Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery  |  4 December 1985 (USA)
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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 <>

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Before a lifetime of adventure, they had the adventure of a lifetime.


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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 23 mins) First feature film to have a completely CGI (computer graphics image) character: the knight coming out of the stained glass window. Industrial Light & Magic animated the scene, overseen by John Lasseter in a very early film credit for Pixar. See more »


None of the laced darts shot at but one of their victims are ever visible, and could not possible have travel such long distances without dropping significantly or being visible, especially when all the victims were wearing very thick winter clothing which would have been impossible to penetrate. See more »


Waxflatter: Elementary, my dear Holmes... elementary.
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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 »


Referenced in The Great Mouse Detective (1986) See more »


Young Sherlock Holmes Main Theme
Written by Bruce Broughton
Performed by Crouch End Festival Chorus and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
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Young Sherlock Holmes
18 June 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Intriguing story, not based on a Doyle idea, about the meeting of Sherlock Holmes and his good friend Watson. Even as youngsters, they unravel mysteries together and find themselves in constant mayhem and peril. Rowe is an outstanding young Sherlock, while Cox is an exceptional younger Watson. Barry Levinson directed this fun look at the master detective in his younger years.

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