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The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977)

The grandson of the world's first and foremost consulting detective and his bumbling, bionic sidekick attempt to catch the only living descendant of Professor Moriarty.

Director:

Joseph McGrath

Writers:

John Cleese, Jack Hobbs (original idea) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Arthur Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Lowe ... Dr. William Watson, M.D.
Ron Moody ... Dr. Henry Gropinger
Holly Palance ... Air Hostess
Joss Ackland ... President
Val Pringle Val Pringle ... Black CIA Man
Bill Mitchell Bill Mitchell ... Klein
Christopher Malcolm ... The Other CIA Man (as Chris Malcolm)
Gyearbuor Asante Gyearbuor Asante ... African Delegate (as Christopher Asante)
Denholm Elliott ... English Delegate
Nick Tate ... 1st Australian
Josephine Tewson ... Miss Hoskins
Burt Kwouk ... Chinese Delegate
Stratford Johns ... Chief Commisioner Blocker
Connie Booth ... Mrs. Hudson
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Storyline

The grandchild of Professor James Moriarty had promised the world that it has only five days left to live. Moriarty is a master of disguise, a crack shot, and is very patient. Several government figures are shot to death, and it seems that it truly is the end of civilization as we know it- until the President learns that the grandson of Sherlock Holmes is living at 221B Baker Street, and send the Police Commisioner of Scotland Yard to employ him. Unfortunately, Arthur Sherlock Holmes is a quick-tempered, ranting, violent bungler, and his assistant, Dr. William Watson (grandson of Dr. John H. Watson) is one of the most moronic creatures ever to walk the earth, although he is invaluable because he has "bionic bits". Holmes has inherited a drug habit from his grandfather, one which his housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, is less than discreet about, and the sleek Moriarty is also one step ahead of him, eventually murdering the police commisioner. Finally, Holmes decides to hold a party, inviting ... Written by Bloggers!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziwna sprawa konca cywilizacji See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Colombo character drives up in a Sunbeam Talbot convertible,, whereas in the Colombo series Peter Falk drove a Peugeot convertible. See more »

Goofs

The shot dead Australian cop laying over the table, can clearly be seen breathing at a rapid pace. See more »

Quotes

Chief Commisioner Blocker: You've... ah, no doubt read, Mr. Holmes...
Dr. William Watson, M.D.: Good Lord.
Chief Commisioner Blocker: ...read in the newspapers...
Dr. William Watson, M.D.: Great Scott.
Chief Commisioner Blocker: ...of certain mysterious incidents?
Arthur Sherlock Holmes: The unexpected but accurate bisecting of the Belgian foreign minister, the Royal College of Needlework massacre, the strange affair of the seven boiled bishops, and the man-eating poodles of Lambeth Palace enigma?
Chief Commisioner Blocker: No.
Dr. William Watson, M.D.: Good Lord.
Arthur Sherlock Holmes: Just as I thought.
Chief Commisioner Blocker: No, I'm referring to the mysterious shooting of Dr. Gropinger.
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Spoofs The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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England's version of Police Squad
25 January 2004 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

For 1975, this was it! A typical John Cleese spoof that is meant for laughs. Connie Booth is added to the cast alongside her then husband Cleese. A surprise addition of the cast is late actor Arthur Lowe who has more laughs than Cleese. A strong supporting actor from other films such as IF... and The Ruling Class, Lowe is perfect as the stupid but love able side kick. For just a 55 minute feature, The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know it is a quick, yet fun ride that pokes fun at just about everything "detective like" in English and American media. Holmes, Bond, Columbo, etc.


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