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from his pocket watch. When examining the body in the coffin, Holmes slips Reardon's pocket watch into his own pocket. He and Watson then use the markings on the watch to track down the pawn shop that was at one point in possession of the watch. From the pawn shop they are able to determine the address and once there, find that Reardon was working on scientific experiments involving drugs and chemicals and an electricity producing wand which Holmes ends up using as a weapon.
in Blackwood's coffin. Three days after his execution, Blackwood's tomb is found smashed open and Blackwood himself is seen walking through the cemetery. Holmes and Watson go to investigate. They have Blackwood's coffin opened and find the body of a definitely dead, red headed midget, presumably Reardon, inside.
Reardon is played by Oran Gurel.
|Irene Adler, a woman with whom Holmes has obviously got past history, shows up on Baker Street to engage Holmes' services. What does she want him to do?||"Sherlock Holmes" (2009) Part 1
find a red-headed man named Reardon. Adler and Holmes are obviously attracted to each other but do not trust each other. She offers him a tidy sum to locate Reardon, a man she also describes as a midget. After she leaves, Holmes quickly disguises himself to see if he can determine who her employer is. Although he manages to look into the coach, the face of her employer remains hidden in shadow. Holmes can only surmise that he is a professor by the presence of chalk on his jacket.
Adler is played by Rachel McAdams.
because it is the last case he and Holmes will work on together. Prior to the execution, Holmes notices that Watson is the doctor of record for the Blackwood hanging and asks him why he is doing it. Watson replies that seeing that this is the last case they will work on together, he thinks he should see it through to completion. Watson is there at the hanging and is the doctor who declares Blackwood dead, after he is unable to detect a pulse. When Blackwood is later believed to be alive, Holmes has another reason for getting to the truth - to protect Watson's reputation.
He wants to talk to Holmes.. When Holmes arrives, Blackwood shows no fear of his upcoming execution. Instead he brags about powers that Holmes cannot understand and tells Holmes that there will be another three murders that Holmes will be powerless to stop. He indicates that these three murders will have significant impact on the world. Although Holmes treats Blackwood's news rather contemptuously to his face, he is obviously intrigued.
a silencer for a gun. While Watson is packing, he is talking to another gentleman, whose identity is never clearly established. Given that the man asks Watson if he'll be taking Holmes with him when he leaves, the man may be another boarder at the house. While they are talking, the sounds of gunshot can be heard, which alarms the other man. Watson tries to reassure him that it is not gunfire, and goes to talk to Holmes, who is indeed firing a gun into the ceiling. Holmes mentions that he is trying to invent a device to silence the noise of a gun.
Holmes also engages in bare knuckle fighting during this interlude.
Mary throws her drink at Holmes.. Mary comments that Holmes' powers of observation are legendary and asks what he can tell about her. Holmes is able to tell a great deal about Mary, including the fact that she is a governess and that she was previously engaged. At this point he becomes insulting, saying that she called off the engagement because the size of the ring made it clear that her affianced was not very wealthy. Angrily she throws her drink at him and tells him that he was right on all counts except for the last. Her fiancÚ had died.
Watson is moving out and getting married.. Watson speaks frequently of his intention to marry his love, Mary Morstan, and is in the process of moving out of Baker Street for most of the movie. He no longer wishes to be part of Holmes' dangerous adventures, as he wants a more stable environment when married. Holmes is obviously unhappy about this and uses various tricks to lure Watson back into the game.
Mary Morstan is played by Kelly Reilly.
|At the very beginning of the film, who has hired Holmes in the first case we see him solve, that results in the arrest of Lord Blackwood?||"Sherlock Holmes" (2009) Part 1
the girl's family. After the arrests, Lestrade asks Holmes to keep the whole thing secret. Holmes replies that he was hired by the girl's family, not by the police, but indicates that he will indeed keep it secret, although not because the police have asked him to.
|The film opens with an air of urgency. Holmes is running through London while Watson is traveling, at high speed, with the police in a coach. What are they rushing to prevent?||"Sherlock Holmes" (2009) Part 1
a human sacrifice. Holmes arrives in time to interrupt the elaborate, ritualistic sacrifice of a young girl by Lord Blackwood. Watson arrives in time to help Holmes struggle with Blackwood and the police, led by Lestrade, finally arrive in time to take Blackwood into custody.
During the struggle, Holmes saves Watson from being impaled on an almost invisible glass dagger that Blackwood is using, by breaking it.
Holmes is played by Robert Downey Jr., Watson by Jude Law, Blackwood by Mark Strong and Lestrade by Eddie Marsan.
