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A 1985 mystery/adventure film directed by Barry Levinson, produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg and written by Creator/ChrisColumbus, and based on the classic characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. An admittedly non-canonical WhatIf story, it depicts a young Sherlock Holmes and John Watson meeting and solving a mystery together at a boarding school.

It was the first film produced by AmblinEntertainment to receive a PG-13 rating, and notable for including the first fully computer-generated character: a knight composed of elements from a stained glass window. The effect was created by Lucasfilm's John Lasseter, who is now chief creative officer at Creator/{{Pixar}} Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The SFX earned the film an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination, and was beaten by ''Film/{{Cocoon}}''.
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!! This film is an example of:

* AlreadyMetEveryone
* BaldOfEvil: The {{Mooks}}, except for a thin ponytail dyed turquoise.
* BaldWomen: [[spoiler: Mrs. Dribb.]]
* BestServedCold: Holmes gets his revenge on Dudley (his rival who framed Holmes for cheating) by slipping an unknown chemical into his drink, causing him to resemble an albino for the next seeral months.
* BittersweetEnding: The two heroes win the day, but [[spoiler: Elizabeth dies.]]
* BlatantLies: "Sherlock Holmes, jealous? My dear, that word does not enter my vocabulary."
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Dudley isn't evil, per se, but he's a {{Jerkass}} and ConsummateLiar who does great damage to Holmes' reputation.
* BlowGun: An assassin uses a blowgun to shoot darts [[spoiler: tipped with a hallucinogenic drug.]]
* BoardingSchool: Where Holmes and Watson meet here.
* CanonDiscontinuity: This movie is NOT a part of the canon, and the movie makers say so.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: In TheStinger at the end, the BigBad [[spoiler:Rathe]] is revealed not to have died in his fight with Holmes. He checks into an inn by signing his name as [[spoiler:"Moriarty", showing that he will become Holmes' nemesis in the years to come.]]
* CaptainCrash: Holmes doesn't know how to land Waxflatter's flying machine.
* ChekhovsGun: Professor Waxflatter's flying machine. We're shown several unsuccessful attempts to make it work early in the movie as some sort of RunningGag that stops halfway through the film. Then [[spoiler: Holmes uses it to gain up on Ehtar as he flees with Elizabeth]].
* CollapsingLair: The pyramid at the climax; Holmes rigs the chandelier to the support beams and Watson brings the chandelier down, causing multiple support beams to collapse and setting the pyramid on fire.
* DawsonCasting: Nicholas Rowe, who plays Sherlock Holmes, is several years older than most of the other actors playing students. This was probably intentional to give Holmes his necessary height and appearance of superior intellect.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Rathe]] falls into a frozen river. He survives to become [[spoiler:Moriarty]].
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Holmes and Watson go to school together. For more, see TheStinger.
* TheEyesHaveIt: The scene where the knight in the stained-glass window leaps down to do combat with the poor priest. Notable because it is specifically later revealed, like other deaths in the film, to be caused by [[spoiler: a hallucinogenic drug]]. What the priest saw was in fact all in his mind, but since it made him flee the church and run under the wheels of a moving carriage, he still ended up just as dead.
* {{Fanservice}}: The first shot of the Arab-Egyptian bar is of the belly dancer's abdomen.
* {{Flanderization}}: This film does use the Flanderized version of Watson who's overweight and rather clueless, but it's somewhat {{justified|Trope}} by being Watson as a ''schoolboy''. Presumably he's got years (and a stint in the military) yet to grow into the more fit and savvy Watson the original was. [[spoiler: And in the end, Watson narrates that [[ComingOfAgeStory this first adventure with Holmes IS part of what helped him go from a weak, easily frightened boy to a man]].]]
* FollowTheLeader: From two different ends.
** What does Franchise/HarryPotter have to do with ''Young Sherlock Holmes''? [[http://harryholmes.blogspot.com/ A lot, actually!]]
** From the other end, ''Young Sherlock Holmes'' takes its cues from ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' - so much so that the UK release was called ''Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear''.
** From the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' satire "Young Sureschlock Homely":
-->'''Indiana Jones''': Hmm, this scene seems familiar, but not the dialogue! Am I in the right movie, Mr. Spielberg?
-->'''Steven Spielberg''': Go back a few pages, Indy - ''[[Film/TheJewelOfTheNile Fool Of The Nile]]'' needs you more than Sureschlock!
* ForceFeeding: The sequence where John Watson hallucinates that his legs are bound with sausages and that pastries are trying to force him to eat them. On Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SZrHgS1Dss here.]]
* FrameUp: Holmes' rival Dudley forges Holmes' writing and frames him for cheating. As a result, Holmes is expelled.
* FreudianExcuse: For both Holmes' detective career (see TroubledBackstoryFlashback) and being a bachelor ([[spoiler:his first love dies]]).
* FrightDeathTrap: The Run To Your Doom variety is used frequently in Young Sherlock Holmes, as several elder gentlemen [[spoiler:who pissed off the wrong Egyptian cult as younger men]] are drugged with blow-darts, causing them to see terrifying hallucinations and run into traffic, leap out 3rd story windows, etc.
* GilliganCut: While being told about Professor Waxflatter, Watson wonders why he is considered a lunatic. Cue Waxflatter trying to fly--again.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Holmes kills [[spoiler: Mrs. Dribb]] by blowing one of the thorns from her blow gun into her mouth.
