The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

DVD - 2003
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Private investigator Sherlock Holmes travels to Scotland to help a woman search for her missing husband.

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voisjoe1_0
Jan 27, 2017

One of Billy Wilder’s last films is a story of Sherlock Holmes that could not be told until many, many years after his death. And in this film we find out why the story had to be kept secret so many years after the death of the author of Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. May both Holmes and Doyle rest in peace. OK, have I convinced you that Holmes was a real person?

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WJ17
Jan 11, 2017

I've watched this "unwatchable" movie at least 50 times. On my Top 10 All-Time Favorite Movies list, this comes in at #4. No, it's not a wacky comedy, and it's not a traditional Sherlock Holmes mystery. It's a look at the man behind the magnifying glass and under the deerstalker cap (or whatever it's called). Billy Wilder originally intended this as a 3-hour roadshow movie, but unfortunately MGM chopped it down to 2 hours so some of it is a little erratic. Still, a very moving, funny movie. I always tear up at the final scene.

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Onewhoissaved
May 18, 2015

I was hoping for something entertaining, intriguing, captivating. Instead I got about 45 minutes of nap time and wondered why on Earth did Billy Wilder think this was a movie worth writing and producing and directing. The film opens with a famous Russian ballerina offering Holmes a Stradivarius violin if he would be willing to sexually impregnate her because she wants a child with a proved genius for a father. Holmes begs out by telling her that he and Doctor Watson are engaged in a homosexual relationship and that women are not his 'cup of tea'. When Watson finds out what Holmes has said he is beside himself. This is not comedy. I hoped the film was going to improve its' entertainment but, alas, this didn't happen. Unwatchable!

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