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The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977)

The grandson of the world's first and foremost consulting detective and his bumbling, bionic sidekick attempt to catch the only living descendant of Professor Moriarty.

Director:

Joseph McGrath

Writers:

John Cleese, Jack Hobbs (original idea) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Arthur Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Lowe ... Dr. William Watson, M.D.
Ron Moody ... Dr. Henry Gropinger
Holly Palance ... Air Hostess
Joss Ackland ... President
Val Pringle Val Pringle ... Black CIA Man
Bill Mitchell Bill Mitchell ... Klein
Christopher Malcolm ... The Other CIA Man (as Chris Malcolm)
Gyearbuor Asante Gyearbuor Asante ... African Delegate (as Christopher Asante)
Denholm Elliott ... English Delegate
Nick Tate ... 1st Australian
Josephine Tewson ... Miss Hoskins
Burt Kwouk ... Chinese Delegate
Stratford Johns ... Chief Commisioner Blocker
Connie Booth ... Mrs. Hudson
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The grandchild of Professor James Moriarty had promised the world that it has only five days left to live. Moriarty is a master of disguise, a crack shot, and is very patient. Several government figures are shot to death, and it seems that it truly is the end of civilization as we know it- until the President learns that the grandson of Sherlock Holmes is living at 221B Baker Street, and send the Police Commisioner of Scotland Yard to employ him. Unfortunately, Arthur Sherlock Holmes is a quick-tempered, ranting, violent bungler, and his assistant, Dr. William Watson (grandson of Dr. John H. Watson) is one of the most moronic creatures ever to walk the earth, although he is invaluable because he has "bionic bits". Holmes has inherited a drug habit from his grandfather, one which his housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, is less than discreet about, and the sleek Moriarty is also one step ahead of him, eventually murdering the police commisioner. Finally, Holmes decides to hold a party, inviting ... Written by Bloggers!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziwna sprawa konca cywilizacji See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Colombo character drives up in a Sunbeam Talbot convertible,, whereas in the Colombo series Peter Falk drove a Peugeot convertible. See more »

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The shot dead Australian cop laying over the table, can clearly be seen breathing at a rapid pace. See more »

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Dr. William Watson, M.D.: [Explaining the inadvertent demise of the Police Commissioner by stabbing] He's taken a turn for the worse, I'm afraid. He's terribly ill. In fact he's so desperately ill, he's dead.
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Spoofs Columbo (1971) See more »

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Several decent ideas interspersed with totally inferior material.
14 September 2008 | by fedor8See all my reviews

Considering that this pointless little comedy was sandwiched between the two terrific Fawlty Towers seasons, and written around the same time as the best Python movie, "Life of Brian", it is amazing to me how Cleese could possibly have co-written such a lame script. Perhaps it was McGrath's fault to an extent? The two had already collaborated once on a monstrously unfunny flop called "The Magic Christian".

TSCOTEOCAWKI starts off fairly well with the murder of Kissinger, and then a decently written, pythonesque skit in the White House. From there it goes gradually downhill. The movie gets worse and worse by the minute, culminating in a finale that was simply too embarrassing to watch. I'm embarrassed just thinking about it now! It's the kind of material that 16 year-old comedy hopefuls would write for a high-school play. Moronic and unfunny to a fault.

When I first saw Kissinger/Gropinger, I thought it was Peter Sellers with make-up. However, Sellers would have done his homework and spoken the way Kissinger really speaks. This other actor did a poor imitation, voice-wise...


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