Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)




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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.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Horror , Kids & Family , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Pictures

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

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (1)

This is the origin story for the world's first consulting detective that Conan Doyle was never considerate enough to write for us...

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Flick Filosopher

The idea to center on Holmes and Watson as young men is good and original but the execution is rather poor and Levinson's direction is impersonal.

Full Review… | June 30, 2005

Squanders its start as a charming character study.

August 21, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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Full Review… | October 13, 2010

While the finale is overcooked, the characterizations are wonderful, the f/x spectacular, and the overall mood both romantic and suspenseful.

January 4, 2010

Audience Reviews for Young Sherlock Holmes

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 Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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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
Aj V

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Not nearly as interesting and fun as I remembered it.

Robert C
Robert C

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