Young Sherlock Holmes
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Young Sherlock Holmes

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Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Barry Levinson, Nicolas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward


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Barry Levinson directed this mystery-adventure concerning the youthful adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, which has been given a simple presentation for its DVD release. Young Sherlock Holmes has been transferred to disc in the letterboxed format, in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9…  See more details below


Barry Levinson directed this mystery-adventure concerning the youthful adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, which has been given a simple presentation for its DVD release. Young Sherlock Holmes has been transferred to disc in the letterboxed format, in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. The English-language audio has been remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround playback, while a dubbed French track appears in Dolby Digital Mono. No bonus materials have been included for this edition.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
One part Sherlock Holmes and one part Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Barry Levinson's odd film gets both elements right, but fails to combine them in an interesting way. The first half of the film, detailing the introduction of the young Holmes and Watson, contains smart, atmospheric work that manages to entertain children and adults while staying as true as possible to these beloved fictional characters. Nicolas Rowe is as good a Holmes as any. He has dark, soulful eyes that betray the pain of a tortured soul. One can easily imagine him growing up to be the drug-addicted genius Doyle created. Alan Cox is a pleasure as the chubby, bespectacled Watson. He gets the best scene in the film when, after being shot with a strong hallucinogenic, the sweet-toothed Watson is attacked by a vicious group of pastries (the sequence is both scary and funny). The second half of the film turns into a Spielberg-like action film. While the effects are superb and the action is well directed, these scenes feel out of place after the witty, well-acted beginning of the film. Young Sherlock Holmes is fascinating entertainment that seems to lack enough faith in either itself or its intended audience to see its entertaining premise fully to the end. Baker Street Irregulars who stay through the credits will be rewarded with a wonderful little twist.

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; English subtitles; Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround; English Dolby surround; Restored French mono

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director
Harry Benn Associate Producer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Charles Bishop Art Director
Marc Boyle Stunts
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Chris Columbus Screenwriter
Nick Dudman Makeup
Michael Ford Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
Fred Hole Art Director
Raymond Hughes Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Johnson Producer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Stu Linder Editor
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Dennis Muren Special Effects
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
Peter Robb-King Makeup
Jane Royle Makeup
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Kit West Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Holiday Tidings [7:23]
2. An Extraordinary Individual [7:18]
3. No Better Pupil [5:05]
4. The Knight [4:16]
5. The Game Is Afoot [8:29]
6. One Last Duel [3:26]
7. Never Trust the Obvious [10:06]
8. Searching for Clues [6:19]
9. Tip of the Iceberg [12:04]
10. A Great Detective [5:25]
11. The Only Surviving Member [7:40]
12. The Ring [6:15]
13. The Fifth Princess [7:32]
14. Battle of Emotions [9:17]
15. Merry Christmas [8:07]


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Young Sherlock Holmes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why on earth do people say that this is a bad movie?? Not you guys, but on other sites. Why did it only come out in 1985?! Why not now? Now I can't find any picture galleries or anything... I found some, but they're small. I want a Nicholas Rowe wallpaper! I know no-one is probably going to read this, but... WATCH IT!!!!!! It has some annoying moments, but it's actually so deep...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was abtsolutly brilliant! It was well written and the actors were out of this world!
londonquill More than 1 year ago
While some of aspects of the plot were a little too exagerated to be realistic, and the narration a bit excessive, this was an entertaing and endearing "What if" story about young Holmes and Watson. It offers a look at more innocent and happy Holmes who is still perfecting his famous skills and while Watson is the comic relief via his blundering he is still more acurate to the cannon than most other movie versions. Their are some charming introductions to classic Holmes icon, the pipe, the hat, catch phrases without being too cheesy. It is a very good movie to introduce kids to Sherlock Holmes and for adults well versed the orginal stories. It must be watched to the complete end for the full affect.
Natrebo More than 1 year ago
This piece of 80s escapism from producer Steve Spielberg was always a favorite of mine growing up. It's got a perfect mixture of mystery, special effects, and scares to excite a 12 year old boy, but does it hold up? You bet it does! It also includes a wonderful score by Bruce Broughton that is a plus! So grab some popcorn and turn off the lights and remember what is was like to be 12 years old!
Moya_Sestra More than 1 year ago
I went in skeptical, but the movie soon proved me wrong. It has a wonderful balance of humor, suspense, and ...sad stuff. The special effects are good, and it does a wonderful job of explaining why Holmes is the way he is in the other stories. If you liked "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" you'll love this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so well done. Why no sequels?? The lead actor is so magnificent--Where are you now?? The lead actor would be an outstanding Doctor Who. All in all Paramount missed it by not making sequels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an adult as well and remember watching this movie when I was a young kid. I have enjoyed the movie,the great effects and great story line. I would recommend anyone who hasn't seen Young Sherlock Holmes to watch it. Its long overdue being on DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was 7 when I first saw this movie. Ever scence then I have loved to read and watch anything that has to do with Sherlock Holmes. This move is a bit scary for the younger kids but for sure an excellent piece of work.Very intense. You get to see Holmes in his Elemtery years. Great sound track as well. I only with that it would be released on DVD widescreen format. I would buy it in an instant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie in 5th grade, and fell in love with it ever since. Not only is the plot one of the best developed plots in movie history but the music and special effects are breathtaking. Now I am a junior in high school, and it is still my favorite movie. My personal favorite scene is the Rametep temple, which I have probably seen over 500 times by now (I am on my 4th copy of the movie b/c the other 3 are too ruined to watch) This is a terrific movie for all ages and walks of life. ~~~RAMETEP FOREVER~~~
Guest More than 1 year ago
A few times all the elements involved in the slow and complex process of making a film (the screenplay, the casting, the art direction, the cinematographer, the soundtrack...) become, because a strange fact that no one can explain, a perfect unity able to create a big and true illusion. This is one of that rare times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched 'Young Sherlock Holmes' for the first time about a month ago, and then I watched it again... and again... and again...., well you get the picture. I have alwas loved Sherlock Holmes, And this movie kept in with the Doyle tradition. The idea of Holmes and Watson as adolescents greatly appeals to my 13-year-old mind, but that's elementary, isn't it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so enjoy this movie. It needs to be released in DVD widescreem format.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i reallly loved this movie. all my friends looked at me weird when i showed them a picture of Nicholas Rowe, my friend, who usually claims the guys i like, let me have Rowe. i she fought, id take her down anyway ^.^
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film needs to be released on DVD. Especially considering the success of the Chris Columbus (wrote the script for YSH) who is the director of the Harry Potter movies. The Bruce Broughton score (Silverado) is also especially good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am no longer a young boy, I'm a ''grown up'', and I do my ''grown up'' things in a ''grown up'' way, but there's one thing that returns me to that absolute joyful giddiness of being a kid and that is 'Young Sherlock Holmes & The Pyramid of Fear'. In my opinion one of the greatest adventure films for kids (And adults), imaginative, witty, gloriously filmed, and acted to perfection by a collection of unfortunate 'Where Are They Now?'s. In light of 'Harry Potter' and the trumping it has received, despite Mr. Potter's flaccid special effects, ersatz design and painful acting from the entire cast, I feel that 'Young Sherlock' deserves to be embraced at last. A lost classic, a true piece of virtuoso entertainment. Joy in its purest form.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is what triggered my interest in Holmes, and I think that it was brilliantly done. Everyone is very in character, and the storyline is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Get a feeling of how was your favourite hero when he was a teenager. You can find out why he was alone, how he meet doctor watson. The soundtrack is terrific