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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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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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 »
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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