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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

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After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler. Written by The Massie Twins

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Шерлок Холмс  »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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£3,081,072 (UK) (27 December 2009)

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$209,028,679 (USA)
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Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law have worked with other actors who played Holmes and Watson. Downey appears in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) with Benedict Cumberbatch, Captain America: Civil War (2016) with Martin Freeman, Iron Man Three (2013) with Sir Ben Kingsley, and The Judge (2014) with Robert Duvall. Law appeared on the 1980s Sherlock Holmes series that starred Jeremy Brett as Sherlock, and David Burke and Edward Hardwicke as Watson; Breaking and Entering (2006) with Martin Freeman, A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) with Sir Ben Kingsley; and Hugo (2011) with both Kingsley and Sir Christopher Lee. He also appeared in Wilde (1997) with Jason Morell, whose father André Morell played Watson. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, a plastic shotgun cartridge can be seen in the breech of the shotgun. Plastic shotgun shells weren't introduced until 1960. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: [voice-over] Head cocked to the left, partial deafness in ear: first point of attack. Two: throat; paralyze vocal chords, stop scream. Three: got to be a heavy drinker, floating rib to the liver. Four: finally, drag in left leg, fist to patella. Summary prognosis: unconscious in ninety seconds, martial efficacy quarter of an hour at best. Full faculty recovery: unlikely.
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The Warner Bros., Village Roadshow, and Silver Pictures logos are formed from cobblestones on a London street. See more »


Soundtracks

Adagio from String Quartet Opus 1 No. 3 In D Major
Written by Joseph Haydn
Arranged by Rick Wentworth
Performed by The Isobel Griffiths Ensemble
Courtesy of Pathé Productions Limited
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Tremendous!!! One of my favorite movies of the year.
25 December 2009 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

What a ride. "Sherlock Holmes" left me giddy. I absolutely loved it. It was thrilling, funny, stylish, fast-paced and brilliantly acted.

Downey Jr. is a delight to look at. He eats up the screen. He gives the character all sorts of mannerisms and nuances which really bring Holmes to life like never before. The chemistry and interplay between him and Jude Law is hilarious.

I wasn't a big fan of Rachel McAdams's performance, but it didn't detract from the experience. I felt she just didn't bring as much to the table as the others. (Kinda like Katie Holmes in Batman Begins.)

Guy Ritchie really outdoes himself here. The way he uses the camera, the motion, the fluidity, the snappy pacing - I loved every minute of it.

A really fantastic movie. Well done.


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