Without A Clue

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Country:  UK
Genre:Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Rating:7.5  Rate
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Community: 4 Have Seen, 1 Wishlist

DirectorThom Eberhardt
Selected CastMichael Caine as Reginald Kincaid / Sherlock Holmes
 Ben Kingsley as Dr. Watson
 Jeffrey Jones as Inspector Lestrade
 Lysette Anthony as Leslie Giles

On DVD & Blu-ray World


Without A Clue - Unknown - UK

Without A Clue - MGM - USA (2004)

Without A Clue - Alexandra Video - Bulgaria (1994)

Without A Clue - Filmpac - Australia (1989)

Without A Clue - Filmpac - Australia (1989)

Comments and Reviews
11th Nov 2023

Magic Marmalade
24th Jun 2022
 Rated 8/10
Still, perhaps my favourite Sherlock Holmes movie.

I don't know why exactly, but people tend not to like this movie, maybe because of the central conceit, that's it's a subversive spoof of Sherlock Holmes, that imagines him as a Fraud... a piece of window dressing co conceal the real brains behind the operation: Ben Kingsley's watson.

...Not Cannon!


But this means that, Holmes aficionados aside, it's great fun, light hearted, and very self-deprecating.

The essential plot is nothing new... Moriarty is up to no good, and Scotland Yard recruits Holmes to get to the bottom of things, unfortunately, it's a sham, as "Holmes" (Michael Caine) is a bit of a scummy, drunkard, out of work actor, hired by the frustrated author of the Holmes stories, Watson, to be the living embodiment of his fictional creation, so he can solve crimes in real life... until "Holmes" is actually called upon to play the part for real, in Watson's stead.

And this makes for a great set up, with Caine giving a gloriously dishevelled, bungling, slapstick comedic performance, against, Kingsley's straight-man.

There's only a couple of cringey moments that wouldn't perhaps make the cut today, in what is otherwise a light-hearted, brisk, family comedy version of the super-sleuth, but still a very enjoyable watch, I think, and though it might be blasphemous to the Holmes brigade, deserves to be better regarded for what it is.

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