MEET THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE… AND SHERLOCK HOLMES.
Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley) is a brilliant detective, but since no one is interested in hiring a physician to solve crimes he’s had to invent a fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, and hire an actor (Michael Caine) to play him. A clever idea for this comedy, one I’m sure Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would enjoy. Watching Kingsley as the jealous, ingenious and temperamental doctor, and Caine as the drunken, clumsy and slow-witted actor is great fun. Plenty of laughs, and Henry Mancini’s music is colorful, but the story (involving Moriarty as always) is an unnecessarily weak ingredient.
1988-Britain. 106 min. Color. Directed by Thom Eberhardt. Music: Henry Mancini. Cast: Michael Caine (Sherlock Holmes/Reginald Kingcaid), Ben Kingsley (John Watson), Jeffrey Jones (Lestrade), Lysette Anthony, Paul Freeman, Nigel Davenport.