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Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Dribb
Chester Cragwitch
Rupert T. Waxflatter
Earl Rhodes ...
Brian Oulton ...
Master Snelgrove
Patrick Newell ...
Bentley Bobster
Donald Eccles ...
The Reverend Duncan Nesbitt
Matthew Ryan ...
Dudley's Friend
Matthew Blakstad ...
Dudley's Friend
Jonathan Lacey ...
Dudley's Friend


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet as boys in an English Boarding school. Holmes is known for his deductive ability even as a youth, amazing his classmates with his abilities. When they discover a plot to murder a series of British business men by an Egyptian cult, they move to stop it. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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On his first murder case, a brilliant schoolboy is swept into a perilous adventure! See more »


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Release Date:

4 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$4,250,320 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Watson thought Holmes could be very bad mannered; Peter said that to Rufio in Hook (1991), and that film was directed by this film's producer, Steven Spielberg. See more »


Considering how cold it would need to be to freeze the water or the river/lake so thick, no one's breath is visible while they are outside. Especially so during the climactic fight at the end where the body temperatures would have risen. See more »


Dudley: Only seconds left, Holmes. I assume you've given up.
Sherlock Holmes: Never assume anything, my good fellow.
Dudley: But Holmes, I see no sign of a trophy.
Sherlock Holmes: But I do.
[picks up a vase and prepares to shatter it]
Master Snelgrove: Stop! Holmes, have you gone mad? This is an antique!
[Holmes shatters the vase, revealing the stolen trophy]
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Crazy Credits

[opening credit] The following story is original and is not specifically based on the exploits of Sherlock Holmes as described in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. See more »


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An enjoyable non Doyle Holmes story
18 December 1998 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

There are probably more Sherlock Holmes stories not written by Conan Doyle than were written by him. Some are quite bad but every now and then a good one comes along. "Young Sherlock Holmes"is one of the better ones and works on the premise that Holmes and Watson did not meet as adults in "A Study In Scarlett" but in boarding school. Of course they are in London where the young Holmes detects a link between a series of bizarre murders (depicted in some lively and imaginative special effects). The game is afoot and along the way (with a slight tongue in cheek) we learn where Holmes picked up some of his more famous trademarks and most infamous nemesis. A well written script, fine cast of actors and a physical production that recreates late 19th century London in grand fashion. A film to sit back and enjoy.

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