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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

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Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barrie Ingham ...
Val Bettin ...
Susanne Pollatschek ...
Candy Candido ...
Fidget (voice)
Diana Chesney ...
Mrs. Judson (voice)
The Mouse Queen (voice)
Sherlock Holmes (voice) (archive sound)
Laurie Main ...
Dr. Watson (voice) (archive sound)
Lady Mouse (voice)
Ellen Fitzhugh ...
Bar Maid (voice)
Walker Edmiston ...
Citizen / Thug Guard (voice)
Thug Guard (voice)
Tony Anselmo ...
Thug Guard (voice)


In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl's toymaker father is abducted by a peglegged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world's answer to Sherlock Holmes. The case expands as Basil uncovers the crime's link to a plot against the Crown itself. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Release Date:

2 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$38,600,000 (USA)

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Sherlock Holmes speaks with the voice of Basil Rathbone. Although it is often erroneously claimed that the lines are taken from one of Rathbone's 1940s performances as Sherlock Holmes on film or radio, this is not true. The cameo is edited from Rathbone's reading of the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" by Arthur Conan Doyle for Caedmon Records in 1966, just months before his death. This explains why Rathbone's voice sounds older and less crisp than in his famous films, and more importantly, why the voice of Rathbone's co-star Nigel Bruce was not used for Dr. Watson's brief cameo. According to the text of "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League", this would mean that the film takes place sometime in the autumn of 1890. See more »


When Dr. Dawson and Olivia are seeking Basil's help at his house, Basil slouches down in his chair and starts playing the violin, holding it in his right hand and having the bow in his left. When Basil sits up in another shot, he is holding the violin in his left hand (like it's supposed to be) and the bow in his right. See more »


Ratigan: My friends, we are about to embark on the most odious, the most evil, the most diabolical scheme of my illustrious career. A crime to top all crimes, a crime that will live in infamy!
[henchmen cheer]
Ratigan: Tomorrow evening, our beloved monarch celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. And with the enthusiastic help of our good friend, Mr. Flaversham...
[henchmen chuckle]
Ratigan: promises to be a night she'll never forget.
[burns picture of Queen with cigarette]
Ratigan: Her last night, and my first as supreme ruler of all ...
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References Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »


The World's Greatest Criminal Mind
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Larry Grossman and Ellen Fitzhugh
Performed by Vincent Price and Chorus (uncredited)
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A forgotten Disney masterpiece.
17 October 2003 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the most unknown Disney classics.

For the time the movie was quite new and revolutionary and it doesn't quite fit in with the other movies Disney made in that period., perhaps that's the reason why it has been forgotten. But "The Great Mouse Detective" deserves to be known and seen.

The characters are real classics and one of the best to have ever appeared in a Disney movie. Actually Professor Ratigan (voiced by the legendary Vincent Price) is quite possibly my favorite movie villain of all time. No wonder that it was Vincent Price's favorite role. His style and humor is priceless and it cracks me up every time. But the other characters are also very memorable. I especially like the character of doctor Dawson.

The story is good and very pleasant and very mature compared to other Disney's from that period. But of course the idea of making a story about the mouse version of Sherlock Holmes alone is already good enough to make a fun movie about.

One of the other things that makes this movie different compared to other Disney's from that period are the songs or better said the lack of it. The movie features only one song (3 if you count the bar song and the goodbye, so soon song.). But it's not a miss. The surprising magnificent musical score by famous composer Henry Mancini make up for this loss.

The movie has a very spectacular final on and in the famous Big Ben. It's by far my favorite Disney movie ending.

Certainly a fun movie to watch over and over again.


P.S.: If you're Dutch speaking, I highly recommend that you watch this movie Dutch spoken. Believe it or not it's even better and more fun then the English version! Believe me, just give it a shot.

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