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Without a Clue (1988)

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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Meet the World's Greatest Detective and his bumbling partner . . . Sherlock Holmes See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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PG | See all certifications »

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sherlock and Me  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,246,772, 23 October 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,539,181
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1.66 : 1
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The film's two lead stars, Sir Ben Kingsley and Sir Michael Caine, have both won Academy Awards. Kingsley won the Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar for Gandhi (1982), while Caine has won two Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscars, for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and The Cider House Rules (1999). See more »

Goofs

During Holmes and Moriarty's sword-fight, Michael Caine's fencing double can clearly be seen from time to time. See more »

Quotes

Lord Smithwick: And I don't have to tell you what that would mean.
Sherlock Holmes: Yes you do.
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With apologies to the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson See more »

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Featured in Timeshift: A Study in Sherlock (2005) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Music by Thomas Hastings and lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
Sung by Mrs Hudson (Pat Keen) at the theatre
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Witty movie with great performances
6 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Every once in a while you see a movie that most everyone overlooks but it still strikes a cord with you. Without A Clue is a such a movie. It starts with a clever premise, Watson is the brains behind the bumbling Holmes, and while the actual criminal investiation in the movie isn't exactly a big stretch in deductive reasoning, what makes this movie worthwhile are the solid performances of Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley. The professional reviews linked with this movie would have you believe this movie isn't worth the bother, but that's not true. Caine and Kingsley seem to be having the time of their lives in this movie. (Granted Kingsley has the less flashy role but he still fills it with a great deal of subtley that the likes of Roger Ebert and his ilk must have missed) The quote page has some great excerpts from this funny movie, but there's so much more to it than just that. This one ranks as a guilty pleasure of mine, maybe not one that sits in everyone else's video collection, but it definitely holds a place in mine.


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