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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
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The narrator of the movie's theatrical trailer announces "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution! Revealing for the first time the vile and destructive habit that almost destroyed the world's greatest detective!" This is nearly accurate, since the long-running series of films starring Basil Rathbone had omitted Holmes's cocaine use, although it features in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). See more »
During the railroad pursuit right after the crew starts dismantling the carriage modern high-tension electrical transmission lines are seen atop a hill running parallel to the tracks. See more »
Dr. John H. Watson:
[Watson rings the doorbell of 221-B Baker Street]
It was October the 24th, in the year 1891. that I heard for the first time in four months from my friend Sherlock Holmes. On this particular day, a telegram from his landlady, Mrs. Hudson, had been delivered to my surgery, imploring me to return to my former rooms without delay.
[Mrs. Hudson opens the front door]
Oh, Dr. Watson, thank heavens you've come; I'm at my wit's end.
Dr. John H. Watson:
Why, what has happened?
Since you left us these last few ...
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Holmes like you've never seen him, and should have
Refreshing, original take on the Holmes Canon. I've heard the main actor was miscast but seeing him running around frenetically in a ratty smoking robe, issuing Sherlock's famous speech about Moriarty (which DOES sound paranoid when you think about it), he gives a true, spontaneous version which is lacking in other Holmes departures. While Holmes meets Jack the ripper in 2 other movies, his character never comes alive as in this movie. Even Peter Cushing as Sherlock in "Hound of the Baskervilles" can't compete. Robert Duvall seems wasted as Watson who has only 6 lines in the movie. Lawrence Olivier is a twin for Moriarty, but strangely doesn't look younger in a 30 year flashback. My only complaint is that upon repeated viewings the climactic train chase seems overlong. I think Conan Doyle would be proud: though he might have been mildly addicted to cocaine and broken his addiction, and thus has Watson proclaiming the same for Holmes, ("he cured himself"), the movie (and novel it's based on) fills a dramatic gap. And Holmes is more a hero for it, battling inner and outer foes (his addiction as well as a mystery).
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