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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 British-American action mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, and Dan Lin. It is a sequel to the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The screenplay is by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively, as the duo join forces to outwit and bring down their most cunning adversary, Professor Moriarty, played by Jared Harris.


Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty. Mixing business with pleasure, Holmes tracks the clues to an underground gentlemen’s club, where he and his brother, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) are toasting Dr. Watson (Jude Law) on his last night of bachelorhood. It is there that Holmes encounters Sim (Noomi Rapace), a Gypsy fortune teller, who sees more than she is telling and whose unwitting involvement in the prince’s murder makes her the killer’s next target. Holmes barely manages to save her life and, in return, she reluctantly agrees to help him. The investigation becomes ever more dangerous as it leads Holmes, Watson and Sim across the continent, from England to France to Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.



After the success of the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, a sequel was fast tracked by Warner Bros. with director Guy Ritchie dropping out of an adaptation of Lobo and Robert Downey, Jr. leaving Cowboys & Aliens.[11] It was unclear if Rachel McAdams would appear in the film. McAdams said, "If I do, it won't be a very big thing. It's not a lead part".[12] On 4 February 2011, Warner Bros. confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that McAdams will play a part in the sequel.[6]

The film is reported to be influenced by Conan Doyle's The Final Problem.[13] While the film takes place a year after the events of the first film,[13] Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is intended to be a stand-alone film that doesn't require knowledge of the previous film.[13]

In October 2010, Downey, Jr. and Jude Law were seen rehearsing a fight scene as shooting took place in Richmond Park, south-west London.[14] In October 2010 steamship PS Waverley was chartered on the English Channel for filming, and a large green screen was erected at Didcot Railway Centre with a large action scene filmed there in mid-November.[3] In late November, a scene was filmed at Victoria Bridge, which is part of the Severn Valley Railway. In January 2011 scenes were also filmed at Hampton Court Palace. Filming also took place in September 2011 in Greenwich at the Royal Naval College.[15]

In early February 2011, principal photography moved for two days to Strasbourg, France. Shooting took place on, around and inside the Strasbourg Cathedral. The scene is said to be the opening scene of the film, as it will cover an assassination/bombing in a German-speaking town.[16]

The film is scheduled to be released on 16 December 2011 in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom and 25 December 2011 in other countries.[1]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012 Saturn Awards Best Action/Adventure Film

Best Costume

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Jenny Beavean

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Action

Choice Movie Actor: Action Choice Movie Actress: Action

Robert Downey Jr.

Noomi Rapace



The soundtrack to this film will be composed and produced by Hans Zimmer. The release of this soundtrack is set to date on 13 December 2011. Purchase of the physical, enhanced CD includes an insert allowing the free download of three bonus tracks from the score. Here shows the following tracks of this album:

Track Listing
No. TitleWriter(s)Artist(s) Length
1. "I See Everything"   Hans Zimmer 0:39
2. "That Is My Curse (Shadows – Part 1)"   Hans Zimmer 1:51
3. "Tick Tock (Shadows – Part 2)"   Hans Zimmer 8:12
4. "Chess (Shadows – Part 3)"   Hans Zimmer 7:34
5. "It’s So Overt It’s Covert"   Hans Zimmer 3:19
6. "Romanian Wind"   Hans Zimmer 1:56
7. "Did You Kill My Wife?"   Hans Zimmer 2:42
8. "He’s All Me Me Me"   Hans Zimmer 1:56
9. "The Mycroft Suite"   Hans Zimmer 1:41
10. "To The Opera!"   Renato Girolami 4:03
11. "Two Mules For Sister Sara"   Ennio Morricone 2:34
12. "Die Forelle"   Julius Drake 3:22
13. "Zu Viele Füchse Für Euch Hänsel"   Hans Zimmer 1:47
14. "The Red Book"   Hans Zimmer 4:00
15. "Moral Insanity"   Hans Zimmer 1:31
16. "Memories Of Sherlock"   Hans Zimmer 2:11
17. "The End?"   Hans Zimmer 2:26
18. "Romani Holiday (Antonius Remix)"   Hans Zimmer 5:38
19. "Shush Club No. 3 (Bonus Track)"   Hans Zimmer 4:31
20. "Beautiful Eyes (Bonus Track)"   Hans Zimmer 2:13
21. "Just Follow My Lead (The Waltz) (Bonus Track)"   Hans Zimmer 4:44

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The film has gotten generally positive reviews, currently holding a 74% fresh rating based on 34 reviews.

Cancelled sequel

A sequel was supposed to be in development and to be released on Dicember 2020, however it was cancelled.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sciretta, Peter (27 May 2010). Sherlock Holmes 2 Gets December 2011 Release Date, Rachel McAdams Will Return. /Film. Retrieved on 18 October 2010.
  2. Melrose, Kevin. "Noomi Rapace to play Sim the Gypsy in ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′", Spin Off Online, 23 November 2010. Retrieved on 28 November 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ffrench, Andrew (4 November 2010). Sherlock movie stars steam into Didcot. The Oxford Times. Newsquest. Retrieved on 28 November 2010.
  4. Jared Harris discusses 'fun' Sherlock Holmes 2. Total Film. Retrieved on 22 March 2011.
  5. Stephen Fry talks Sherlock Holmes 2. Total Film. Retrieved on 22 March 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bierly, Mandi. "Rachel McAdams cameo confirmed for 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel", Time Inc., 4 February 2011. Retrieved on 12 February 2011. 
  7. "Eddie Marsan reprising Sherlock Holmes role", Retrieved on 2 December 2010. 
  8. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Movie Review -
  9. Thompson, Jody. "Take that, you bounder: Jude Law takes swing at a gypsy in new Sherlock Holmes film (after quick practice on Guy Ritchie)", Daily Mail, Associated Newspapers, 19 October 2010. Retrieved on 28 November 2010. 
  10. Leffler, Rebecca. "Gilles Lellouche Joins 'Sherlock Holmes 2' Cast", The Hollywood Reporter, Nielsen Business Media, 26 November 2010. Retrieved on 28 November 2010. 
  11. "Guy Ritchie Leaving Lobo, Aiming for Sherlock Holmes 2", /Film, 26 January 2010. Retrieved on 18 October 2010. 
  12. Ditzian, Eric. "Rachel McAdams Unsure About Doing 'Sherlock Holmes 2'", MTV, 9 November 2010. Retrieved on 9 January 2011. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Tilly, Chris. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Preview", IGN, 22 February 2011. Retrieved on 9 March 2011. 
  14. Thompson, Jody (19 December 2009). Jude Law takes swing at a gypsy in new Sherlock Holmes film (after quick practice on Guy Ritchie). Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved on 20 October 2010.
  15. Teed, Paul. "Film crews at Hampton Court Palace 'shooting Sherlock Holmes movie'", Elmbridge Guardian, Newsquest, 24 January 2011. Retrieved on 4 February 2011. 
  16. "Explosions au coeur de Strasbourg... (Explosions in the heart of Strasbourg ...)", Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace, 4 February 2011. Retrieved on 4 February 2011. (in French) 
  17. Sherlock: Game of Shadows soundtrack details. Filmonic. Retrieved on 23 November 2011.
  18. Sherlock: Game of Shadows soundtrack tracks. Amazon. Retrieved on 1 December 2011.
  19. Sherlock Homes: Game of Shadows soundtrack with bonus tracks. Retrieved on 11 December 2011.

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