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The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1987)

Sherlock Holmes is brought back to life by Watson's female descendant after being cryogenically frozen for eighty years.


Kevin Connor


Bob Shayne
2 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Margaret Colin ... Jane Watson
Michael Pennington ... Sherlock Holmes
Barry Morse ... Carter Morstan
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ... Hampton
Lila Kaye ... Ms. Houston
Ray Jewers Ray Jewers ... Singer
Shane Rimmer ... Stark
Nicholas Guest ... Toby
Sheila Brand 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 Nancy Paul


Sherlock Holmes is brought back to life by Watson's female descendant after being cryogenically frozen for eighty years.

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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 »


Jane Watson: That's an adult bookstore.
Sherlock Holmes: I am an adult.
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Remade as Sherlock Holmes Returns (1993) See more »


Rule Britannia
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Arranged by Ken Thorne
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More fun than almost all other Holmes movies
2 March 2008 | by FlushingCapsSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

10 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Pfeife in Amerika See more »

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