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
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At about 1:00:13, as she describes the way she was abducted, Fräulein Devereaux - portrayed as an Austrian actress by Vanessa Redgrave - uses the nonstandard pronunciation of the word "landau," rhyming the last syllable with dough, rather than with Dow, which is the right pronunciation. This mistake is usually made by those who fail to recognize the word as German, but as an Austrian, whose mother tongue is German, Fräulein Devereaux should know how to pronounce it correctly. 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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In the opening titles, there are footnotes concerning many of the characters. See more »
In some airings on television, the "Madame's Song" (aka "I Never Do Anything Twice") is cut. See more »
Sherlockians will no doubt grouse, but this is certainly the best Sherlock Holmes tale outside the "canon" and one of the best Holmes films ever. Although Conan Doyle never really combined his characters with historical figures, it's a great device. Alan Arkin gives one of his wonderful performances, employing one of his all purpose accents, and initially very understated. Holmes helps bring out heroic qualities you don't suspect in Sigmund Freud, pace, Anna Freud. Nicol Williamson looks and moves like Holmes, truly "hawk-like". Robert Duval is one of the best Watsons ever, outside of the BBC. Some characterizations of Watson make it hard to believe that he could possibly be a doctor, or even any kind of useful member of society. But this Watson is believable as a person, doctor and friend. The plot line also provides an answer as to who Holmes really is, and what makes him tick. Not THE answer, but an answer. A lot of fun, and very well done. Great period color. Don't go all serious, and you'll have a good time. Nice use of the cimbalom in the score during action sequences. Gives it that "Hungarian" flavor.
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