Posted by: greercn | May 20, 2017


If you loved those old cop shows that had their heyday in the 1970s, you’ll adore this. It has a lot of fun with the concepts of detective on TV, technology, cars, sidekicks and the women who featured in these shows. Hint: Few Nobel prizewinners were characters.

Set on the Isle of Man and featuring some of the team from The Mighty Boosh, I laughed a very great deal. “Mindhorn” is hilarious.

Years after the fictional show “Mindhorn” ended, the washed-up actor who played him is called in by the Isle of Man police. A serial killer is on the loose and he believes that Mindhorn is a real person.

With great reluctance, the police call in the actor who played Mindhorn.

The fictional detective had a surgically-attached eye that could tell the truth.

Julian Barratt stars in this and he co-writes, along with co-star Simon Farnaby. Barratt is in every scene and he manages the neat trick of taking himself very seriously while being utterly hilarious.

You get Kenneth Branagh, Simon Callow and David Hasselhoff, in smaller parts. Steve Coogan, Essie Davis and Andrea Riseborough all bring style and humour to this terrific ensemble.

If you loved “Bergerac”, “Starsky and Hutch”, “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “Knight Rider”, you’ll find much to enjoy here. And if you hated the genre, you’ll enjoy seeing it made fun of.

Sean Foley directs and it all passes very entertainingly, with scenes that whoosh past.

The Stratford East Picturehouse wasn’t very full, but we all laughed enough to fill the room. It’s a refreshing 89 minutes long and squeezes much originality and cheesy reminiscence into its time.

I really enjoyed it. You will too.

Do stay after the credits to get the Mindhorn detective’s “hit” single (in Europe) titled “(You Can’t) Handcuff The Wind”. Or, just watch that song on YouTube.

More movies should be set on the Isle of Man. It’s beautiful.



  1. Had a laugh watching this, didn’t love it but definitely had some great gags!

    • Thank you for your comment! I think you have to be “of a certain age” to appreciate how it lovingly mocks those 1960s and 1970s cop shows. For me, it was a laugh a minute and elegiac about getting old and not getting what you wanted, out of life.

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