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Sherlock (2002)

Early in his crime-solving career, Sherlock Holmes attempts to prevent Moriarty from cornering the heroin market.


Graham Theakston


Piers Ashworth, Arthur Conan Doyle (characters)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James D'Arcy ... Sherlock Holmes
Roger Morlidge ... Dr. Watson
Gabrielle Anwar ... Rebecca Doyle
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Moriarty
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Insp. Lestrade
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ... Henry Coot
Richard E. Grant ... Mycroft
Struan Rodger ... Ben Harrington
Mihai Bisericanu Mihai Bisericanu ... Sgt. Cox
Sandu Mihai Gruia Sandu Mihai Gruia ... Dr. Cruickshank (as Mihai Gruia Sandu)
Constantin Barbulescu Constantin Barbulescu ... Captor #1 (as Costi Barbulescu)
Doru Dumitrescu Doru Dumitrescu ... Captor #2
Constantin Vasilescu Constantin Vasilescu ... Goldie Duggan
Corneliu Tigancu Corneliu Tigancu ... Chinese Proprietor
Fritha Goodey Fritha Goodey ... Anna


The game is afoot. This made for cable movie focuses on the young 20-something Sherlock Holmes. As the movie opens, Sherlock is in pursuit of the evil Moriarty and apparently shoots him to death, but his body cannot be found as he falls in a sewer. Ah, but anyone who knows the Holmes mythos knows that Moriarty is not so easily killed. Nonetheless, Holmes gains notoriety with the press and the police for his apparent killing of the evil Moriarty. This accomplishment brings him into the company of Dr. Watson, an early practitioner of autopsies, for the first time. Together, they start an investigation into the murder of several crimelords and become convinced that Moriarty is alive and behind a plot to organize drug dealing. Given that Moriarty is supposedly dead, Holmes finds it hard to convince Inspector Lestrade. Holmes investigation leads him to a beautiful prostitute, who posed as a rich woman to lure Holmes into the plot. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Forget Everything You Know About Sherlock Holmes See more »

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Rated R for violence, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »



USA | Romania | UK



Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock: Case of Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Sherlock and Mycroft describe a man on the street during their 'old game', the dialogue is taken practically word for word from Arthur Conan Doyle's short story 'The Greek Interpreter', which introduced Mycroft. See more »


We are shown two newspaper front pages. The date of the first newspaper is Tuesday October 2, 1886. The actual day was Saturday 2nd. The second newspaper was dated Wednesday October 17, 1886. The actual day was Sunday 17th. See more »

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10 April 2004 | by RobinSissonSee all my reviews

I saw this movie recently with the very greatest of hopes.

I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for as long as I can remember, so when I saw the box for this film on the shelves at my local video store, I yanked it up without even looking at the synopsis on the back. After watching the movie, I might have enjoyed the synopsis more...a LOT more.

The characters were two-dimensional and under-developed at very best: no depth at all was brought to any one of them, but for the struggling Rebecca Doyle, portrayed by Gabrielle Anwar...and in this setting, finding anything to like about her was a struggle. James D'Arcy never even saw the mark in attempting to bring humanity to the legendary Holmes; he just came off weak and vacillating in D'Arcy's hands. Vincent D'Onofrio - of whom I am an incredible fan normally, and who is notoriously known as "the Human Chameleon" for his most uncanny ability to lose himself in a role - just phoned this performance in, when I'd have loved to have seen a far more layered interpretation of this legendary bad guy. Roger Morlidge does a serviceable job of Dr. Watson, but it's just not enough.

The plot was presumptuous of far too much detail relevant to the Holmes legend to introduce such intricacies as the reasoning behind the heroin addiction suffered by he and his brother, without providing much substantive sub-plot to make it plausible...or even make us care.

The fencing battles between Holmes and Moriarty are well-executed, but only consume a cumulative twenty minutes of the film at the very most.

Writer Piers Ashworth didn't think outside the box in his creation of this "new perspective", he just created a new box and hopped right in. Director Graham Theakston didn't seem to even attempt to transcend the poor scripting with crafty, smart, or inspiring visuals.

I just didn't get it.

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