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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Herbert Ross
Release Date 1976
Language English
Studio Alex Winitsky / Arlene Sellers Productions
Herbert Ross Productions
Universal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Nicol Williamson
Dr. John H. Watson Robert Duvall
Dr. Sigmund Freud Alan Arkin
Lola Deveraux Vanessa Redgrave
Professor James Moriarty Laurence Olivier
Lowenstein Joel Grey
Mary Morstan Watson Samantha Eggar
Baron Karl von Leinsdorf Jeremy Kemp
Mycroft Holmes Charles Gray

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution is a British-American 1976 thriller, adapted from Nicholas Meyer's 1974 novel of same title. It is directed by Herbert Ross and stars Nicol Williamson as Sherlock Holmes, Robert Duvall as Dr. John Watson, Alan Arkin as Dr. Sigmund Freud, and Laurence Olivier as Professor James Moriarty. The story is heavily non-canon: as a result of his addiction to cocaine, Holmes believes that Professor Moriarty is a criminal mastermind. Watson, assisted by Mycroft Holmes, lures Sherlock to Vienna, where the great detective will be treated by Sigmund Freud. During the course of his treatment, Holmes investigates a kidnapping case and uncovers a sinister plot, and Freud finds out a dark secret of Holmes' family.

The film received two Oscar nominations for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and Best Costume Design at the 49th Academy Awards.

The following weapons were used in the film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution:


Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873

Suffering from cocaine addiction combined with delusions of persecution, Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) holds a Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver when Watson visits him on 221B Baker Street after four monthes of his absence.

Chamelot-Delvigne Mle. 1873 (factory bare finish) - 11x17.8mmR
Concerned Watson watches Holmes with a revolver in hand.
Another view of Holmes' revolver.
One more view of the revolver.
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What a deplorable condition of the great detective!
A good view of Holmes' revolver on a screenshot from HD release.

Webley RIC No.1 New Model

Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall) owns a Webley RIC No.1 New Model revolver. During the events of the film, this revolver is also seen in hands of Dr. Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin) and Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) who notably uses the gun in the scene in Amin Pasha's train.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Webley RIC No.1 New Model with 4.5" barrel - .476 Webley
Watson examins the revolver when he prepares for the voyage to Vienna.
Holmes, armed with Watson's revolver, interrogates drug dealer and kidnapper Lowenstein (Joel Grey).
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Another view of the revolver in same scene.
Watson hijacks a train when the company pursue Amin Pasha's train.
Station Master Berger (John Bird): This is the Dresden local.
Dr. Watson: (drawing the revolver) It is now the Orient Express!
Holmes holds the revolver during the swordfight with Baron Karl von Leinsdorf (Jeremy Kemp) on the rooftop of the train.
Holmes is wounded in hand...
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...and drops the revolver.

Tranter M1868

A pair of Tranter M1868 revolvers is seen in the scene in Amin Pasha's train. Baron Karl von Leinsdorf (Jeremy Kemp) uses a short-barreled revolver to fire at the locomotive on which Holmes and Co pursue the villains. Later Leinsdorf holds same revolver (it must be a different gun due to the plot, but it's just same prop reused) during the swordfight with Holmes. Dr. Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin) holds a nickel plated Tranter M1868 with a longer barrel when he threatens Amin Pasha and his bodyguards.

Tranter M1868 - .450
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Leinsdorf fires at pursuers.
He takes another same looking revolver from the wall in the railcar (how Baron lost his first revolver, isn't shown).
Leinsdorf with a Tranter and Holmes with a Webley RIC.
Leinsdorf draws his revolver after he disarms Holmes in swordfight...
...but his gun misfires or runs dry.
One of the revolvers on the wall appears to be the nickel plated Tranter that is later used by Freud.
Freud holds a nickel plated Tranter and a flintlock musket (see below).
He holds Amin Pasha at gunpoint.

Webley .38 Mk IV "Pocket"

A snub nose gold-plated revolver with pearl grips that appears to be a Webley .38 Mk IV "Pocket" model is seen on the wall. It doesn't fit for 1891 when the story is set but may stand for early versions of Webley. 455 revolvers.

Webley Mk IV, 3" barreled "Pocket" model - .38 S&W
The Webley is partially seen on top.
The revolver is seen at the left.
This view of the revolver allows to identify it as a Pocket Webley.

Various revolvers

Two more unidentified revolvers are seen on the wall between two shotguns.
Unidentified (possibly a top-break) revolver is second from top. The one on top is a Tranter revolver that in other scenes is seen on another place.


Flintlock (?) Pistol

An antique pistol is seen on the wall. Its lock looks more like flintlock but it's hard to say for sure. Possibly this is a non-firing decorative "wall-hanger".

Modern reproduction of a 18th Century Flintlock Pistol. The screen gun looks somewhat similar.
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Unidentified rifle (mocked up as flintlock carbine)

In the scene in Amin Pasha's train Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin) takes a flintlock carbine from the wall. Upon close inspection, the gun appear to be kind of a breech-loading lever-actuated rifle, visually modified to resemble an Oriental style flintlock gun.

The gun is seen on the wall.
Freud takes the gun.
He threatens Amin Pasha.
Freud finds drugged Lola Deveraux. The fake flintlock and the real lever on his gun can be seen.
Freud holds the gun after a "gunshot" (only sound, no fire or smoke from the muzzle) at Amin Pasha's bodyguard. Oriental-style buttstock can be seen.
Another view of same scene. The lever can be seen, and its shape and position resemble Martini-Henry system.
The gun is seen on a promotional image.

Unidentified rifles

Border guards of an unnamed Balkan state (possibly Serbia, judging by the colors of the flag) carry short rifles. They are seen too unclear for identification.

A border guard carries a rifle (at the left) when Amin Pasha's train crosses the border.
The guards close the barrier. A rifle is seen at far left
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The guards with rifles run after the locomotive of Holmes and Co that breaked through the barrier.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Two Double Barreled Shotguns are seen in Amin Pasha's train. A shotgun is seen in a scene of Holmes' childhood.

Two shotguns are seen on the wall together with revolvers.
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A general view of the shotguns on the wall.
A horrible scene from Sherlock Holmes childhood that came back to him under hypnosis: Holmes' father (Leon Greene) kills his wife (Jill Townsend) when he caughts her with her lover - Prof. Moriarty.

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