Young Sherlock Holmes

Young Sherlock Holmes

Barry Levinson (1985)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Director Barry Levinson, working for Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin, gives a sensational, even supernatural, slant to this supposed biography of the young sleuth, which is hardly surprising considering the film's pedigree. As an account of the detective team's first meeting at boarding school, it's quite commendable - Nicholas Rowe is a dashing Holmes, Alan Cox a solid Watson - but some Holmes aficionados may miss the proper atmosphere of hansom cabs and ugly deeds. However, the production design by Norman Reynolds (Raiders of the Lost Ark) is fabulous, not least when our Victorian dynamic duo finds themselves in the Pyramid of Fear in the film's climax.


The teenage detective and his future sidekick Watson meet for the first time at boarding school. The death of Holmes's mentor sets the youngsters on their first case, and they discover that former members of an archaeological survey team have died under suspicious circumstances - pointing to a sinister Egyptian cult using hallucinogenic poisons to kill its victims. Adventure, starring Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox and Sophie Ward.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Nicholas Rowe
John Watson Alan Cox
Rathe Anthony Higgins
Chester Cragwitch Freddie Jones
Elizabeth Sophie Ward
Mrs Dribb Susan Fleetwood
Waxflatter Nigel Stock
Lestrade Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Dudley Badcock Earl Rhodes
Master Snelgrove Brian Oulton
Bentley Bobster Patrick Newell
Reverend Duncan Nesbitt Donald Eccles
Voice of older Watson Michael Hordern
Director Barry Levinson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Some violence.Available on: video and DVD