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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

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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:
Professor James Moriarty (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
Baron Karl von Leinsdorf
Régine ...
Frau Freud
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 <james@oz.net>

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The Story is True...only the facts have been made up.


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16 April 1977 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Kein Koks für Sherlock Holmes  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vanessa Redgrave plays the leading lady in this Sherlock Holmes film. Her daughter, Natasha Richardson appeared with Jeremy Brett in the episode "The Copper Beeches," of the ITV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984). See more »


Watson, Holmes. Freud and the Orient Express line all refer to the train destination as Istanbul. However, Continental usage and railroad usage would have used the formal name "Constantinople" until the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Previously, although it had been referred to as Istanbul by locals, it was an informal name meaning "the city." It would never have been used thus by Holmes, Watson, Freud or the railroad. See more »


[first lines]
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: [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?
Mrs. Hudson: Since you left us these last few ...
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In the opening titles, there are footnotes concerning many of the characters. See more »


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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 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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