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Without a Clue 1988 film review


Without a Clue 1988 film review

Without a Clue (1988, United Kingdom)

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Running time
105 minutes
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English
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Our rating
★★★★★★★★★★ 10 / 10

After closing another successful investigation Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson return to their home at Baker Street. When they are alone we can see the true dynamic in this duo - Doctor Watson is the one that actually solves the mysteries while Sherlock Holmes is just an actor, who Watson uses as a front for the media. But this time Watson decides that he has enough of this cooperation - he has to do all the work, while Holmes drinks too much, talks to much and causes more damage that good. He throws Reginald Kincaid (because that is real name of the actor) out of their home and plans to start to work on his own. Soon big case comes up - the printing matrix used by the Bank of England to manufacture pound notes have been stolen and the man responsible for them also disappeared. Watson is ready to take this case and put his powerful mind at work... but nobody takes him seriously. Not the media, not police, not the chairman of Bank of England - they all treat him as a goofy sidekick to great Sherlock Holmes. Watson has no other option than find Kincaid and ask him to take the part of Holmes again.

Brilliant comedy that parodies the well known style of Arthur Conan Doyle and his novels about Sherlock Holmes, but with nice twist that Sherlock Holmes is in fact just a bumbling actor, clumsy idiot that likes to drink and have some fun, while Watson is the brain behind that duo. The idea was great, script was fresh, great performance from marvellous cast (Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley) - a must see!


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@Logic I don't know where did you get the idea that in Polish word "┼╝yd" is pronounces anything like "juwet", it isn't - the first letter (┼╝) is pronounced like the last syllable of the word "prestige"
Polish Guy (15-08-2018 21:53:22)


Has anyone ever considered that he was a calculating man and changed his MO because the victims in his later killings could have been traced back to him more easily, which is how he was caught, and that he slashed the Whitechapel victims because he could get away with it. His personality and past behaviors toward his wife (and other women) would suggest that he was very capable of committing the crimes done by Jack the Ripper. It is also to my understanding that he had monetary motives with the later victims, so he had to make the deaths look natural for those purposes in addition to making sure the murders couldn't be traced back to him if the looked like natural illnesses. Also, let's say for arguments sake that the Goulston street graffiti was actually written by the Ripper. The message itself is largely indecipherable to anyone other than the killer. But, the most credible reports indicated that Jews was spelled "Juwes". This is interesting because if you listen to how the word Jews is pronounced by a person saying the word for Jews in Polish, you will see that it could be that the writing on the wall was just a poor English transliteration from the Polish word for Jews. In Polish the word for Jew is "zyd", but it's pronounced similar to "juwet" with the W having the V sound. They probably had the guy, just a classic case of not enough evidence.
Logic (15-08-2018 07:09:16)




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Creators of Without a Clue


Thom Eberhardt films

Thom Eberhardt

director

Gary Murphy films

Gary Murphy

screenplay

Larry Strawther films

Larry Strawther

screenplay



Cast of Without a Clue


Michael Caine films

Michael Caine

as Sherlock Holmes

Ben Kingsley films

Ben Kingsley

as Dr. John Watson

Jeffrey Jones films

Jeffrey Jones

as Inspector Lestrade

Lysette Anthony films

Lysette Anthony

as Leslie Giles

Paul Freeman films

Paul Freeman

as Professor James Moriarty

Nigel Davenport films

Nigel Davenport

as Lord Smithwick

Pat Keen films

Pat Keen

as Mrs. Hudson

Peter Cook films

Peter Cook

as Norman Greenhough


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Trivia about Without a Clue


Gary Murphy and Larry Strawthe

The authors of the Without a Clue script, Gary Murphy and Larry Strawther, were writers associated primarily with TV sitcoms. Their credits include such titles as Night Court, Malcolm in the Middle, Caroline in the City, The Sinbad Show or God, the Devil and Bob.




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Without a Clue quotes


Sherlock Holmes: What are you doing?
Dr. John Watsonn: Thinking.
Sherlock Holmes: Right. Iĺm going to think too. [long pause] What shall we think about, Watson?


Sherlock Holmes: [pretending in front of witnesses that he investigates, looking up on the trees] What am I looking for?
Dr. John Watson: Footprints.
Sherlock Holmes: Ah. [starts to look down on the ground] Have I found any yet?
Dr. John Watson: Not yet.
Sherlock Holmes: Well let me know when I do.