Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery  |  4 December 1985 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 14,078 users  
Reviews: 82 user | 58 critic

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



(characters), (screenplay)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Innerspace (1987)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him.

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan
Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes as he and his assistant, Dr. Watson--and, somewhat reluctantly, the bumbling Inspector Lestrade--battle criminals in London.

Stars: Ronald Howard, Howard Marion-Crawford, Archie Duncan
Sherlock (TV Movie 2002)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Early in his crime-solving career, Sherlock Holmes attempts to prevent Moriarty from cornering the heroin market.

Director: Graham Theakston
Stars: James D'Arcy, Roger Morlidge, Gabrielle Anwar
Ladyhawke (1985)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him. Navarre has been hunted by the Bishop's men for ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Cocoon (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigour.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee, Colin Blakely
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but are gradually getting bored with each other and this way of life. Joan accepts an ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Spies Like Us (1985)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest
Always (1989)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A romantic adventure about a legendary pilot's passion for dare-devil firefighting and his girl.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson
Tin Men (1987)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A minor car accident drives two rival aluminum-siding salesmen to the ridiculous extremes of man versus man in 1963 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey
Enemy Mine (1985)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





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)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


A magnifying glass is often associated with Sherlock Holmes along with the smoking pipe and deerstalker hat. Some promotional materials for this film such as movie posters formed out of the letter "O" in the word "Holmes" an image of a circular magnifying glass together with a handle. See more »


(at around 1h 35 mins) Position of Watson relative to Holmes before the gun is fired. See more »


John Watson: Dudley is going to pay dearly for this. Punch to the jaw, jab to the ribs...
Sherlock Holmes: Now, now, Watson. Revenge is sweetest when it's served up cold. Come on.
[Dudley enters with snow-white hair]
Dudley: Holmes. You did this. You're responsible, aren't you?
Sherlock Holmes: So that's where I dropped my chemistry experiment: into your tea. Oh, don't worry, old chap. It'll wear off shortly. You should be back to normal - by summertime.
See more »

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 »


References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Young Sherlock Holmes - Waxing Elizabeth
Written by Bruce Broughton
Performed by Crouch End Festival Chorus and the The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Wonderful Movie
17 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. The young actor to me was a young Sherlock Holmes. Nicholas Rowe as Sherlock.He is 6 ft 4 inches and is left handed when sword fighting. He was human, respectful, humble, polite, wise and treated Watson like a brother not like the combative relationship in Sherlock Holmes 2009 and 2010.

This story took place at a school for boys called Brompton Academy.

A dart with hallucinogenic drug made victims see scary things when hit by this dart.Things come alive that attack the victim. A cooked chicken, statues of bats or bird and more. One victim jumps out a window one runs out of church and gets killed by a stage coach and one stabs himself thinking creatures are in his shirt harming him. The special affects in it were amazing. Holmes could not attend the funeral of one of the victims because of his expulsion from Brompton Academy.

Watson's experience after being shot with the drug was funny. A grave opened up at the cemetery that had all kinds of pastries on shelves. The pastries started jumping off the shelf,on to the ground & Watson talking to each other. They were all different sizes and shapes with big eyes and some pastries started shoving other pastries in to Watson mouth cherry cream and all. Really humorous.

Earlier in the movie Watson finds a dart blowpipe which belongs to an Egyptian cult worshiping Osiris god of the underworld. This cult sacrifices live people in a hot substance. Sherlock finds this temple and stops the sacrifice and escapes. Later he realizes there is a cult operating in this city which is causing the deaths of men that knew each other.

Sherlock was in love in this movie which at the end it said the writers did not know what young Sherlock would have been like and that they just respectably put some things in.

This film was very violent and tense. It is about 145 minutes long.

It was like one of the Indiana Jones movies with the cult members running for their life and the building falling down.

This is one movie that did not disappoint me but scared the pastry out of me.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This and Harry Potter ephraimwaite
The Best Sherlock Holmes Actor shaftybafty
Blowing the thorn into the throat. boomstick7693
Young Sherlock Holmes II? MorbidMorgan
what happened to these actors? ykymf
Is there any hope about a book to find?.. marina_andrushen
Discuss Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: