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The Seven-Per-cent Solution Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Marshall Fine

Writer Nicholas Meyer (who went on to write two of the best Star Trek films) made his bones with his adaptation of his bestselling novel, directed by Herbert Ross. Fanciful and entertaining, it imagines what might have happened had Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall) convinced Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) to seek a cure for his cocaine addiction from Dr. Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin). This meeting of the minds takes a turn into adventure when Holmes and Freud team up to solve a kidnapping mystery. Arkin is intriguingly likable as Freud, while Williamson makes a keen and frenetic Holmes. Duvall is almost unrecognizable as the avuncular, phlegmatic Watson. Laurence Olivier turns up as Professor Moriarty, who is hardly the criminal mastermind that the drug-deluded Holmes believes.

Academy Awards

The Seven-Per-cent Solution received Academy Awards nominations for Writing (Best Screenplay based on material from another medium; Nicholas Meyer) and Costume Design (Alan Barrett).).

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Director: Herbert Ross

Stars: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Nicol Williamson, Robert Duvall, Laurence Olivier, Joel Grey, Samantha Eggar

Released: February 29, 1976

Availability: DVD VHS


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