Gladstone. Gladstone, an English Bulldog, is seen a few times throughout the film, usually on the receiving end of one of Holmes' experiments. At one point, Mary Morstan enters the room and asks what is wrong with Gladstone. At this point Holmes is testing the drug that Blackwood had used to stimulate death, on the dog, who soon wakes up and is indeed fine.
Gladstone was also the name of the British Prime Minister at the time!
Professor Moriarty. While sitting on the bridge Irene tells Holmes all about who she has been working for and how much he frightens her. The reason she grabbed the canister and ran was not just to save the members of the House of Lords, but to get everyone away from the machine so that Moriarty could take what he needed from it. She warns Holmes to be careful because Moriarty is not only brilliant but is also devious, thus setting the stage for a future film. (One can hope!)
No. Although he set things up to make it look like he had risen from the dead, due to his occult practices, it had all been an elaborate trick which Holmes later revealed. He had some kind of harness underneath his clothing, so that he did not actually hang from the neck which, subsequently, did not break. He had taken a drug to simulate death, which was why Watson had been unable to find a pulse. His tomb had been previously broken and then held together with a weak glue, so that he had no trouble breaking his way out when the effects of the drug wore off. He had no such elaborate precautions in place to save him from his second hanging.
|Blackwood has installed a device in the sewers, underneath the parliament building, intended to release toxic chemicals when triggered by a remote control device. Anyone pledging allegiance to him and drinking from his cup will have ingested the antidote. Everyone else will die. How is this plan foiled?||"Sherlock Holmes" (2009) Part 2
Irene Adler removes the canister of gas from the machine.. Holmes and Irene try desperately to dismantle the machine but find that they do not have time. Finally Irene says that they simply have to disable it, takes the canister of gas and starts running through the sewers and up the stairs, with Holmes in pursuit. Once the machine does not respond to his remote control device, Blackwood goes to investigate and ends up in pursuit of Holmes. The chase ends on the scaffolding around the Tower Bridge, which is in the process of being built. Blackwood gets caught in a chain and ends up hanging, with a little help from Holmes.
to take over the government and then reclaim the 'colonies' (the United States). Blackwood speaks to the House of Lords, indicating his intentions to take control of the government. He says that it is time for England to reclaim the colonies, pointing out that said colonies have been weakened by their recent Civil War, making them easy to reclaim. He demands loyalty from the Lords, indicating that anyone standing with him could drink from his cup to pledge their loyalty and threatening doom on anyone who opposed him.
He shuts the fireplace flue, filling the room with smoke which he hides behind.. After the warrant is issued for Holmes' arrest, Inspector Lestrade is the one who brings him in. Holmes manages to convince Lestrade that not all is right, and enlists his help. Lestrade pretends to be a member of the Order (revealing a pin under his coat lapel to the Home Secretary) but he has really provided Holmes with the key to his handcuffs. While in the Home Secretary's office. Holmes shuts the flue, and questions the Home Secretary behind the cover of the smoke. This is when Holmes indicates that he knew that the Home Secretary was not to be trusted, because he recognised his shoes from the sacrifice at the very beginning of the movie. He also lists other things he has noticed that help him figure out part of the plot.
the Home Secretary. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is drowned in his bathtub, because of a chemical Blackwood uses that causes paralysis. The American Ambassador goes up in flames when he shoots at Blackwood and a chemical he has been sprayed with, while entering the building in the rain, ignites.
The Home Secretary issues an arrest warrant for Holmes and supports Blackwood when he makes his play for power in the House of Lords.
The Home Secretary is played by Hans Matheson. The American Ambassador is played by William Hope.
No. Mary does indeed arrive to bail Watson out, but she pointedly leaves Holmes in jail (this is their first encounter since she threw her wine in his face at dinner). Holmes sits there for a long time until some men arrive to let him out. They blindfold him in the carriage, so that he will not know the location of the place they are taking him, but of course his powers of observation are such that he knows exactly where they are travelling and arrives at the right conclusion about where they end up. Once there, he is told some information about Lord Blackwood and the secret order he once belonged to.
|Watson and Holmes are searching Reardon's place when a bunch of thugs arrive, with the obvious intention of burning the place down. A fight ensues. The fight carries on into a nearby workshop where a ship is being built. What happens in this building?||"Sherlock Holmes" (2009) Part 2
The ship being worked on is prematurely launched and sinks.. One of the thugs is an enormous man who wields a hammer, swinging at Holmes and thankfully missing. In one very amusing moment, Holmes and the man confront each other, each armed with a hammer of very different sizes. Holmes throws his hammer which bounces harmlessly off the other man's chest. In the fight, the supports holding the hull of the unfinished ship get smashed and the ship slips into the Thames and promptly sinks. Everyone involved in the fight is arrested.
|What is it about the baker's Holmes passes that gives away his position, when he's blindfolded in the carriage? ||Sherlock Holmes - 2009
They use a French glaze.. Holmes is admittedly lost on the blindfolded journey to Sir Thomas Rotherham until he smells the bakers, who use a unique French glaze on their loaves. From here on Holmes knows exactly where he is and upon arriving he says the only mystery is as to "why you bothered to blindfold me at all".
