The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  16 April 1977 (Japan)
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To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Deveraux
Dr. John H. Watson / Narrator
Baron Karl von Leinsdorf
Régine ...
Georgia Brown ...
Mrs. Freud
Jill Townsend ...
Mrs. Holmes
John Bird ...
Alison Leggatt ...


Concerned about his friend's cocaine use, Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna, where Holmes enters the care of Sigmund Freud. Freud attemts to solve the mysteries of Holmes' subconscious, while Holmes devotes himself to solving a mystery involving the kidnapping of Lola Deveraux. Written by James Meek <>

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In the same year of 1976 the film was made and released, the character of Sigmund Freud was also seen in Mon coeur est rouge (1976) and Young Dr. Freud (1976). See more »


During the railroad pursuit the sword fight atop of the carriages shifts indiscriminately from cut to cut between the roofs of the second and first coach. See more »


Professor Moriarty: When must I - -- -Leave?
Mycroft Holmes: Now!
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In the opening titles, there are footnotes concerning many of the characters. See more »


Valse Sentimental
Music by Franz Schubert
Arranged by John Addison
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A touching and different side to the Sherlock Holmes Legend
12 April 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

This film, directed by Thom Eberhard from a script by Nicholas Meyer presents Sherlock Holmes in a new perspective. The discovery of Cocaine in the 19th century originally seemed like a perfect drug and many doctors perceived it as an ideal cure for everything. Even Freud used it extensively and prescribed it for his patients until he became dependent on it. There are those who say that the same thing happened to Conan Doyle, who eventually kicked the habit, but used in as a part of the Character of Sherlock Holmes, at least in the earlier stories, who claimed that the boredom that set in when his mind was not occupied on a case was only relieved by a seven percent solution of the drug that he would inject himself with.

In this film it is realized that he has begun to be overly effected by the drug as he sees incidents of his youth in a distorted view, until Watson is forced to trick him into going to Vienna to see Sigmund Freud. Nicol Williamson is a very sympathetic Holmes, and Robert Duvall, surprisingly essays a very likable Dr. Watson. Laurence Olivier ha a small role as James Moriarity, who is no villain but a former tutor of the brothers Holmes, who had had an affair with their mother years before, and had been hounded by Holmes since. Alan Arkin is an excellent Freud, and the film is a great adventure and touching drama, as Holmes, in the middle of his cure, once again brings his great intellect to bear on a baffling case.

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