by that time working in a factory. Her life takes a turn when she witnesses one of the murders, but is reluctant to come forward because of the way she's treated by most of the police. Bergin unlike the others gives her police protection, and the two eventually become romantically involved.

What made this film great was the way that the inequities of the Victorian era is portrayed. All from the separation of the classes. To the scenery, and last but not least the Superb acting of the cast.

If you're looking for historical facts about the "White Chapel Murders" this film is not for you. But if you can watch this film keeping in mind that it is not a documentary , or historical epic, and that the writer used extensive "creative license" then you must see it.

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Release Date:

6 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hasfelmetsző See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Color (Cinevex)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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