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Release Date:
10 January 1987 (USA) See more »
Sherlock Holmes is brought back to life by Watson's female descendant after being cryogenically frozen for eighty years. | Add synopsis »
2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Margaret Colin ... Jane Watson
Michael Pennington ... Sherlock Holmes

Barry Morse ... Carter Morstan
Olivier Pierre ... Hampton

Lila Kaye ... Ms. Houston
Ray Jewers ... Singer

Shane Rimmer ... Stark

Nicholas Guest ... Toby
Sheila Brand ... Kitty

Daniel Benzali ... Ross
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Connie Booth ... Violet Morstan
Sneh Gupta

William Hootkins ... Spelman
Paul Maxwell ... Hopkins
Nancy Paul
Miles Richardson ... Barton

Ricco Ross
Tony Steedman ... Doctor
John Sterland
Howard Swinson
Hubert Tucker
Debora Weston (as Deborah Weston)

Directed by
Kevin Connor 
Writing credits
Bob Shayne (written by)

Produced by
Nick Gillott .... producer
Bob Shayne .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Ken Thorne 
Cinematography by
Tony Imi 
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
Casting by
Sharon Howard-Field 
Sally Powers 
Production Design by
Keith Wilson 
Art Direction by
Simon Wakefield 
Costume Design by
Graham Williams 
Makeup Department
Helen Lennox .... hair stylist
Sandra Shepherd .... makeup artist
Production Management
Claude Hudson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy P. Stevens .... first assistant director
Gerry Toomey .... second assistant director
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
Kevin Westley .... third assistant director
Art Department
Mark Hedges .... prop storeman
Paul Purdy .... props
Sound Department
Shep Dawe .... sound assistant
Tony Dawe .... production sound mixer
Sam Horta .... sound editor
Scott D. Jackson .... foley supervisor
Mark L. Mangino .... sound effects editor
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Micky Wilson .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilary Watson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Cosmas P. Bolger .... post-production executive
Music Department
Robert Drasnin .... music supervisor
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
Robert Takagi .... music editor
Bruce Babcock .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Ross .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edgardo Simone .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Lorraine Fennell .... script supervisor
Cliff Lanning .... production runner
Norman S. Powell .... vice president: executive in charge of production, CBS
Paul L. Tucker .... production executive (as Paul Tucker)

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USA:100 min
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Did You Know?

British actor John Wood, who had played Holmes in a revival of the William Gillette play for the Royal Shakespeare Company, flew to America at his own expense to audition for the part in this TV movie but was not cast.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Sherlock Holmes Returns (1993) (TV)See more »
Rule BritanniaSee more »


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More fun than almost all other Holmes movies, 2 March 2008
Author: FlushingCaps from United States

I videotaped this film when it first aired and kept it on tape, now DVD ever since. I think it is outstanding for a TV movie. To have the "real" Holmes brought back in the late 20th Century requires the film to have some humorous scenes and they had plenty of them. I also liked the plot, the drama portion, I mean. It wasn't obvious, yet it was executed with care so as to be logical all the way through. Some shows are ruined by plots too obscure to be followed or too obvious to entertain. This script was exactly between those types.

Holmes was quick to pick up on our modern world, yet totally befuddled by some things--just as anyone would be if actually put in that situation.

Tonight I saw another "Holmes in the modern-world" movie, the Larry Hagman "Return of the World's Greatest Detective," which I somehow never saw before. I gave it a 4 of 10 as it had holes in the plot and really only made me chuckle a couple of times. The film reviewed here towers over that earlier work, and is better than a similar TV movie made not too long after this one. This film moved around, not only to England, but to various places in the U.S. The Hagman film takes place all in Los Angeles. It's almost like they had $300,000 in the total budget and had to pay Hagman $275,000, so their location shooting could go no farther than Mulholland Drive in L.A.

If you like Sherlock Holmes, I highly recommend seeing this movie as soon as you can.

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