Seven-Per-Cent SolutionDirector: Herbert Ross
Nicholas Meyer based his screenplay for the "retro" Sherlock Holmes adventure The Seven-Percent Solution on his own best-selling novel. As any Baker Street Irregular will tell you, the title refers to the dosage of cocaine taken by Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson). The great detective's friend and chronicler Dr. John Watson (Robert Duvall), concerned that/i>… See more details below
Nicholas Meyer based his screenplay for the "retro" Sherlock Holmes adventure The Seven-Percent Solution on his own best-selling novel. As any Baker Street Irregular will tell you, the title refers to the dosage of cocaine taken by Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson). The great detective's friend and chronicler Dr. John Watson (Robert Duvall), concerned that Holmes' drug dependency is getting out of hand, suggests a cure under the auspices of Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud (top-billed Alan Arkin). While undergoing treatment, Holmes comes to the realization that his archrival Professor James Moriarty (Laurence Olivier) is not the Napoleon of crime but instead a somewhat pathetic philanderer. Not yet completely cured, Holmes recharges his deductive batteries by undertaking a tricky conspiracy case involving another ex-addict, beautiful actress Lola Devereaux (Vanessa Redgrave). The traditional Sherlockian sleuthing and split-second rescues of the film's second half are not as innovative as the Holmes-Freud scenes at the beginning of The Seven Percent Solution, but they provide this largely cerebral effort with a rousing climax. A success with both critics and filmgoers, The Seven Percent Solution opened the floodgates for subsequent TV and movie "reprises" of Conan Doyle's immortal literary figure.
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Cast & Crew
|Alan Arkin||Sigmund Freud|
|Vanessa Redgrave||Lola Deveraux|
|Robert Duvall||Dr. Watson|
|Nicol Williamson||Sherlock Holmes|
|Laurence Olivier||Prof. Moriarty|
|Charles Gray||Mycroft Holmes|
|Jeremy Kemp||Baron Von Leinsdorf|
|Georgia Brown||Mrs. Freud|
|Samantha Eggar||Mary Watson|
|Jill Townsend||Mrs. Holmes|
|Alison Leggatt||Mrs. Hudson|
|Jack May||Dr. Schultz|
|Gertan Klauber||The Pasha|
|Leon Greene||Squire Holmes|
|Michael Blagdon||Young Holmes|
|Sheila Shand Gibbs||Nun|
|John Hill||Train Engineer|
|Erich Padalewski||Station Master|
|Ken Adam||Production Designer|
|John Addison||Score Composer|
|Alan Barrett||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Peter Lamont||Art Director|
|Gordon K. McCallum||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Stanley O'Toole||Associate Producer|
|Peter James||Set Decoration/Design|
|William H. Reynolds||Editor|
|Arlene Sellers||Executive Producer|
|Stephen Sondheim||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Cyril Swern||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Alex Winitsky||Executive Producer|
|Scott Wodehouse||Asst. Director|
2. A Journey for Moriarty.
3. Toby the Bloodhound.
5. The Agony of Addiction.
6. The Cure is Worse.
7. Intellect Vs. Strength.
8. The Lady of the lilies.
10. Searching for Clues.
11. Freuline Devereaux's Past.
13. Sword Play.
14. Clues to the Unconscious.
15. A New Identity.
16. End Titles.
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