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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

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Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

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Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his longtime trusted associate, Doctor Watson (Jude Law), take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), with the help of Holmes' older brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy named Simza (Noomi Rapace). Written by ABID NAZIR

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material | See all certifications »

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16 December 2011 (USA)  »

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$125,000,000 (estimated)

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$39,637,079 (USA) (16 December 2011)

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$186,830,669 (USA) (30 March 2012)
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The medals Watson wears during his stag party are the Afghan War Medal (red and green ribbon) and the Kandahar Bronze Star (multi-colored striped ribbon), which would make Watson a veteran of the Second Afghan War (1878-1880). See more »

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When Holmes succumbs to his wounds as they make their escape on the train, Watson performs chest compressions and precordial thumps. Compressions were not utilized until 1960, and the thump was not instituted until over ten years later. See more »

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Dr. John Watson: [voice-over] The year was 1891. Storm clouds were brewing over Europe. France and Germany were at each other's throats, the result of a series of bombings. Some said it was the Nationalists. Others, the anarchists. But as usual, my friend Sherlock Holmes, had a different theory entirely.
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The Warner Bros/Village Roadshow/Silver Pictures logos, opening title, closing title and part of the closing credits appear in the pages of Dr. Watson's manuscript, with the latter two accompanied by illustrations of scenes from the film. See more »


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this is not a sherlock Holmes movie
20 January 2012 | by (vancouver, canada) – See all my reviews

this is an OK movie for goof ball action. it even might be a bit intelligent. some mega critics said that its inevitable that Sherlock should be modernized with action. i disagree. we have Indiana Jones, star wars, aliens etc of action that fits its ORIGINAL story line. would anyone love an Indiana Jones movie where he played in the park with his young son, a nice feel good family movie? they might but not if you called it an Indiana Jones movie, he is an action hero. super man needs to fly, the hulk needs to rage, Sherlock Holmes needs to solve mysteries. were we given any clues so we could play along? did Watson try to solve the clues on his own and always get them wrong? well, i don't remember much of that.

go ahead and make your action movies full of explosions, fights and the end of the world. when done with some smarts and common sense, they are great. i love them.

but when it comes to being Sherlock Holmes, stay with Arthur Conan Doyle character. he was original and deserves the credit for creating this character by leaving him the way he was born.

a few have said that this is what the new movie should be, that he has evolved. get a life please, there are a great many smart and intelligent movies made in the mystery genre that are very successful. so why mess with that formula? why? greed, the ignorant masses don't care and like being dumbed down by exploitation of action while smarter movies don't make as much money. having a familiar BIG character, BIG stars and BIG action makes BIG money. even if its not fair to the history.

well, its not like Hollywood from what ever country they film in cares about history. its one of Hollywood's biggest flaw. they can make good movies by messing with history, but haven't even better movies been made by not messing with it? even if Sherlock is fictional, messing with his character is like making sparkling good guy vampires.


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