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Without a Clue

Without a Clue

Thom Eberhardt (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The real brains behind Sherlock Holmes belonged to Dr Watson, according to this hit-and-miss Baker Street farce; in fact, the shy doctor invented the fictitious sleuth as a front for his own brilliant crime detection skills. As Holmes captured the public's imagination, Watson was forced to hire actor Reginald Kincaid to impersonate him. How they fare while investigating a plot to undermine the British Empire with forged five pound notes is the comedy basis for this mismatched buddy movie that's good fun despite the patchy laughs and hammy performances. Ben Kingsley's Watson wipes the floor with Michael Caine's Holmes.


Brilliant detective Dr John Watson decides to conceal his sleuthing for the sake of his medical reputation, so invents a fictional investigator called Sherlock Holmes and hires a washed-up actor to play the role. The pair get drawn into a mystery that threatens the stability of the British Empire. Comedy, starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes/Reginald Kincaid Michael Caine
Dr John Watson Ben Kingsley
Leslie Giles Lysette Anthony
Norman Greenhough Peter Cook
Insp Lestrade Jeffrey Jones
Lord Smithwick Nigel Davenport
Professor James Moriarty Paul Freeman
Wiggins Matthew Savage
Director Thom Eberhardt
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Edited. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy Drama

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