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They Might Be Giants (1971)

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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Justin Playfair
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Wilbur Peabody
Lester Rawlins ...
Blevins Playfair
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Messenger
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Daisy Playfair
Ron Weyand ...
Dr. Strauss
Oliver Clark ...
Mr. Small
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Peggy
Jenny Egan ...
Miss Finch
Jane Hoffman ...
2nd Telephone Operator
Michael McGuire ...
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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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 »

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

Quotes

Dr. Mildred Watson: You're just like Don Quixote. You think that everything is always something else.
Justin Playfair: Well, he had a point. 'Course he carried it a bit too far. He thought that every windmill was a giant. That's insane. But, thinking that they might be, well... All the best minds used to think the world was flat. But what if it isn't? It might be round. And bread mold might be medicine. If we never looked at things and thought of what might be, why we'd all still be out there in the tall grass with the apes.
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References Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937) See more »

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Delightful and quirky flick
15 May 2000 | by (Ottawa, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This movie sports many moments of pure magic. This film was my first introduction to George C. Scott, and to my mind, this was his best role ever, even surpassing the work he did in Dr. Strangelove and The Hospital.

And that soundtrack! An excellent score, indeed!


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