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Young Sherlock Holmes

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When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.6/10 (8,795 voted)

Barry Levinson

Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet as boys in an English Boarding school. Holmes is known for his deductive ability even as a youth, amazing his classmates with his abilities. When they discover a plot to murder a series of British business men by an Egyptian cult, they move to stop it.

Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Columbus


Nicholas Rowe

Sherlock Holmes

Alan Cox

John Watson

Sophie Ward

Elizabeth Hardy

Anthony Higgins

Professor Rathe

Susan Fleetwood

Mrs. Dribb

Freddie Jones


Nigel Stock


Roger Ashton-Griffiths


Earl Rhodes


Brian Oulton

Master Snelgrove

Patrick Newell

Bentley Bobster

Donald Eccles

The Reverend Duncan Nesbitt

Matthew Ryan

Dudley's Friend

Matthew Blakstad

Dudley's Friend

Jonathan Lacey

Dudley's Friend

Before a lifetime of adventure, they had the adventure of a lifetime.

Release Date: 4 December 1985

Filming Locations: Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Leicestershire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000


Opening Weekend: $2,538,000
(8 December 1985)
(920 Screens)

Gross: $19,739,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Actor Alan Cox, who played John Watson, went through a growth spurt during filming. In the later scenes of the film, he is seen shot more frequently in a slight distance or seated, and actors around him were standing on risers.


Eh-tar grabs the tassels of the waxing machine four times in the second temple scene.


[Waxflatter has crashed his flying machine into a tree]

[looking around]
A very hopeful sign. Very hopeful!

User Review

Elementary Good Fun!


What if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a story where Sherlock Holmes and Dr.
John Watson met as adolescents? What if he made it a very suspenseful
mystery that explanied may of the great sleuth's character traits and
stylistic characterisics? What if…well, he did not, but screenwriter
Chris Columbus, director Barry Levinson, and producer Steven Spielberg do
bring us a fine film that does these things called Young Sherlock Holmes.
Young Sherlock Holmes is the meeting of fantasy film and classic literature,
and it is a meeting that coexists very nicely. The great detective meets
his future colleague and friend Dr. Watson in a London prep school amidst
the mystery of what six men did many years ago in Egypt. Several of the men
begin to die in horrible, inexplicable ways, and the young Holmes suspects
mischief. The film is a veritable treasure trove of Sherlock Holmes
allusions. The film is fast-paced, fun, fantastical, and creates insights
into why Holmes developed emotionally the way he did. Nicholas Rowe does a
superb job playing Holmes, bringing to the role intelligence as well as
compassion. Alan Cox does an equally good job playing his young sidekick
and doctor to be. The special effects are first-rate, yet in no way detract
from the Victorian world of Doyle and Holmes and Watson. Start watching and
it will not be long before you'll be saying, "The game is