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Without a Clue (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  21 October 1988 (USA)
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A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective - Dr Watson.

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Storyline

This is a Sherlock Holmes story with a difference. Here Dr Watson is the ace detective and has been using an actor to play the part Holmes. Holmes is a drunken actor and gets on Watson's nerves. When Watson tries to go it alone, he doesn't have much success, so he is forced to let Holmes take all the credit once more. Written by Rob Hartill

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Watson...there's an evil mastermind on the loose! ...And my dear Holmes, there's an idiot on his trail! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sherlock and Me  »

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$8,539,181 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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The name of the new Sherlock Holmes story that had been published in 'Strand Magazine" was "Silver Blade". A tele-film called The Lady and the Highwayman (1989), that was also titled "Silver Blade", was first released the following 1989 year after Without a Clue (1988). See more »

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Holmes mentions the Loch Ness Monster. While modern enthusiasts have pored through history to find 'evidence', the modern craze and the phrase "Loch Ness Monster" began in the 1930s, well after this film, set in the 1880s. See more »

Quotes

Watson: Have you got your revolver with you?
Holmes: Yeah, sure.
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Where Did You Get that Hat?
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Written by Joseph J. Sullivan
Performed by Sarah Parr-Byrne
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A true lost gem
6 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

The premise is so clever. Sherlock Holmes never really existed. It was Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley) who had been solving these cases all along, and simply hired bumbling actor Reginald Kincaid (Michael Caine) to play the fake Sherlock Holmes.

To those who are hard-core Holmes fans, this film will be cherished. Sadly, the VHS is out of print in the USA (I bought mine used at a flea market), and DVDs are available only in Europe.

(UPDATE: The film has been released on DVD in the USA, but in Pan & Scan.)

Also, the film received hardly any promotion in the USA. But it is lavishly directed, cleverly written, and magnificently cast.

Everything about this film deserves exclamation points!

Track it down any way you can, and prepare to laugh out loud.


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