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Young Sherlock Holmes

Mystery & Suspense movie directed by Barry Levinson

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imaginative and thrilling Victorian-era adventure

  • May 16, 2006
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES is a very imaginative and entertaining addition to the Holmes Saga, detailing the boyhood of Holmes and Watson and their first brush with their most dangerous adversary...

As the story opens, Watson is the new mid-term arrival at Brompton, a boarding-school in the heart of Victorian-era London, where he quickly makes friends with charismatic senior student Sherlock Holmes.

On a quest to discover the reason why his mentor Waxflatter apparently killed himself, Holmes (Nicholas Rowe), girlfriend Elizabeth (Sophie Ward) and Watson (Alan Cox) are swept up into a horrifying adventure when they uncover a sinister revival of an Egyptian cult.

Filmed in 1985 (a fabulous time for fantasy films with "Return to Oz", "The Goonies", and "Labyrinth" also pushing the boundaries of the genre), YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES barely broke even when it was originally released and was supposed to have been the first entry in a new film franchise detailing the further exploits of Holmes and Watson as adolescents. The series was aborted but the following and admiration of this movie has only grown throughout the years. The entire cast is superb (and also features veteran British talents Susan Fleetwood, Freddie Jones, Nigel Stock and Anthony Higgins).

Check out this wonderful gem of a movie.

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review by . March 26, 2009
This movie has been repeatedly underrated since it came out in 1985 and for no good reason. It has strong writing, directing, acting and setting, and a balanced dose of mystery, fantasy, reality and adventure.    Sherlock Holmes, a young man still in school, faces a mystery that involves an old religious cult that may be responsible for the recent, strange murders taking place in London. Watson is the narrator of the story. He has just arrived at Sherlock's school, and fascinated by the …
review by . September 19, 2000
Pros: Everything!     Cons: It ended.     Where did Holmes and Watson first meet? Why did Holmes wear that deerhunter cap and why such a large pipe? Why did Holmes never seek love?   This movie may have taken a rather large artistic license, but they made such a wonderful and imaginative tale!      (I love Sherlock Holmes, he's one of my addictions from early years, and I still go back to Sir Arthur's works. They are a must for …
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Byron has been actively involved in theatre since the age of 12. He has had a great variety of roles (both on-stage and off). In addition he has hosted the long-running "Show Business" programme … more
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