- Actors: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins, Susan Fleetwood
- Directors: Barry Levinson
- Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Chris Columbus
- Producers: Frank Marshall, Harry Benn, Henry Winkler, Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Johnson
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2004
- Run Time: 105 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000163WT4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This film portrays what might have happened if Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson had met as teens at school in England.
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In a snowy and sinister December at the height of the Victorian Era, Watson, as a teenager, is sent to Brompton, a private school in a fogbound London, when his old one is shut down due to lack of funding. Upon arrival, he meets a violin-playing smart-Alec who deducts his character from his mere appearance. It's the beginning of a life-long friendship.
Holmes' life on campus is rather cozy. He has a pretty girlfriend Elizabeth (Sophie Ward) and her uncle, Professor Waxflatter, is a crackpot inventor of the Doc Brown variety who lives in the school attic with all of his crazy inventions. At first, Watson and Holmes have fun getting up to mischief on campus but a series of bizarre suicides soon distracts them.
The local Inspector Lestrade is too lazy to do anything about it, leaving them free to investigate. Apparently the victims are all sane, happy men who seem to go suddenly mad with fear and hurl themselves to the nearest oncoming death. Things get personal when Waxflatter suffers the same fate and stabs himself in fit of madness.
Why are ordinary men going crazy? Who is the mysterious black robed person hiding in the shadows? What dark secret was Waxflatter hiding?Read more ›
The simple answer is yes (if you can take the 80s cheese). At the core 'Young Sherlock' is a good mix of traditional Sherlockian tropes, but with a liberal sprinkling of Spielberg from the 80s. Nicholas Rowe is excellently cast as Sherlock; he is the embodiment of a younger version of the caricature the character has become. Alan Cox is also decent as the bumbling pre-Dr Watson. Only the female interest in Sophie Ward stumbles - walking around the well dressed sets with an 80s perm. Ward is so 80s that it really jars with a film containing some solid British character actors who class the film up.
The story is one of the best elements of the film, for something aimed at a 12-16 audience it's pretty scary and the beats that I remember from watching 20 years ago still work today. The special effects may no longer be as impressive, but the undulating chant of a bunch of crazy cultists still chills. `Young Sherlock Holmes' is a great example showing that films may age and date, but story will always live on. I for one look forward to seeing it again in 2032.
The film was much vaunted at the time, due to the involvement of Amblin Entertainment, Steven Speilberg's own production company. After the massive success of E.T and Indiana Jones, Speilberg's name linked to anything was enough to cause mild hysteria to breakout in cinemas everywhere.
Too much hype is no good for anything. As a result, Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear - (to give it it's full title) - suffered from a surfeit of dissapointed cinema-goers and fared badly at the box office.
All of which mystifies me, since I absolutely loved it!
YSH boasts a fairly tight and lively script written by future Harry Potter director Chris Columbus. Columbus takes great pains to inform viewers in a caveat at the film's end - that his story is a work of speculation, crafted in admiration for Conan Doyle's great detective. That affection is writ large on the screen.
Filmed on location at Elstree and Hertfordshire and ably directed by Barry Levinson - who went on to direct Rainman amongst other things, the whole thing looks wonderful. With The action taking place during one of those magical, Victorian winters which seem only to exist on celluloid.
In fact, in a nod of weird cinematic prescience to Columbus' directorial destiny - one dining room scene set in the fictional boarding school where Holmes and Watson are students, looks uncannily like Hogwarts...
The special effects in the 'Hallucination' scenes where also pretty amazing for their time. The 'stained glass man' a particular favourite of mine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film has everything in it; story, humour, great actors and fantastic special effects. Can't understand why there aren't more reviews, maybe as it's shown on TV... Read morePublished 5 months ago by N
None of the requisite cleverness of anything aspiring to Doyle. In fact it's a kids only watered down rather limp Spielberg young Sherlock Jones thing with pretty uninspired acting... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mario
Great film - well made, lovely music and a good plot. If you are after a Victorian detective mystery given a Spielberg adventure twist, this film is for you. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Choosy_buyer
Delivered on time. I Love watching Sherlock holmes. This film is wonderful. Excellent viewing.Published 7 months ago by black cat