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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

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Mrs. Dribb
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Chester Cragwitch
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Rupert T. Waxflatter
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Earl Rhodes ...
Dudley
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
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Storyline

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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4 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,250,320 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film, Gremlins (1984) and the Back to the Future trilogy were all produced by Steven Spielberg and all have eccentric inventors and madcap inventions with pet dogs, Einstein, Barney and Uncas, named after a famous leader of an Indian tribe, which was dramatized in The Last of the Mohicans (1992). See more »

Goofs

(at around 28 mins) Holmes admitted himself that Dudley had hidden the fencing trophy inside a vase of "freshly baked and painted ceramic," which, when discovered and dropped intentionally by Holmes to reveal the hidden trophy, it did not leave a trace of paint on Holmes' hand, having nowhere sufficient time to dry, let alone be painted by Dudley so shortly after firing (in the school kitchen's oven). See more »

Quotes

Older Watson: Holmes explained that the fabric was Egyptian in origin and contained so many warp threads and weft threads, things that to this day I still don't understand. He found that the cloth was stained with paraffin, paraffin manufactured exclusively at Froggit and Froggit, located in the Wapping area of London, a dark and dangerous place, and I turned to Holmes and I told him so in no uncertain terms.
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the end credits, the action follows a horsedrawn sleigh en route to an unknown destination. In last shot, the audience becomes privy to the surprise identity of the passenger, a key figure in Sherlockiana. See more »

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Referenced in Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993) See more »

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Elementary Good Fun!

What if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a story where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson met as adolescents? What if he made it a very suspenseful mystery that explanied may of the great sleuth's character traits and stylistic characterisics? What if...well, he did not, but screenwriter Chris Columbus, director Barry Levinson, and producer Steven Spielberg do bring us a fine film that does these things called Young Sherlock Holmes. Young Sherlock Holmes is the meeting of fantasy film and classic literature, and it is a meeting that coexists very nicely. The great detective meets his future colleague and friend Dr. Watson in a London prep school amidst the mystery of what six men did many years ago in Egypt. Several of the men begin to die in horrible, inexplicable ways, and the young Holmes suspects mischief. The film is a veritable treasure trove of Sherlock Holmes allusions. The film is fast-paced, fun, fantastical, and creates insights into why Holmes developed emotionally the way he did. Nicholas Rowe does a superb job playing Holmes, bringing to the role intelligence as well as compassion. Alan Cox does an equally good job playing his young sidekick and doctor to be. The special effects are first-rate, yet in no way detract from the Victorian world of Doyle and Holmes and Watson. Start watching and it will not be long before you'll be saying, "The game is afoot!"


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