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
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was not billed in the credits for characters for this movie, but he did receive a joke apology in the closing titles. See more »
Despite using a passable English accent, the ticket master who sells Watson the tickets for the return trip to London from Lake Windermere enunciates the word 'class' in first class the American way 'classs'. A true Brit would announce it (phonetically) as 'first clarse'. The pronunciation of class depends on the accent of the Brit, any Brit born north of approximately Northampton would pronounce class as an American, does, southern English speakers would say "clarse" See more »
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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