The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

United Kingdom/USA, 1976.  , . Screenplay by , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Herbert Ross.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1976National Board of Review Awards 1976.  New York Film Critics 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,  a marvel as Holmes, and Robert Duvall practically steals the show as Watson. Also included in the cast are  as the infamous Moriarty and Vanessa Redgrave as the kidnap victim.

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