Without a Clue

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Movie Info

Brilliant sleuth Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley) solves a royal case with a third-rate actor paid to be Sherlock Holmes (Michael Caine).

Cast & Crew

Michael Caine
Sherlock Holmes
Ben Kingsley
Dr. John Watson
Jeffrey Jones
Inspector Lestrade
Lysette Anthony
Leslie Giles
Paul Freeman
Professor James Moriarty
Nigel Davenport
Lord Smithwick
Pat Keen
Mrs. Hudson
Peter Cook
Norman Greenhough
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Critic Reviews for Without a Clue

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  • 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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