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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

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Detective Sherlock Holmes is on the trail of criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, who is carrying out a string of random crimes across Europe.

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Guy Ritchie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law ... Dr. John Watson
Noomi Rapace ... Madam Simza Heron
Rachel McAdams ... Irene Adler
Jared Harris ... Professor James Moriarty
Stephen Fry ... Mycroft Holmes
Paul Anderson ... Colonel Sebastian Moran
Kelly Reilly ... Mary Watson
Geraldine James ... Mrs. Hudson
Eddie Marsan ... Inspector Lestrade
William Houston ... Constable Clark
Wolf Kahler ... Doctor Hoffmanstahl
Iain Mitchell Iain Mitchell ... Auctioneer
Jack Laskey ... Carruthers
Patricia Slater Patricia Slater ... Shush Club Maitre D'
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | French | Italian | German | Romany

Release Date:

16 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,637,079, 18 December 2011

Gross USA:

$186,848,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$543,848,418
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly were also in the series True Detective (2015) together. They do not share any scenes together in this film. See more »

Goofs

The head stamp on the cartridge used to fire the poison dart is marked ".222 REM." The .222 Remington cartridge wasn't introduced until 1950. See more »

Quotes

[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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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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Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik
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by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Sherlock at the movies
29 January 2012 | by remedy305See all my reviews

Doesn't matter how you look at it, this movie is darn good fun. I loved it from opening credits to the close. So what if the acting is a bit over the top, so what if there are probably too many explosions and bullets and bombs. The end result is a thoroughly entertaining 2 hours at the movies with popcorn and Pearl and Dean ads. Moriarty is sufficiently creepy and played with restraint, Holmes is completely over the top but for me if its Robert Downey Jr there are no complaints. The story keeps moving and the action is terrific. The story is loosely based on the last book of the Conan Doyle's first series of Holmes stories ending with the famous Reisenbach Falls in Switzerland. It also gives a great image of early 20th century on the brink of the first world war. If you want to enjoy a good story with great imagery and costume then you will enjoy this, if you are looking for Sherlock ( wonderfully called Shirley by Mycroft ) as Conan Doyle intended then you may be disappointed.


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