Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
United Kingdom/USA, 1976. Alex Winitsky/Arlene Sellers Productions, Herbert Ross Productions, Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Nicholas Meyer, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Produced by Herbert Ross. Music by John Addison. Production Design by Ken Adam. Costume Design by Alan Barrett. Film Editing by Chris Barnes. Academy Awards 1976.
One of the most entertaining and memorable Sherlock Holmes film adventure. Holmes checks himself in as a patient of Sigmund Freud’s to cure his cocaine addiction at the prompting of his faithful friend Dr. Watson and, no sooner than his arrival in Vienna, a kidnapping occurs and Holmes’s personal vacation becomes a business trip. Featuring exquisite period detail and a marvelous script by Nicholas Meyer, this is one of Herbert Ross’s best films. Alan Arkin is terrific as Freud, Nicol Williamson a marvel as Holmes, and Robert Duvall practically steals the show as Watson. Also included in the cast are Laurence Olivier as the infamous Moriarty and Vanessa Redgrave as the kidnap victim.