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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

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

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$186,848,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$545,448,418
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Wolf Kahler (Dr. Hoffmansthal) also played the King of Bohemia (Irene Adler's former lover) in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia (1984) with Jeremy Brett as Holmes. See more »

Goofs

Moriarty is reading The Daily Graphic newspaper. While the decoration of figures on the top banner matches the London newspaper of the same era, the one in the film added a motto of "An Illustrated Newspaper", which does not seem to be on the British paper. We know this is a British paper (1890-96) because of the spelling of "jeopardised", and because "London" is written at the top. However, it is the American (New York) newspaper of the same name, founded first in 1873), that touted itself as "An Evening Illustrated Newspaper". Where those words are written for the American newspaper, we can find "One Penny" in the British paper. See more »

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[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

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 »


Soundtracks

Accelerationen, Op. 234/Wiener Blut (Vienna Blood)
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Re-orchestration by Aleksey Igudesman & Dominic Lewis
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Disjointed, lousy sequel
26 December 2011 | by tasev1See all my reviews

Let me get this out of the way first: I loved the first film. In fact, for this one I had high hopes especially since we were finally dealing with Moriarty.

This film severely disappointed me. The story was disjointed, and there was no clear direction of that story until the very end. They used their iconic cinematography, wild action scenes, and silly humour to carry the film nowhere to the point that both my friend and I were actually bored of it. And that, unfortunately killed the ending for us during which we did not care at all for the characters nor for what kind of ending the film carried. I never read any original Sherlock stories, but I found that Robert's portrayal, though well acted, was excessively "OCD" and "insane" - far more than the first film.

I'll be honest - I far more enjoyed Brent Spiner and his co-star portraying these characters on Star Trek the Next Generation than this film.


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