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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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Freda
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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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The film was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by Nicholas Meyer had been first published in 1974. The book's full title was actually "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D.". See more »

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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 »

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Sherlock Holmes: [to Doctor Watson] You insufferable cripple.
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In the opening titles, there are footnotes concerning many of the characters. See more »

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Referenced in Alan Arkin: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2015) See more »

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Project No.1
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Music by Don Banks
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Deconstruction of the myth,part 2.
30 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Till the late sixties,Sherlock Holmes was the brilliant sleuth,whose deductions the audience was invited to admire respectfully.Then came Billy Wilder and his admirable "private life of Sherlock Holmes":this director was so ahead of his time the movie was not successful when it was released(it was even cut:one hour is lacking and we are still waiting for the whole film).But it spawned a whole lot of SH movies which continued the destruction of the myth :Herbert Ross's "7 per cent solution" but also "young Sherlock Holmes "aka "pyramid of fear" (1986) and "without a clue" (1989) to name but two.None of these movies equals Billy Wilder's opus which I urge everybody to see .

Herbert Ross had already tackled the detective story when he filmed "Seven-per-cent solution" but his "the last of Sheila" was more Agatha Christie influenced.Nicholas Meyer's screenplay was a very good idea:Sherlock Holmes meeting Freud ,why not? And there are a lot of details that show that Meyer loves Conan Doyle:he refers to several affairs the sleuth was involved in ,he introduces -for a very brief time- Moriarty's character and Even Mycroft Holmes.Billy Wilder had already used Holmes' brother :and to think that Mycroft only appears in ONE of Conan Doyle short stories!And the orient express dear to Agatha Christie is also here.

The film sets are marvelous,from Victorian England to Francis Joseph's Vienna.The first-rate cast (check the cast and credits) gives the movie substance.It's excellent entertainment.

Nicholas Meyer was to continue in th e same vein:not only he wrote another story pitting HG Welles against Jack the ripper,but he also directed the movie starring Malcolm McDowell and David Warner (time after time,1979)


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