<p> The Moonstone is a 1997 Masterpiece Theater TV film directed by Robert Bierman.
The Moonstone, a sacred Hindu diamond, was stolen from the forehead of the Moon-God in its Brahmin shrine by John Herncastle in 1799. The stone is said to be cursed if removed from its shrine. In June 1846, John visits his sister, Lady Julia Verinder, to wish his niece, Rachel, a happy birthday, but Lady Julia refuses to see him. Two years later and the family are preparing to celebrate Rachel's birthday. They are awaiting the arrival of Franklin Blake, Lady Verinder's nephew-a maverick, with a penchant for ladies and spending too much. Blake reveals that he has the Moonstone in his possession which John Herncastle has bequeathed to Rachel in his will, to be given her on her birthday, the year after his death. Friendship and love blossom between the beautiful Rachel and Blake, and on her birthday she is given her jewel. Blake agrees to mount it for her in order that she can wear it for the evening's celebrations. Inevitably, the jewel is found missing the following morning and, strangely, Rachel is unwilling to talk to anybody about the theft. Rachel moves to London and is taken in by Mr. Bruff, that family's lawyer and friend. Blake is heartbroken and confused as to why her behavior towards him is so creul. Eventually, Bruff arranges a surprise meeting between the two and Blake discovers that Rachel thinks she witnessed him stealing the diamond. She cannot believe the audacity at insisting that he has no recollection of it whatever. How can he lie to her? Blake is determined to prove his innocence and leaves her distraught in order to pursue the real truth behind the theft, once and for all.