Without a Clue

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

Cast

Michael Caine
as Sherlock Holmes
Ben Kingsley
as Dr. John Watson
Jeffrey Jones
as Inspector Lestrade
Lysette Anthony
as Impostor Leslie Giles
Matthew Sim
as Real Leslie
Paul Freeman
as Dr. Moriarty
Nigel Davenport
as Lord Smithwick
Pat Keen
as Mrs. Hudson
Peter Cook
as Greenhough
Tim Killick
as Sebastian
John Warner
as Peter Giles
Harold Innocent
as Mayor Johnson
Mathew Sim
as Real Leslie
George Sweeney
as John Clay
Martin Pallot
as Photographer
Gregor Fisher
as Bobby at Warehouse
Caroline Milmoe
as Constance
James Bree
as Barrister
Lesley Daine
as Lady on Train
Jennifer Guy
as Christabel
Steven O'Donell
as Bartender
John Tordoff
as Mr. Andrews
Alexandra Spencer
as Mrs. Andrews
John Surman
as Constable at Lakes
Andrew Bradford
as Dockworker
Evan Russell
as Sergeant at Docks
Stephen Tiller
as Reporter #1
Michael O'Hagan
as Reporter #2
Ivor Roberts
as Reporter #3
Clive Mantle
as Thug #1
Dave Cooper
as Thug #2
Sam Davies
as Local #1
Adam Kotz
as Local #2
Les White
as Henchman #1
Chris Webb
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Critic Reviews for Without a Clue

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (4)

  • This is an amusing premise, but it is not enough. In order to effectively satirize something, you must first transcend it.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The role reversal proves to be an irresistible hook for a comedy, and for the most part, Without a Clue delivers on this idea, with wonderful performances by Kingsley and Caine and crackling banter by scripters Gary Murphy and Larry Strawther.

    Apr 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • ...it's impossible not to derive some pleasure out of Caine and Kingsley's effortless chemistry with one another...

    Jul 4, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Uma divertida brincadeira que explora bem as características dos personagens de uma maneira nova, beneficiando-se principalmente da interação entre os ótimos Caine e Kingsley.

    Jun 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • An inspired taken on the "Holmes" legend....some good laughs to be had

    May 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Conceit was good, execution weak and faulty

    Aug 30, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Without a Clue

  • Nov 06, 2011
    I can't understand why this never did well upon release as I think its a marvellous spoof/comedy that is perfectly cast with Caine and Kinglsey as 'Holmes' and 'Watson'. This could easily of come from the mind of Mel Brooks really its that kind of light hearted romp with silly jokes and silly prat falls, not too childish just about right. The plot for the film is also quite genius, simply the roles are reversed, Watson (Kingsley) is the brilliant detective and Holmes (Caine) is actually a bumbling drunk who is employed by Watson to pretend to be the real Holmes for the sake of his novels and his own job. Caine's character is actually called 'Reg Kinclaid' who simply inherits the name of Holmes for the big cover up that the real Watson has orchestrated. What is also quite impressive is the look of the film, sets, costumes and location work are all really well done and look quite realistic, add to this a very impressive cast of classic stars (mainly English) and this really is a top class adventure very much like Gene Wilder's film 'The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother' only much better looking.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2009
    the most amusing version of sherlock holmes. kingsley and caine make it worth watching, but don't put off watching other stuff to see this. it's for a quiet afternoon when there's not much else to do. alot of the jokes are repetitive and the slap-stick becomes tiresome quickly
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2009
    Such an underrated film. This is a great twist on the characters, and the two leads are superb. The film itself doesn't go anywhere you don't expect, but there are plenty of chuckles along the way. Worth a watch.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2008
    Always liked this film althgh it's not one of Caine's best and Kingsley was still a few years away from Schindler and the monumental Sexy Beast. A good concept that is completely executed well but has enough in it to keep you entertained. Interestingly it looks like Will Ferrell is taking the same tact with his next film. Hopefully he'll take it a step further.
    David S Super Reviewer

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