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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.

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Herbert Ross

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Nicholas Meyer (screenplay), Nicholas Meyer (novel) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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On the train, Watson's narrative indicates he's aware of what Holmes is doing with the satchel. But at Freud's, he seems surprised by what he finds hidden in it. 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.
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Mrs. Hudson: Since you left us these last few ...
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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 »


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Music by Franz Schubert
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A touching and different side to the Sherlock Holmes Legend
12 April 2007 | by ozthegreatat42330See 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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