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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.

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Bill Condon

Writers:

Mitch Cullin (novel), Jeffrey Hatcher (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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UK | USA

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English | Japanese | French

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Slight Trick of the Mind See more »

Filming Locations:

Sussex, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (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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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sir Ian McKellen didn't research Sherlock Holmes stories in preparation for his role. McKellen claimed that he learned his lesson the hard way, making The Lord of the Rings trilogy, that it was nothing more than a distraction, knowing the source material, and constantly questioning what changes were made for the script. See more »

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When Holmes sees a black and white movie based on one of Watson's stories, the graphics look too crisp to have been made in the 1940s. See more »

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[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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References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »

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A tribute to the elderly Great Detective
16 July 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Be honest … would you be excited to see a film if it were described as follows: "A grumpy 93 year old man struggles with his failing mind and deteriorating body as he tends to his beehives during retirement in a small coastal town". Chances are that synopsis would cause you to skip on to whatever else is showing at the theatre. However, a single revelation would likely change your mind … the elderly man is actually legendary detective Sherlock Holmes.

Ian McKellen stars and holds little back as he portrays the elderly Holmes trying to reconcile the past, the present and his failing health. And yes, there is one last case to solve … only it's the last case he actually solved 35 years earlier. Sadly, Holmes can't recall how that case ended, and the fictionalized version written by his friend John Watson offers no resolution.

We first see Holmes as he returns from an international trip – a trip that seems a bit out of place with the rest of the movie; at least until it circles back near the end of the film. In fact, we get quite a bit of back and forth between the present and past, and McKellen pulls off both the elder and much younger Holmes … though his performance as the faltering, frail one-time genius is Oscar caliber.

Laura Linney plays his housekeeper, but it's her son Roger (Milo Parker) who jells with Holmes and re-kindles that twinkle in the eye. The scenes with Roger and Holmes provide poignancy and humor, and also the dose of reality so necessary to a film focusing on a living legend.

Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) directs the film, which is based on the novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin, and pretty quickly pulls the rug out from under us on the iconic deerstalker cap and the ever-present pipe. Still, only the staunchest, least-flexible fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character will be turned off by this mostly gentle and insightful look at aging – and a reminder that even fictional geniuses grow old.

Baker Street makes an appearance, as does the charred and blackened Hiroshima site, and a blurry Dr. Watson. Don't expect the frantic pace of Robert Downey, Jr or the elegant precision of Basil Rathbone and Benedict Cumberbatch. Instead, enjoy the subtle moments, the wry smiles and the valiant attempt to bring a mortal end to the seemingly immortal Great Detective … with a few clues tossed in for good fun.


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