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They Might Be Giants (1971)

In a Manhattan psychiatric hospital a man, convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, is treated by a female doctor who happens to be named Watson.

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Justin
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Peabody
Lester Rawlins ...
Blevins
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Messenger
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Daisy
Ron Weyand ...
Dr. Strauss
Oliver Clark ...
Mr. Small
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Peggy
Jenny Egan ...
Miss Finch
Jane Hoffman ...
2nd Telephone Operator
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Telephone Guard
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Policeman
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Mr. Brown
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Grace
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They Might be Giants chronicles the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in modern-day New York City. The fact that Sherlock Holmes is a psychotic paranoid and Dr. Watson is a female psychiatrist fascinated by his case is almost beside the point. Dr. Watson follows Holmes across Manhattan and is, against her better judgment, drawn into the master detective's world of intrigue and danger. This is a sweet, goofy and fairly romantic film that asks the questions "Whose reality is right...and does it really matter?" Written by John Gerrath <jagerrat@uoguelph.ca>

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When they reach out for each other... they touch every heart... with warmth, charm and laughter!


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21 February 1972 (Sweden)  »

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A detektív és a doktor  »

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Trivia

Paul Benedict plays a bit part as a chestnut man in the street. The next shot shows George C. Scott investigating a poster in Times Square advertising the play "The Front Page". Paul Benedict was cast in Billy Wilder's film adaptation of the play three years later. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stuntman for George C. Scott during scuffle with vendor. See more »

Quotes

Justin Playfair: If there is no Moriarty, then I am not Holmes.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: The human heart can see what is hidden to the eyes, and the heart knows things that the mind does not begin to understand. See more »

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References Don Quijote de la Mancha (1947) See more »

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6 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that is so quirky that you love watching it. Certainly not a big budget film despite having two great actors in George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward but it is a fun film. Director Anthony Harvey had an odd career. He only directed nine theatrical feature films and in only his second film he hit a home run with 1968's The Lion in Winter getting seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for himself. He didn't win in those two categories but that film did win three Oscars. He didn't direct another film for three years until he came out with They Might be Giants which was such a small film and such a departure from his previous big historical epic. George C. Scott turns in an excellent performance here as does Woodward. This isn't a great film but it's fun and interesting and the supermarket scene is a riot. I've seen this a couple of times and would definitely like to see it again sometime. I would give this a 7.5 on a scale of 10.


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