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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud.

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Lola Deveraux
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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 James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Kein Koks für Sherlock Holmes  »

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One of two Sherlock Holmes comedies released in the same year of 1976. The other was made for television and was called The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (1976). See more »

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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 »

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[Last lines; after meeting unexpectedly on the boat]
Lola Deveraux: Journeys alone are always so tedious, don't you find? 'Specially when they are long.
Sherlock Holmes: Will this be a long journey?
Lola Deveraux: That all depends. But I do think it will seem shorter if there are two of us... don't you?
Sherlock Holmes: I hope it will not seem too short.
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In the opening titles, there are footnotes concerning many of the characters. See more »

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Referenced in Designing 'Salon Kitty' (2003) See more »

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Project No.1
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Music by Don Banks
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Sherlock Holmes' psychological traumas
4 September 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This odd idea teams Nicol Williamson and Robert Duvall as Holmes and Watson and uses the idea that Holmes is neurotic and drug-addicted because of what happened to him as a child. Enter Dr Freud (Alan Arkin), plus a woman in distress (Vanessa Redgrave).

Duvall attempts a British accent but fails miserably (probably why he has hardly anything to say within this movie). Williamson and Arkin are great and there is a lot of pleasure to be had from their interpretations of these great characters. Laurence Olivier, however, as Moriarty is dreadful and clearly just turning in a performance by numbers for the cheque.

One last item of interest for musical fans is that this film has the first appearance of Stephen Sondheim's song 'I Never Do Anything Twice', later used in the revue Side by Side. Here it is incidental to the plot, but memorable.


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