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Without a Clue (1988)

A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective, Dr. Watson.

Director:

Thom Eberhardt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Reginald Kincaid / Sherlock Holmes
Ben Kingsley ... Dr. Watson
Jeffrey Jones ... Inspector Lestrade
Lysette Anthony ... Leslie Giles
Paul Freeman ... Prof. James Moriarty
Nigel Davenport ... Lord Smithwick
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Mrs. Hudson
Peter Cook ... Greenhough
Tim Killick Tim Killick ... Sebastian
Matthew Savage Matthew Savage ... Wiggins
John Warner John Warner ... Peter Giles
Matthew Sim ... Real Lesley
Harold Innocent ... Mayor Johnson
George Sweeney ... John Clay
Murray Ewan Murray Ewan ... Archie
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock and Me See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The place of Dr. John Watson (Sir Ben Kingsley) and Sherlock Holmes (Sir Michael Caine) abode was the traditional Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes and Watson address of 221B Baker Street, London, though technically in this movie, its really just Dr. Watson's home address, because Holmes is an actor who comes on-board as a front-man, because he is popular. See more »

Goofs

The postcard from Lesley has a picture of the Eiffel Tower occupying one entire side. Postcards of this type did not exist anywhere until 1901 or 1902, and in France not until 1904. See more »

Quotes

Holmes: I see, and observe.
Reporter #2: Isn't that rather redundant?
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Crazy Credits

With apologies to the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson See more »

Connections

Featured in Premio Donostia a Michael Caine (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Did You Get that Hat?
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph J. Sullivan
Performed by Sarah Parr-Byrne
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An Absolute Gem
21 July 2001 | by diva10155See all my reviews

This is one of those movies you come across by total chance and it quickly becomes a firm favourite.

Two of Britains finest actors, a strong support cast, a witty script and a light touch from the director make for an absolute gem of a movie. It's a complete mystery to me how this film has never found a wider audience.

It's lovely to see the magnificent Ben Kingsley doing comedy (and I wish he'd do more!). The chemistry between Kingsley and Michael Caine is wonderful and their comic timing together is faultless.

If you want to see two class acts in action and have a good laugh as well, then this is your film.


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