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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

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

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Nicholas Meyer (screenplay), Nicholas Meyer (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Dr. Sigmund Freud
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lola Deveraux
Robert Duvall ... Dr. John H. Watson
Nicol Williamson ... Sherlock Holmes
Laurence Olivier ... Professor James Moriarty (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
Joel Grey ... Lowenstein
Samantha Eggar ... Mary Morstan Watson
Jeremy Kemp ... Baron Karl von Leinsdorf
Charles Gray ... Mycroft Holmes
Régine ... Madame
Georgia Brown ... Frau Freud
Anna Quayle ... Freda
Jill Townsend ... Mrs. Holmes
John Bird John Bird ... Berger
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Hudson
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Storyline

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 attempts 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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Confounding! Sherlock Holmes meets Sigmund Freud See more »


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Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

May 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kein Koks für Sherlock Holmes See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, while suffering from cocaine withdrawal, Sherlock Holmes has flashbacks to "The Adventure of the Speckled Band". His hallucinations feature a snake slithering down a bell rope towards Holmes' bed. Jeremy Kemp, who played the Baron in this movie, also played the villain in the adaption of "The Speckled Band" in the ITV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984), starring Jeremy Brett. See more »

Goofs

During the railroad pursuit, the trains are seen on two tracks that are about to merge. Holmes states that there are no points left to switch. However, the coming together of the two track lines necessarily involves a switching point. And, in fact, that set of points is visible soon thereafter. See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

The opening title card reads: "In 1891 Sherlock Holmes was missing and presumed dead for three years. This is the true story of that disappearance. Only the facts have been made up." See more »

Alternate Versions

A sequence was cut in which an elderly Dr Watson apparently reads of Holmes' death in the newspaper. It later turns out to be a report of the death of Sigmund Freud. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Murphy Brown: The Ten Percent Solution (1995) See more »

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Valse Sentimental
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
Arranged by John Addison
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Agreeable and charming Holmes film with continuous suspense and intrigue
10 January 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall) prepares a scheme to Sherlock (Nicol Williamson) meets Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin) in Vienna to cure his drugs addiction . Besides , the trio will resolve an abducting of a famous actress damsel (Vanessa Redgrave) , rescuing her from villains still being beset by his dastardly and devilish rival . Holmes excursion brings the famed Victorian sleuth towards Austria , as Holmes along Freud will solve unanswered mysteries and Sherlock undergoes some risked experiences to resolve the cases using even his habitual disguise .

It is a nice Holmes film with gripping London and Vienna setting . A genuine ripping yarn and very intriguing . The movie blends suspense , thriller , detective action , cloak and dagger , mystery and being enough interesting . Packs an exciting amount of surprises with great lots of entertainment . This is a classy and effective romp with a strongly casting . Nicol Williamson as whimsical detective is top-notch , he's in cracking form . He makes an unique perspective on his life , revealing a complex personality . He's finely matched in battle of wits with Freud . The stars have a splendid fight aboard a train towards the end ; plus , Holmes tries to battle his arch-enemy Moriarty but with an amazing final surprise . Although Basil Rathbone will be forever identified as Holmes ; however , here Nicol Williamson is also played as an intelligent , cunning , broody and impetuous pipesmoking sleuth but addicted to cocaine , his interpretation is likeness to Christopher Plummer (Murder by decree) or Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett in television . While Dr. Watson isn't a bumbling and botcher pal generally represented by Nigel Bruce , but a clever and astute partner magnificently incarnated by Robert Duvall .

Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer provides the original plot , creating the basis for this particularly storyline . After this film , source novelist-screenwriter Meyer realized a similar operation , uniting H.G.Wells with Jack the Ripper in the movie ¨Time after the time¨ , as he became a film director himself , in his another picture connected with Victorian England. Excellent sets by production designer Ken Adam in his fourth of seven collaborations to director Herbert Ross . The film boasts a beautiful cinematography by Oswald Morris and a haunting score by John Addison . The motion picture sparkles with polish and wit and the ending results to be as exciting as moving and being well directed by Herbert Ross .


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