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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Doctor 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 archival Professor 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 Holmesian 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 24, 1976

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholas Meyer Best Adapted Screenplay 1976 Nominee

Cast

Alan Arkin
as Sigmund Freud
Vanessa Redgrave
as Lola Deveraux
Robert Duvall
as Dr. Watson
Nicol Williamson
as Sherlock Holmes
Laurence Olivier
as Prof. Moriarty
Joel Grey
as Lowenstein
Charles Gray
as Mycroft Holmes
Jeremy Kemp
as Baron Von Leinsdorf
Georgia Brown
as Mrs. Freud
Regine
as Madame
Erik Chitty
as Butler
John Bird
as Berger
Jill Townsend
as Mrs. Holmes
Gertan Klauber
as The Pasha
John Hill
as Train Engineer
Frederick Jaeger
as Marker
Leon Greene
as Squire Holmes
Samantha Eggar
as Mary Watson
Erich Padalewski
as Station Master
Anna Quayle
as Freda
Michael Blagdon
as Young Holmes

Crew

Herbert Ross
Director
Herbert Ross
Producer
Arlene Sellers
Producer
Stanley O'Toole
Producer
Alex Winitsky
Producer
Nicholas Meyer
Book Author
Nicholas Meyer
Screenwriter
Oswald Morris
Cinematographer
Alex Thomson
Cinematographer
John Addison
Composer (Music Score)
Stephen Sondheim
Composer (Music Score)
Stephen Sondheim
Songwriter
Ken Adam
Production Designer
Peter Lamont
Art Director
Stanley O'Toole
Associate Producer
Arlene Sellers
Executive Producer
Alex Winitsky
Executive Producer
Cyril Swern
Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Wodehouse
First Assistant Director
Howard Jeffrey
Second Unit Director
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