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Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

In director Barry Levinson's mystery adventure:

  • the unauthorized premise of how young Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) and partner John Watson (Alex Cox) came together at an English boarding school and became involved in an investigation of a long buried secret and deadly Egyptian cult
  • the startling, breathtaking CGI character of the fighting medieval knight in a stained-glass window who jumped to life - a pioneering moment in visual effects -- the first all-digital animated character
  • the other Oscar-nominated segments in which other elements came to life (a roasted bird, skeletons, pastries, gargoyles, wall decor, and an amusing sequence in which pastries attempted to force themselves into Watson's mouth)
  • the Egyptian Rame-Tep sacrifice scene recalling the similar scenes from the previous year's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) (directed by executive producer Steven Spielberg)
  • the scene in which Sherlock's love interest Elizabeth Hardy (Sophie Ward) blocked a bullet intended for him and died in his arms
  • also the back-story acquisitions of Holmes' trademarks: his practice of the violin, his inheritance of a deerstalker cap from beloved, deceased mentor Waxflatter (Nigel Stock), his receipt of a pipe as a gift from Watson, and his overcoat from the villainous Professor Rathe (Anthony Higgins) (aka Eh Tar - who seemingly perished by drowning in the icy Thames River)
  • the end credits sequence in which Professor Rathe surprisingly signed his name in a guestbook as "Moriarty", closing on his devilish raised eyebrow


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