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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Inspector Lestrade
Constable Clark
Doctor Hoffmanstahl
Iain Mitchell ...
Patricia Slater ...
Shush Club Maitre D'


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes 2  »


Box Office


$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,637,079, 18 December 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this film, Sherlock Holmes is thirty-seven years old. Robert Downey, Jr. was forty-six when this movie was released. See more »


The pistol that Claude Ravache (Thierry Neuvic) shoots himself with in 1891 is a French Mle 1892 Revolver that was in service from 1892 and 1924 and was issued to officers in the French Army, Navy, and National Gendarmerie, amongst others. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

During the ending credits, excerpts from the Doyle story "The Final Problem" are shown. ("The Final Problem" was the basis for the movie.) See more »


Followed by Sherlock Holmes 3 See more »


Fischerweise, D.881
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Irmgard Seefried
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH (Germany)
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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User Reviews

NO disappointment in this sequel
23 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

Talking about sequels, more often than not, they are disappointment compared to the original. But this team has done again. They brought back the sequel with quality. I enjoyed this film as much as I did in the first part. The action, thrill, intelligence, all are placed perfectly in this film. The screenplay and making pattern is pretty much same as the first part and story moving in good pace. The main characters did a fantastic job once again. Holmes and Watson chemistry is perfect and delivered a great performance. Here I really like the way how the hero and villain play their games, both are very clever and the equality was very interesting. Simply, if you liked the first part, just go for this one. This is perfect entertainment and No disappointments.

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