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Mr. Holmes (2015)

PG | | Drama, Mystery | 24 July 2015 (USA)
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An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia, as he tries to remember his final case, and a mysterious woman, whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.

Director:

Bill Condon

Writers:

Mitch Cullin (novel), Jeffrey Hatcher (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... Sherlock Holmes
Laura Linney ... Mrs. Munro
Milo Parker ... Roger
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Tamiki Umezaki
Hattie Morahan ... Ann Kelmot
Patrick Kennedy ... Thomas Kelmot
Roger Allam ... Dr. Barrie
Phil Davis ... Inspector Gilbert
Frances de la Tour ... Madame Schirmer (as Frances De La Tour)
Charles Maddox ... Oswald
Takako Akashi Takako Akashi ... Maya Umezaki
Zak Shukor ... Masuo Umezaki
John Sessions ... Mycroft Holmes
Michael Culkin ... Bank Manager
David Foxxe David Foxxe ... Chemist
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Storyline

The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her young son. But then he finds himself haunted by a thirty-year old case. Holmes memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, and a secret bond with his beautiful, but unstable wife.

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son | memory | mother | nest | anger | See All (148) »

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After a lifetime of detective work, there's one mystery left to solve: his own. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sir Ian McKellen is the second actor to play both Sherlock Holmes and a Marvel character after Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; McKellen played Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto, in the X-Men film franchise. Benedict Cumberbatch, of Sherlock (2010), playing Doctor Strange (2016), would make Cumberbatch the third. Sir Ian McKellen has worked with fellow "Sherlock Holmes" actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Christopher Lee in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1947 prior to the nationalization of the railways, but the train in the opening sequence has the British Railways post-1956 crest on the tender and is hauling British Railways Standard Mark 1 carriages which were not introduced onto the railways until 1951. The engine hauling the train is an ex-LMS Railway Jubilee Class locomotive which would not have been seen in Sussex which was served by the Southern Railway in 1947. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: You shouldn't do that. Tap the glass.
Boy: How did you know I was going to?
Boy's Mother: You must forgive my son, he loves bees.
Sherlock Holmes: It isn't a bee, it's a wasp. Different thing entirely.
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Connections

Referenced in La noche de...: Mr Holmes (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Tea Ceremony
Composed by Graham de Wilde
Provided by APM Music
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Gentle, lyrical and thoughtful
4 January 2016 | by bot-kao-104-230568See all my reviews

I genuinely had no idea what to expect from this film as I knew so little about it. OK, so it has Sherlock Holmes as the lead character and I naturally assumed that it would be some crime solving caper. Boy was I wrong, but pleasantly so. The premise of the film is simple - what happens to the famous Sherlock Holmes in his twilight years, if he were to suffer from senility... and no it's not a comedy nor is it a depressing film. It's an evenly-paced, gentle, well-written character study of a fiercely intelligent man trying to hold on to the use of his brilliant mind to recount the details of his final case. If I could use one word to describe this film - contemplative. It's a series of vignettes, each with its own little mystery, all seemingly unconnected at first, until it gradually all comes together. Ian McKellen is, as always, fantastic and perfectly cast in the titular role but the most intriguing character is the subject of Holmes' final case, wonderfully portrayed by Hattie Morahan as Ann Kelmot. Also love the moody soundtrack by Carter Burwell. Very good film, thoughtful with striking images of the British countryside.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Japanese | French

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Sussex, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,434,908, 19 July 2015

Gross USA:

$17,737,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,355,203
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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