The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)




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In this Sherlock Holmes adventure, the Great Detective's friend and chronicler Doctor Watson, concerned that Holmes' drug dependency is getting out of hand, suggests a cure under the auspices of Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. While undergoing treatment, Holmes undertakes a tricky conspiracy case involving another ex-addict, beautiful actress Lola Devereaux.
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Nicol Williamson
as Sherlock Holmes
Alan Arkin
as Sigmund Freud
Robert Duvall
as Dr. Watson
Vanessa Redgrave
as Lola Deveraux
Laurence Olivier
as Prof. Moriarty
Joel Grey
as Lowenstein
Samantha Eggar
as Mary Watson
Jeremy Kemp
as Baron Von Leinsdorf
Charles Gray
as Mycroft Holmes
Georgia Brown
as Mrs. Freud
as Madame
Anna Quayle
as Freda
Jill Townsend
as Mrs. Holmes
John Bird
as Berger
Alison Leggatt
as Mrs. Hudson
Erik Chitty
as The Butler
Jack May
as Dr. Schultz
Gertan Klauber
as The Pasha
Leon Greene
as Squire Holmes
Michael Blagdon
as Young Holmes
Ashley House
as Young Freud
Erich Padalewsky
as Stationmaster
John Hill
as Train Engineer
Erich Padalewski
as Station Master
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Critic Reviews for The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

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October 23, 2004
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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The game's afoot with The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, a more-than-game Sherlock Holmes pastiche, which makes its high-definition debut on Blu-ray sporting a solid transfer and accompanied by a spanking-new interview with writer Nicholas Meyer.

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Seven-Per-Cent Solution


A somewhat tongue-in-cheek Sherlock Holmes story not written by Conan Doyle. It's visually very well done but lacks the suspense of classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Entertaining as long as you don't take it seriously.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

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 Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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Top cast, but it runs out of steam in the second half and drags it's feet for the rest of the film.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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