* HumanSacrifice: The cult of Rame-tep make mummies by wrapping up young girls, then coating them in hot wax. [[spoiler: Elizabeth narrowly avoids this fate.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: After Chester Cragwitch is affected by a hallucinogenic drug that causes violent and self-destructive actions, Holmes tries to talk him down by reminding him of his name and that he's a banker.
* ImGoingForACloserLook: While exploring the hidden temple.
* InTheHood: The killer conceals their identity by wearing a large hooded cloak.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Two famous items associated with Holmes are featured here: the deerstalker cap and the curved pipe. Both are treated as ridiculous in-universe, particularly the pipe, which Watson had to buy so Holmes could get information. Holmes thought the pipe in particular was ridiculous, while he inherited the cap from Waxflatter..
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler: Rathe. He is smashed in the head by debris, lands in hot wax, has his head covering set on fire, thrown off a moving carriage and sinks in icy water. He's still alive and, if he is Moriarty, plagues Holmes in years to come.]]
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Professor Waxflatter is more eccentric than mad, but his daughter Elizabeth is quite beautiful.
* MassOhCrap: When Holmes and Watson show a BlowGun to the proprietor of an Arab-Egyptian bar, he starts screaming "Rame-Temp!" Cue everyone else in the bar drawing weapons on Holmes and Watson.
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler: Sherlock after Elizabeth dies, vowing he will never love again.]]
* MummyWrap: The evil cult featured in the movie does this as part of some sacrificial rite.
* MushroomSamba: [[spoiler: The peculiar way the victims are killed. Also happens to Holmes, Watson, Elizabeth and Lestrade]]
* MythologyGag: Plenty of them.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: "Holmes. Sherlock Holmes."
* OopNorth: Where Watson's from, as Holmes deduces from his shoes; Holmes has only encountered that type of shoes in the north of England.
* PistolWhipping: Lestrade knocks out a drugged Chester Cragwitch to prevent him from strangling Holmes.
* PoliceAreUseless: Apparently, no one noticed the large crowd of bald people with ponytails, wearing robes and carrying swords that were chasing three teenagers.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When the gargoyle in the shop starts to animate, its eyes glow red.
* RedHerring: While witnessing the sacrifice in the temple, Holmes removes a square shaped object from one of the members. Most people would think it was important, but it never shows up again.
* RunningGag: Watson's guesses about the color of a bear from a house with an all-southern view. [[spoiler: It's white, a polar bear.]]
* SequelHook: TheStinger reveals that one of the characters in the film would eventually become [[spoiler:Professor Moriarty]]. Shame that there was no sequel (beyond the books, of course), because the flick wasn't that bad.
* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: Two and both are connected; Mrs. Dribb is murdering several men involved in the desecration of a religious site, while Rathe is murdering young girls as replacements for five sacred mummies that were damaged in the desecration.]]
* SherlockScan: A school-aged Watson transfers to a new boarding school and meets Holmes for the first time. Holmes deduces Watson's name, home county, father's occupation, and Watson's love of writing and pastries. He only gets Watson's name wrong (he guesses James instead of John) because he only saw "J. Watson" on Watson's luggage and decided to go with a common name starting with J (John would have been his second guess). The mistake with the name is likely a reference to ''The Man with the Twisted Lip'', in which Watson's wife refers to him as James, a mistake that has confounded Holmes scholars for decades.
* SdrawkcabAlias: The villain [[spoiler:Eh Tar]] uses the alias of [[spoiler:Professor Rathe]] for his cover job at Brompton Academy. Watson even spells this out towards the end of the film as a "very important clue."
* SpeechImpediment: Brompton Academy's chemistry professor has a noticeable one.
* SpinoffBabies: A pastiche supposedly telling the early life of Holmes and Watson when they first met as teens -- and apparently before Holmes figured out how to solve crimes by logical deduction. (Unlike most examples, it's actually quite good.)
* TakingTheBullet: Poor, ''poor'' [[spoiler:Elizabeth]].
* TheStinger: The end credits are played over a sleigh going through a snow-covered forest. As the credits end, someone gets out of the sleigh and checks into the hotel. We see him signing in under the name Moriarty. As the camera pans up, Moriarty is revealed to be [[spoiler:Ehtar/Rathe, the villain, who survived the fall into the river]].
* ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines
* TooDumbToLive: No Holmes, it isn't smart to shout "Stop! She's alive!" in the middle of a HumanSacrifice ritual.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Holmes' drugged hallucination starts out as one of these, with his father yelling at him while his mother weeps in the background. It's implied that Sherlock's snooping uncovered Holmes Sr.'s affair or other transgression, breaking his mother's heart and earning his father's wrath.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: Rathe: "So my dear, you've discovered our little secret."]]
* WhamShot: [[spoiler: Bald Mrs. Dribb.]]
* WhatIf: The movie begins with a disclaimer explaining that it's a "What If" story, and the end credits similarly start with an acknowledgement that it wouldn't fit in with the official Holmes canon.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: Holmes and Watson have foiled Rathe's plans by keeping Cragwitch alive, saving Elizabeth and destroyed his cult's temple. Now Holmes, Watson and Elizabeth are walking back to school. Then Rathe appears and shoots Elizabeth.]]
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