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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:
... Dr. Sigmund Freud
... Lola Deveraux
... Dr. John H. Watson
... Sherlock Holmes
... Professor James Moriarty (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
... Lowenstein
... Mary Morstan Watson
... Baron Karl von Leinsdorf
... Mycroft Holmes
Régine ... Madame
... Frau Freud
... Freda
... Mrs. Holmes
John Bird ... Berger
Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Hudson
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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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16 April 1977 (Japan)  »

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Kein Koks für Sherlock Holmes  »

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Sir Laurence Olivier played Moriarty. Two years later, he would be offered the role of Dr. Watson in "Murder by Decree" opposite a potential Peter O'Toole as Holmes, but apparently, an old feud between the two meant that the casting never got off the ground. See more »

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During the railroad pursuit the sword fight atop of the carriages shifts indiscriminately from cut to cut between the roofs of the second and first coach. See more »

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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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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 »

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Music by Franz Schubert
Arranged by John Addison
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Imaginative variation on the Holmes legend
13 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

While the Seven Percent Solution may not appeal all fans of the legendary detective, it nevertheless gives us an interesting variation of the Conan Doyle character.

In order to cure his friend of his cocaine addiction, Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall) and brother Mycroft create a ruse to get Holmes to Vienna where Holmes(Nicol Williamson) meets Dr. Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin). Arkin's Dr. Freud shows his own skills as a detective in a plot involving a kidnapped singer (Vanessa Redgrave).

Holmes and Freud work very well togeather. Freud points out that as a doctor he uses many of the same skills that Holmes uses in fighting crime, and in one scene demonstrates the same powers of observation and reasoning, while being careful not to upstage the great detective. There is not much mystery here, but the chemistry between Holmes and Freud keeps the movie interesting.

The clever twist concerns Holmes' archenemy Prof. Moriaity. Here we see Moriarty not as the villian, but as a timid schoolteacher harassed by Holmes because of a dark event in the lives of Sherlock and Mycroft.

This is a movie that is good fun. The only problem is that Dr. Watson isn't used very well. Freud makes a much better partner to Holmes.


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