Young Sherlock Holmes

1985

Young Sherlock Holmes

Critics Consensus

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

67%

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Total Count: 21

63%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 11,230
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Also released under the title Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear, this film follows the adventures of young John Watson (Alan Cox) when he is shipped off to boarding school and meets up with the brilliantly bizarre Sherlock Holmes (Nicolas Rowe). The two boys strike up a friendship and promptly become involved in the investigation of a number of mysterious murders. When their curiosity gets them into trouble with a dangerous religious cult, Watson and Holmes must struggle to avoid capture while attempting to notify the authorities.

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Cast

Nicolas Rowe
as Sherlock Holmes
Nicholas Rowe
as Sherlock Holmes
Alan Cox
as John Watson
Sophie Ward
as Elizabeth
Susan Fleetwood
as Mrs. Dribb
Freddie Jones
as Cragwitch
Nigel Stock
as Waxflatter
Brian Oulton
as Master Snelgrove
Donald Eccles
as Rev. Nesbitt
Matthew Ryan
as Dudley's Friend
Matthew Blaksted
as Dudley's Friend
Jonathan Lacey
as Dudley's Friend
Walter Sparrow
as Ethan Engle
Nadim Sawalha
as Egyptian Tavern Owner
Roger Brierley
as Mr. Holmes
Vivienne Chandler
as Mrs. Holmes
Lockwood West
as Curio Shop Owner
John Scott Martin
as Cemetery Caretaker
George Malpas
as School Porter
Willoughby Goddard
as School Reverend
Michael Cule
as Policeman with Lestrade
Ralph Tabakin
as Policeman in Shop Window
Nancy Nevinson
as Hotel Receptionist
Michael Hordern
as Older Watson
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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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