Young Sherlock Holmes Movie Review

Young Sherlock Holmes

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


Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

Susan Fleetwood, Freddie Jones, Nigel Stock, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Earl Rhodes, Brian Oulton, Patrick Newell, Donald Eccles, Matthew Ryan, Matthew Blakstad, Jonathan Lacey, Walter Sparrow, Nadim Sawalha, Roger Brierley, Vivienne Chandler, Lockwood West Update Cast

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Anyone who waited around to watch the end credits would have seen the additional post-credit sequence where 'Rathe' enters a boarding house and signs in as 'Moriarty.' The arch-enemy of Holmes during the Arthur Conan-Doyle novels.

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Aided by the friendly narration of a youthful John Watson on his arrival at Boarding School, we come to meet a sixteen-year old Sherlock Holmes (NICHOLAS ROWE).

When his friend, the eccentric Professor Waxflatter dies in mysterious circumstances, Holmes, known for his deductive ability, suspects foul play. Expelled from his Boarding School on a false charge of cheating, Holmes is not supported by his hypnotic Role Model and Fencing Master 'Rathe' (ANTHONY HIGGINS).

Sneaking into Waxflatter's Study on campus, Holmes secretly begins to investigate the case. When he discovers a plot to murder a series of British Gentlemen (Waxflatter included) by an Egyptian cult, he moves to stop it.

The Game is Afoot.

Although easily comparable to Arabia rather than London, Holmes, his girlfriend Elizabeth (SOPHIE WARD) and Watson (ALAN COX) prowl the dank streets of the 'dangerous' Wapping area looking for clues related to the 'Rame Tep' organization. Armed only with a blowpipe recovered from the scene of the crime, they stumble upon the Temple Pyramid of the hideous cult. They are chased and hit by blowpipes, causing terrific hallucinations. The highlight of the movie occurs here as Watson is assaulted by a variety of naughty but nice animated cream cakes.

Piecing together clues like 'Eh Tar' - Waxflatter's final words, Holmes begins to suspect his former mentor Rathe! Elizabeth is in danger, the 'Rame Tep' need another young girl for sacrifice and his only option is to bring down the Temple like a pack of cards.

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Often panned for tampering with an existing legend, I've always thought the movie was a little gem. British actor Nicholas Rowe, perhaps last seen shooting his foot off in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, provides a wonderful lanky centerpiece for the movie. Support from Alan Cox as the young buffoon Watson is equally enjoyable.

The film uses some imaginative Special Effects in its hallucination scenes bringing some fascinating horror and supernatural interest to the legend. The script is well written by Colombus who penned some very quotable 'tongue-in-cheek' comedy here. He also finds many interesting ways to incorporate the later trademarks of Holmes such as the violin playing and the deer hunter & pipe.

A warm but fairly dark chunk of pure magic. The Bourneville of Speilbergian Cinema.

Good solid script, acting and effects.
Something missing that denies it true classic status...

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Key Crew

Director: Barry Levinson
Writer: Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Columbus
Producers: Harry Benn, Mark Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg, Henry Winkler
Locations Manager: Steven Lawrence

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Release Date: 04 Dec 1985
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Paramount Pictures / Amblin
Production: Amblin Entertainment, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Paramount Pictures
Genre: Action / Adventure

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1985 Paramount Pictures / Amblin
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