Without a Clue

  • PG
  • Thom Eberhardt (1988)
  • UK
  • 101 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Comedy mystery starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, which suggests that Dr Watson is the real master sleuth and Sherlock Holmes his fictitious creation, impersonated by clueless actor Reginald Kincaid. When the Treasury's printing plate for the five-pound note is stolen, the mismatched duo investigates.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sherlock Holmes / Reginald Kincaid
Michael Caine
Dr John Watson
Ben Kingsley
Inspector Lestrade
Jeffrey Jones
Leslie Giles
Lysette Anthony
Professor Moriarty
Paul Freeman
Lord Smithwick
Nigel Davenport
Mrs Hudson
Pat Keen
Greenhough
Peter Cook
Sebastian
Tim Killick
Wiggins
Matthew Savage
Peter Giles
John Warner

Crew

Director
Thom Eberhardt

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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