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Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) 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 (Nicholas Rowe) and John Watson (Alan Cox) 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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On his first murder case, a brilliant schoolboy is swept into a perilous adventure! See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1985 (USA) 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:

$2,538,234, 8 December 1985

Gross USA:

$19,739,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,739,575
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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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Trivia

The name of the English educational institution that Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) and John Watson (Alan Cox) attend was Brompton Academy in London. According to Alan Arnold's novelization, the school is located in South Kensington and the two are aged sixteen years. See more »

Goofs

Considering how cold it would need to be to freeze the water or the river/lake so thick, no one's breath is visible while they are outside. Especially so during the climactic fight at the end where the body temperatures would have risen. See more »

Quotes

Older Watson: We immediately sprang into action, searching every nook and cranny for the cloth. I accidentally turned on one of Waxflatter's strange machines, and not being at all mechanically-minded, I had the dickens of a time trying to turn the thing off.
Elizabeth Hardy: I found it! I found it!
Older Watson: Holmes spent the entire night and the following day studying, examining, scrutinising the section of cloth. He conducted experiment after experiment. Not once did he stop for a rest. His energy seemed boundless. Following eighteen...
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[opening credit] The following story is original and is not specifically based on the exploits of Sherlock Holmes as described in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. See more »

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Young Sherlock Holmes
18 June 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Intriguing story, not based on a Doyle idea, about the meeting of Sherlock Holmes and his good friend Watson. Even as youngsters, they unravel mysteries together and find themselves in constant mayhem and peril. Rowe is an outstanding young Sherlock, while Cox is an exceptional younger Watson. Barry Levinson directed this fun look at the master detective in his younger years.


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