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Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (characters), Chris Columbus (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Rowe ... Sherlock Holmes
Alan Cox ... John Watson
Sophie Ward ... Elizabeth Hardy
Anthony Higgins ... Professor Rathe
Susan Fleetwood ... Mrs. Dribb
Freddie Jones ... Chester Cragwitch
Nigel Stock ... Rupert T. Waxflatter
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Det. Sgt. Lestrade
Earl Rhodes ... Dudley
Brian Oulton ... Master Snelgrove
Patrick Newell ... Bentley Bobster
Donald Eccles ... The Reverend Duncan Nesbitt
Matthew Ryan Matthew Ryan ... Dudley's Friend
Matthew Blakstad Matthew Blakstad ... Dudley's Friend
Jonathan Lacey Jonathan Lacey ... Dudley's Friend
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Storyline

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet as boys in an English Boarding school. Holmes is known for his deductive ability even as a youth, amazing his classmates with his abilities. When they discover a plot to murder a series of British business men by an Egyptian cult, they move to stop it. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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On his first murder case, a brilliant schoolboy is swept into a perilous adventure! See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,538,000, 8 December 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,739,000
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Barry Levinson previously directed The Natural (1984) with Robert Duvall. Duvall had previously played Dr. Watson in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976). See more »

Goofs

None of the laced darts shot at but one of their victims are ever visible, and could not possible have travel such long distances without dropping significantly or being visible, especially when all the victims were wearing very thick winter clothing which would have been impossible to penetrate. See more »

Quotes

John Watson: Holmes, wait! I know why the bear is white!
Sherlock Holmes: And why is that, Watson?
John Watson: Well, the only room with an all-southern view would be at the North Pole. It's a polar bear!
Sherlock Holmes: Bravo, Watson. You have the makings of a great detective.
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Crazy Credits

[opening credit] The following story is original and is not specifically based on the exploits of Sherlock Holmes as described in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. See more »

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Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »

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What might have been if Holmes and Watson had met as school mates.
5 May 2006 | by tinman19602003See all my reviews

The crime solving team of teenagers Sherlock Holmes (Rowe) and John H Watson (Cox), prep school students by day, but crime solving sleuths at night.

When young John Watson starts mid term at a London Prep school, he is greeted first by a tall slender lad of about sixteen. Sherlock Holmes proceeds to tell Watson all about himself before they have exchanged hellos. The stunned Watson admires the older lad from that moment on.

At first reluctant to involve himself in Holmes schemes, Watson finds himself up to his neck in a series of murders, as he trots beside the lanky Holmes. When they rescue a man from nearly killing himself to destroy an imagined attack, they are told a strange tale of betrayal and vengeance. When he attempts to get Sergeant Lestrade (Ashton-Griffiths) involved in solving the murders of several men, Lestrade calls them suicides and angrily orders Holmes out of his office.

That is only the beginning of an adventure that takes the boys to the notorious Wapping district where a nefarious cult of murderous religious nuts, led by the cruel and mysterious Eh Tar (Higgins), is doing heinous things to young ladies, including - to his horror, Elizabeth Hardy (Ward) Sherlock's first love! The cast is excellent, the period London sets and costumes are great and the direction by Barry Levinson (The Natural, Rain Man) is commendable. All told, a satisfying entry into the Holmesian legend. Might be a bit intense for very young children but otherwise a fine family film. I Heartily recommend seeing this film.


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