Young Sherlock Holmes is an adventure film that was released in 1985. It was directed by Barry Levinson, and it was written by Chris Columbus. It has a PG-13 rating for some violence. It stars Nicholas Rowe as Sherlock Holmes, and Alan Cox as his partner John Watson. The supporting cast consists of Anthony Higgins, Sophie Ward, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Freddie Jones, Nigel Stock, Brian Oulton, and Susan Fleetwood.
In this iteration of the famous franchise, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are teenagers. This film introduced them to each other for the first time at school. In the opening scenes, Sherlock introduces Watson to his mentor. Also, Sherlock appears to have feelings for a girl, but there is another student competing for her. Shortly after, two men are shot in the neck with hallucinogenics. The effect of the drugs leads them to acting crazy and getting in accidents. They both end up dying.
At this point, Sherlock believes there is something wrong that caused both men to act they way the did. However, the believe they just got into crazy accidents. Next, Sherlock Holmes gets suspended, and this is when the hallucinogenic appear again. Sherlock's mentor is shot with them, and Sherlock is there to here him say his last words. This causes Sherlock to get serious about investigating who is shooting these hallucinogenics.
He meets with Watson to gather their clues. They stumble upon information about an ancient cult that uses the same weapons as the ones that would shoot the hallucinogenics. After searching around they discover that the ancient cult has surfaced again and still hold meetings. They interrupt a meeting and are shot with the hallucinogenics. Holmes and Watson run to get to safety, and then get back to figuring out how to stop the cult.