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
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"The Madame Song" heard in the film was written by mystery buff Composer Stephen Sondheim who once also co-wrote a mystery movie, which was The Last of Sheila (1973). The tune was later re-recorded under the new title "I Never Do Anything Twice", and featured on Sondheim's "Side By Side By Sondheim" cast recording. See more »
Holmes tries to follow the man who debarks from the Pasha's carriage. He is rebuffed by guards and says "Saved from a profanation, Watson." However, Holmes can be seen speaking after that with no associated sound. 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 »
This odd idea teams Nicol Williamson and Robert Duvall as Holmes and Watson and uses the idea that Holmes is neurotic and drug-addicted because of what happened to him as a child. Enter Dr Freud (Alan Arkin), plus a woman in distress (Vanessa Redgrave).
Duvall attempts a British accent but fails miserably (probably why he has hardly anything to say within this movie). Williamson and Arkin are great and there is a lot of pleasure to be had from their interpretations of these great characters. Laurence Olivier, however, as Moriarty is dreadful and clearly just turning in a performance by numbers for the cheque.
One last item of interest for musical fans is that this film has the first appearance of Stephen Sondheim's song 'I Never Do Anything Twice', later used in the revue Side by Side. Here it is incidental to the plot, but memorable.
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