The scene: Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively, in this 1988 film, but the plot in this film turns the detective paradigm on its ear by making Holmes a bumbling gambler, womanizer and a drunkard. His real identity, an actor-for-hire named Reginald Kincaid, has been covered up by the brilliant Dr. Watson, who uses the foolhardy Holmes as a front. In actuality, the doctor is the real sleuth. The Sherlock reference? It's elementary: It doesn't take a genius detective to figure out that the film is a spoof that reverses the roles of the genius detective and the bumbling sidekick.
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