The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
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British stage luminary Robert Stephens plays Holmes, and Colin Blakely plays his friend and chronicler Dr. Watson in Billy Wilder's cinematic homage to the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This self-described "hitherto suppressed and thoroughly fascinating" tale entails Holmes' search for a missing mining engineer — a case that may significantly effect England’s national security. While solving the mystery, Holmes finds his first love, an enigmatic foreign beauty named Gabrielle Valladon (Genevieve Page). Wilder emphasizes current topics of the ‘70s such as drug addiction and homosexuality.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 21
- Fresh: 20
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is comparatively mild Billy Wilder and rather daring Sherlock Holmes, not a perfect mix, perhaps, but a fond and entertaining one.
Fresh: It is in large part old-fashioned, in that it's mile-wide and ancient-history Sherlock Holmes, but it's also handsomely produced and directed with incisiveness by Wilder.
Fresh: Wilder's second most underrated masterpiece.
Fresh: Affectionately conceived, chock-full of marvelous subtleties, this meticulously constructed adventure-romance shouldn't be missed.
This is an entertaining movie. However if you do not know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote such a story, I would advise reading the books first. This is an early 70's take on Holmes. It does not head the victorian reality that these stories spurn from and implies notions that were not present in their day. On its own, that is perfectly ok with me, however, it is not true to the period. Worth owning for Holmes collectors, worth seeing for enthusiasts.
I loved the movie. Despite what IMDB says , the movie is wonderful. The acting is great for its time and Robert Stepehens is an exceptional Sherlock. Colin Blakely played a wonderful John Watson. This movie is very well acted and I think everyone should get it. ALways good to enjoy a classic.
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- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1970
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