The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes


Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 96%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 8592


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Christopher Lee as Mycroft Holmes
Clive Revill as Rogozhin
Robert Stephens as Sherlock Holmes
Frank Thornton as Porter
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Eric Stevenson 8 / 10

Good, but not a classic for me

This is regarded as one of the best Sherlock Holmes films of all time. I admit that I realize I'm not really a big fan of Sherlock. Still, this was definitely a good movie. I had no idea that was Christopher Lee, he looks so amazingly young! Well, he was one of the most prolific actors ever. As the title suggests, this movie really does focus on the private life of Sherlock Holmes. We especially see his attitudes towards women and Watson.

We even get the implication that he could be gay. I think the classic depiction of Sherlock Holmes was for him to be asexual. The main plot doesn't appear until 40 minutes in, which was a little distracting. We still get a very complex story here complete with great religious imagery, amazing machines and characters with strange backstories. The film's length is also perfect. This was a fairly unique look at the character. ***

Reviewed by LeonLouisRicci 8 / 10

Billy Wilder...Wrong Place Wrong Time...But Still...Elegant & Entertaining

There were Forces Afoot that Writer/Director Billy Wilder could Not Control.

The Super-Flops of Extravagant, Big Budget Behemoths (the counterculture was taking over the box office) and Wilder became a Victim of Circumstance and His Own Aging Style that Served Him Well over the Years, but was now something of an Anachronism.

That's Not to Say that the Movie was Dated upon its Initial Release, because it was not and still Holds Up Today. The Humor, the Experimental Exploration of Holmes "Private" Life, and the overall Theme of the Enterprise is Charming, Witty, and Entertaining.

The Films most Annoying, Over the Top, Fingers on the Blackboard Scenes are with Watson (Colin Blakely) Screeching at Holmes (Robert Stephens) and Running Amok at the Hint of a Homosexual Scandal and a Stiff Wooden Loch Ness Monster that a Child could Render a Fake (shades of Nigel Bruce).

Wilder called this His most "elegant production" and it is Sumptuous. It Radiates a Fascination with Period Detail and the Extravagance is Pleasurably Documented On Screen.

Overall, a Fine Film with a Number of Things to Recommend to Sherlock Holmes Aficionados and Casual Moviegoers.

But it Suffered Somewhat by being made at the Center of a Cultural Storm that Resulted in the Death of the Studio System and was Reeking Havoc on Hollywood Movies and the Panic was Profound.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 8 / 10

Billy Wilder has a crack at Sherlock Holmes!

Filmed at Pinewood Studios, England, and on locations at Inverness, Scotland; Oxford; London; and Malta. A Mirisch Films Presentation. A Phalanx Production, released through United Artists.

Copyright 1970 by the Mirisch Production Company. New York opening: 29 October 1970 at the Radio City Music Hall (ran 3 weeks). U.S. release: December 1970. U.K. release: 17 January 1971. 11,270 feet. 125 minutes.

NOTES: Wilder actually shot two more stories, but the distributor felt that the movie was far too long and would discourage theater owners from booking the film. I have seen stills from these cut segments which look very interesting indeed, including a fair amount of footage that was actually shot in Malta. And I used to have a still where all the contents of a room seem to be upside down. And what happened to Inspector Lestrade who is listed in some of the distributor's hand-outs, but isn't at present in the movie at all?

The movie as we now have it, begins with a short Prologue with the grandson of Dr. Watson opening a dispatch-box of unpublished Sherlock stories. The first of these is actually a well-known tale concerning George Bernard Shaw, in which it was alleged that some moderately famous female (her profession varies from fellow writer to Russian ballerina) suggests to Shaw that they have a child who will inherit her looks and his brains. Shaw is alleged to have replied: "But what if the child has my looks and your brains?"


COMMENT: Wilder says that "private" is the operative word here — and I agree with him. This is not so much a detective whodunit but a vie intime. So far as detecting is concerned, Holmes comes off a distinct second best.

I admit I didn't see the point of the film's elaborate Prologue. It seemed to me to have very little to do with the rest of the film except to create atmosphere and character — and show off some delightfully Victorian sets and bric-a-brac. In fact, the whole film seems devoted to an exposition of Victoriana, capped by the appearance of Queen Victoria herself.

The pace is leisurely, and somewhat unexciting - by design rather than accident! Wilder has seen to it that just about all the drama for the most part occurs off-screen.

Nevertheless, the cast is appealing; the photography, costumes and sets are all most attractive; and perhaps most exciting of all is that we can give a big welcome back to composer, Miklos Rozsa, whose music score brilliantly sets just the right mood of menace behind the Victorian picturesque.

I'm happy to add that this movie was available on an excellent MGM DVD, but I'm not sure if it is still in the catalog.

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