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59 Ratings

The Seven Percent Solution

Directed by Herbert Ross
United States, 1976
Adventure, Comedy, Crime


Run down by his cocaine addiction, super sleuth Sherlock Holmes enters a treatment program under the care of renowned psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud in this delightful mystery-adventure based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Meyer.

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The Seven Percent Solution Directed by Herbert Ross

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1977 | 2 nominations including: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

National Board of Review

1976 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Writers Guild of America

1977 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1977 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actor

Critics reviews

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution captures the pangs of Holmes’s drug addiction in ways that seem fresh and interesting, even if they occasionally recall the expressionist mindscape of John Huston’s little-seen Freud. Wide-angle lenses and other visual distortions, used to visualize the hallucinatory progression of Holmes’s detox, conjure up a dream state that fractures space and time…
March 29, 2013
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