R | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In Victorian-era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders of Jack the Ripper.
Johnny Depp's character was based on a real person, Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard, who was in charge of the investigation in the East End. The real Frederick Abberline, however, was neither a dope addict, nor a supposed clairvoyant, and did not die shortly after the investigation, nor in Hong Kong (as shown in the special features alternate ending). He died in 1929 in England, at the age of eighty-six. Robbie Coltrane's character Sergeant Peter Godley is loosely based on Essex born George Godley, who at the time of the Ripper murders was a Sergeant at Bethnal Green.
"From Hell". Well at least they got the address right.
(at around 15 mins) 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.
Thanks to the Megerdichian family
Two endings were filmed: one where Abberline dies of a drug overdose and one where he sneaks off to be with Mary.
$11,014,818 (USA) (21 October 2001)
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