The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

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In this bizarre twist on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective tales, Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) finds himself experiencing vivid hallucinations resulting from his cocaine addiction. Concerned about his friend's personal and professional welfare, the loyal Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall) contracts Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin) to analyze Holmes' drug-addled mind, while the legendary sleuth also investigates the mysterious kidnapping of Lola Devereaux (Vanessa Redgrave).

Cast & Crew

Nicol Williamson
Sherlock Holmes
Alan Arkin
Dr. Sigmund Freud
Robert Duvall
Dr. John H. Watson, Narrator
Vanessa Redgrave
Lola Deveraux
Laurence Olivier
Professor James Moriarty
Joel Grey
Lowenstein
Samantha Eggar
Mary Morstan Watson
Jeremy Kemp
Baron Karl von Leinsdorf
Charles Gray
Mycroft Holmes
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Critic Reviews for The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

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Audience Reviews for The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

  • Jun 12, 2013
    Top cast, but it runs out of steam in the second half and drags it's feet for the rest of the film.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2008
    The production design by Ken Adam, who worked on many of the Bond films, brings much of Victorian England and Vienna to life. Nicholas Meyer's story is directed by Herbert Ross. This time Meyer has Sherlock Holmes meet Sigmund Freud. Williamson plays a manic Holmes, who has a serious addiction to cocaine. His paranoia of Professor Moriarty (Laurence Olivier in a cameo) being a master criminal at the heart of all of London's crime, is simply part of a deeper psychological issue. Duvall plays Holmes' sober and caring friend Dr. Watson, who plans a scheme with Mycroft to get Holmes to Vienna where Freud can help him. Arkin plays Dr. Sigmund Freud. Often pop culture portrays a stereotypical Freud, who is obsessed with sexual symbols and wildly misinterprets dreams, but this version of Freud has more in common with Holmes and his scientific method. The effects of addiction and withdrawal are more honestly dealt with, and since Meyer is a big fan of Conan Doyle, the movie references several plot points from the original mysteries. Moriarty is dealt with in a completely unique way. And Jeremy Kemp plays a villainous Baron out to discredit Freud and escape Holmes. There is a fairly exciting train chase. Though the historical details all looks quite proper, its delivery is a bit tongue-in-cheek.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2008
    Great script and cast.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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