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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.

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Cast

Nicholas Rowe
as Sherlock Holmes
Nicolas 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

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

Squanders its start as a charming character study.

August 21, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Like a peacock showing its bright colours. Sadly, it's all about show, not substance.

July 20, 2004
Apollo Guide

Reveals that Holmes' true love is tortured to death in a big-budget extravaganza that provided the bastard sire for Jar Jar Binks.

Full Review… | July 6, 2004
Film Freak Central

Big, silly, loud, nicely designed, and occasionally enjoyable.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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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