Young Sherlock Holmes 1985

Young Sherlock Holmes

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Young Sherlock Holmes is a charming, if unnecessarily flashy, take on the master sleuth.

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A teenage Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) meets and befriends his future sidekick, the bemused and bespectacled John Watson (Alan Cox). During their first semester of boarding school, a series of deaths occur on campus. Intrigued by the crime, Holmes looks into it and soon comes to suspect a poisonous hallucinogen. And then, in the midst of their investigation, Holmes and Watson stumble on a bizarre cult with a penchant for human sacrifice -- after which they must struggle to escape.

Cast & Crew

Nicholas Rowe
Sherlock Holmes
Alan Cox
John Watson
Sophie Ward
Elizabeth Hardy
Nigel Stock
Waxflatter
Michael Hordern
Older Watson
Voice
Kathleen Kennedy
Executive Producer
Frank Marshall
Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Mark Johnson
Producer
Bruce Broughton
Original Music
Stephen Goldblatt
Cinematographer
Stu Linder
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Critic Reviews for Young Sherlock Holmes

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Audience Reviews for Young Sherlock Holmes

  • Oct 22, 2012
    Strangely enough the birthplace of modern digital effects. <i>Tron</i> began the digitization of the celluloid screen, but <i>Young Sherlock Holmes</i> first blended animated objects and creatures into the everyday world and not just in some abstract universe. The results, like the stained-glass knight, were eye-popping in their day.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2012
    I might have loved this more if I didn't love Sherlock Holmes. But, I do. The plot seemed hopelessly contrived and the acting--with the notable exception of Watson--wooden. The sets were good, though, as were the costumes.
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2011
    I actually really enjoyed this. I perfer this to the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes flicks and I thought those were a lot of fun!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2011
    Described as "fan-fiction" by my Sherlock Holmes book fan brother, and by me as "a good kids movie". Yes, the film makes it perfectly clear, twice, that this story is not part of any of the books about Holmes, or anything written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at all. But that doesn't make it a horrible movie. It has some good action scenes, and it's structured as a normal kids mystery movie with both foreseen and unforeseen twists at the end. I'm not saying it was a good movie either, though. It has its share of boring talky scenes, but at least they made me laugh sometimes. Overall, it's an okay movie, not too bad, but not good either.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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