Mary Morstan. Mary Morstan is a blonde haired, confident sort of woman. She is Watson's fiancee and it is she who bails him out of jail. Before becoming engaged to Watson she had a fiance who sadly died. We find this out when Holmes studies her out loud in The Royal. This ends is a rather uncomfortable situation where Mary throws a glass of red wine over Holmes' face!
Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge was constructed in 1891, which also happens to be the period in which the movie is set. Holmes mentions the Tower Bridge in the scene where he and Watson are on their way to see Lord Blackwood. He declares it "magnificent" and says London is "an industrious empire". The unfinished Tower Bridge also makes an appearance nearer the end of the movie, when Blackwood manages to hang himself from it in chains, and this time he doesn't "come back to life".
f. It is in fact Holmes who always forgets his revolver and Watson is the one who brings it to him. At one point in the film, Watson says he would no longer accompany Holmes as he is moving away with fiance Mary. Holmes then purposely leaves his revolver behind to ensure Watson sees it, and is forced to bring it to him because he doesn't want his friend to come to any harm. A crafty way to get a man back on side - good one Holmes!
|When inspecting the "ginger midget's" quarters there's one scent Holmes can't quite put his finger on, what is it?||Sherlock Holmes - 2009
Toffee Apple. Watson is facing the door, as Holmes is throwing out names of what the mystery odour could be. He sees two men come in, one with a toffee apple. He says "toffee apple" to Holmes indicating this is the smell he can't quite put his finger on. Holmes spins round to see the two men carrying equipment needed to start a fire. Following this a fight breaks out and Dredger is called in to take care of Holmes...
He has no front teeth.. Irene comes to Holmes to ask his help in finding a "ginger midget" by the name of Luke Rearden. Irene does not tell Holmes that Rearden has no front teeth but one can assume this information is on the details she gives him in writing. We can assume this because when Holmes stumbles upon a dead Rearden in Blackwood's coffin he uses Inspectors Lestrade's pen to check to see whether he has front teeth.
|What is the name of the supposed user of dark magic, who apparently comes back from the dead?||Sherlock Holmes - 2009
Lord Blackwood. Lord Blackwood is a cruel and unforgiving character. He is hung for commiting five murders and attemting a sixth, but does he really die? Further speculation from Holmes reveals a hook was put on Blackwood's noose that spread the weight around his torso allowing the pressure to be released from his neck. Along with this he drank a potion which gAve him the symptoms of death, fooling Watson into pronouncing him so. After being buried in his tomb he allegedly cAme back from the dead during the night, but knowing he was already alive how true can this really be?
Olives. Irene suprises Holmes whilst he's asleep in his room, declaring she thought they "might have a little tea party". Included in this tea party is what Irene says is Holmes' favourite, olives from the Cyclades. Olives are a an oily fruit that are not only edible fresh but can be used to make olive oil, which can then be used neat or incorporated into other foods.
Baker Street, London. Holmes and Watson live at 221B, Baker Street, London. Very near to the beginning of the film we see the camera slide past a street sign with Baker Street written on it. From here the camera glides over to Holmes and Watson's house and that's how we know they live on Baker Street. Of course you would also know this had you read the novels on which the film is based, as they are one of the main reasons Baker Street is so famous now.
"Clarky? Case reopened.". All were quotes from the film, but from different points, spoken by Watson, Holmes and the gypsy, Flora.
Sherlock Holmes speaks the last line, telling the policeman, Clarky, that the case is being reopened to find Professor Moriarty. This prepares the audience for the next film. Roll on "Sherlock Holmes 2"!
He doesn't mind.. Poor Gladstone! The bulldog, belonging to both Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes, has to put up with being tested upon by Holmes many times.
This quote is from around the start of the film, where Holmes is bored, due to not having a case. The landlady says "He's killed the dog. Again." Gladstone also shows the effects of mad honey disease, the reason behind Blackwood's lack of pulse.
Lace doilies. Holmes secretly asked Flora to make predictions about Watson's marriage to Mary Morstan. Even when Watson realises Holmes had a hand in the predictions, Flora still rambles on, "Oh, she turns to fat and has a beard."
This is a very funny scene, about half way through the movie, with Holmes showing intense bitterness about his partner's proposal, due to Watson leaving 221B Baker Street to live with Mary.