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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie's screenwriter Chris Columbus has said of this film in an interview with 'The New York Times': "The thing that was most important to me was why Holmes became so cold and calculating, and why he was alone for the rest of his life . . . That's why he is so emotional in the film; as a youngster, he was ruled by emotion, he fell in love with the love of his life, and as a result of what happens in this film, he becomes the person he was later". See more »


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


[the trio have found a wooden pyramid]
John Watson: Holmes, there's a door here!
[Turning to Elizabeth]
John Watson: Fancy him missing a door!
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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 »


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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User Reviews

great for teens
6 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My son turned 12 in August. We purchased this movie at a drugstore while on vacation because I remembered watching it a loving it when I was younger. My son has a love of mysteries and "spies", so I thought that this would be a good movie for him to enjoy. He watched it twice the first day and has seen it several times over the last couple of weeks. It really appeals to younger mystery fans, even though it is rated PG-13, for violence. I would recommend any parent see this movie before they let their kids see it. Some of the violence is hallucinatory, and therefore quite "scary". I think the way it begins Holmes's and Watson's friendship is fun and creative. I think the script and characterizations are well done (especially in light of more current movies, which are just to draw viewers to the theater and have no substance.) The casting was inspired, and I don't see how they could have improved upon it. The cinematography was great and the special effects very good for the time of this movie. Some people might find Holmes's character a bit smug, but that is accurate to the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I recommend this movie to mystery fans, fans of Sherlock Holmes (but NOT "perfectionist" fans), and anyone who enjoys a young fellow showing up his elders.

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