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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

Writers:

Nicholas Meyer (screenplay), Nicholas Meyer (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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THE STORY IS TRUE...only the facts have been made up. See more »


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"The Madame Song" heard in this movie was written by mystery buff Composer Stephen Sondheim, who once also co-wrote a mystery movie, 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 »

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When Holmes shows Watson the vanilla, he points to a footprint & wheel rut in dry dirt which was obviously spread there for that purpose on top of the otherwise-clean but wet cobblestone road. 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.
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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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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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Valse Sentimental
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Music by Franz Schubert
Arranged by John Addison
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Deconstruction of the myth,part 2.
30 August 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Till the late sixties,Sherlock Holmes was the brilliant sleuth,whose deductions the audience was invited to admire respectfully.Then came Billy Wilder and his admirable "private life of Sherlock Holmes":this director was so ahead of his time the movie was not successful when it was released(it was even cut:one hour is lacking and we are still waiting for the whole film).But it spawned a whole lot of SH movies which continued the destruction of the myth :Herbert Ross's "7 per cent solution" but also "young Sherlock Holmes "aka "pyramid of fear" (1986) and "without a clue" (1989) to name but two.None of these movies equals Billy Wilder's opus which I urge everybody to see .

Herbert Ross had already tackled the detective story when he filmed "Seven-per-cent solution" but his "the last of Sheila" was more Agatha Christie influenced.Nicholas Meyer's screenplay was a very good idea:Sherlock Holmes meeting Freud ,why not? And there are a lot of details that show that Meyer loves Conan Doyle:he refers to several affairs the sleuth was involved in ,he introduces -for a very brief time- Moriarty's character and Even Mycroft Holmes.Billy Wilder had already used Holmes' brother :and to think that Mycroft only appears in ONE of Conan Doyle short stories!And the orient express dear to Agatha Christie is also here.

The film sets are marvelous,from Victorian England to Francis Joseph's Vienna.The first-rate cast (check the cast and credits) gives the movie substance.It's excellent entertainment.

Nicholas Meyer was to continue in th e same vein:not only he wrote another story pitting HG Welles against Jack the ripper,but he also directed the movie starring Malcolm McDowell and David Warner (time after time,1979)


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