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Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (characters), Chris Columbus (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Rowe ... Sherlock Holmes
Alan Cox ... John Watson
Sophie Ward ... Elizabeth Hardy
Anthony Higgins ... Professor Rathe
Susan Fleetwood ... Mrs. Dribb
Freddie Jones ... Chester Cragwitch
Nigel Stock ... Rupert T. Waxflatter
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Det. Sgt. Lestrade
Earl Rhodes ... Dudley
Brian Oulton ... Master Snelgrove
Patrick Newell ... Bentley Bobster
Donald Eccles ... The Reverend Duncan Nesbitt
Matthew Ryan Matthew Ryan ... Dudley's Friend
Matthew Blakstad Matthew Blakstad ... Dudley's Friend
Jonathan Lacey Jonathan Lacey ... Dudley's Friend
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Storyline

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet as boys in an English Boarding school. Holmes is known for his deductive ability even as a youth, amazing his classmates with his abilities. When they discover a plot to murder a series of British business men by an Egyptian cult, they move to stop it. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Before a lifetime of adventure, they lived the adventure of a lifetime. See more »


Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1986 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,538,000, 8 December 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,739,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

On the front cover for the novelization, the O in Holmes is a magnifying glass; on some Nintendo DS games about Sherlock Holmes, it does the same thing with the title. See more »

Goofs

It is clear that Waxflatter's flying machine, regardless of the "wing being made of the wrong material", was always completely incapable of flying, not only because of faulty construction but because sustained flight at the low speed Holmes and Watson were "flying" to save Elizabeth would have been impossible because the wingspan was ridiculously short. This is also revealed during filming as being suspended by cables. See more »

Quotes

[Holmes and Watson visit an Egyptian style Tavern]
Egyptian Tavern Owner: What can I get for you, boys? Drink, food, women?
John Watson: Do you have any soup?
Sherlock Holmes: Watson, please!
[removing the blowpipe from his pocket]
Sherlock Holmes: Have you ever seen this before?
Egyptian Tavern Owner: [looking at the blowpipe] Rame Tep! Rame Tep! Rame Tep! Rame Tep! Rame Tep!
[the tavern falls silent]
John Watson: [turning to face Holmes] Is that the end of the song?
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the end credits, the action follows a horsedrawn sleigh en route to an unknown destination. In last shot, the audience becomes privy to the surprise identity of the passenger, a key figure in Sherlockiana. See more »

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Elementary Good Fun!
2 June 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

What if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a story where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson met as adolescents? What if he made it a very suspenseful mystery that explanied may of the great sleuth's character traits and stylistic characterisics? What if...well, he did not, but screenwriter Chris Columbus, director Barry Levinson, and producer Steven Spielberg do bring us a fine film that does these things called Young Sherlock Holmes. Young Sherlock Holmes is the meeting of fantasy film and classic literature, and it is a meeting that coexists very nicely. The great detective meets his future colleague and friend Dr. Watson in a London prep school amidst the mystery of what six men did many years ago in Egypt. Several of the men begin to die in horrible, inexplicable ways, and the young Holmes suspects mischief. The film is a veritable treasure trove of Sherlock Holmes allusions. The film is fast-paced, fun, fantastical, and creates insights into why Holmes developed emotionally the way he did. Nicholas Rowe does a superb job playing Holmes, bringing to the role intelligence as well as compassion. Alan Cox does an equally good job playing his young sidekick and doctor to be. The special effects are first-rate, yet in no way detract from the Victorian world of Doyle and Holmes and Watson. Start watching and it will not be long before you'll be saying, "The game is afoot!"


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