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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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Justin Playfair
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Wilbur Peabody
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Messenger
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Mr. Brown
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Grace
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Storyline

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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Bledny detektyw  »

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Trivia

The title is derived from Miguel de Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote." Quixote tilted at windmills because he was sure they were giants. In this movie, Justin states that Quixote was crazy to be convinced that windmills are giants. But to wonder if "they might be giants" - that's another matter. See more »

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

Quotes

Justin Playfair: Watson, your first impression of a detective worker, like it?
Dr. Mildred Watson: No!
Justin Playfair: [chuckles] Good girl! I know how girls are. No means yes.
Dr. Mildred Watson: I haven't been a girl in twenty years, and when I say "no", i mean "no"!
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Magical mystery film.
8 July 2000 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

Sadly, i saw this film only once, back in the early eighties;it remains unforgettable.An earlier reviewer said that it echoes Don Quixote as well as Holmes;they were right. Scott was one of the greatest actors, and this is one of his finest films. It is rich in humor and fantasy, and it boasts a very good performance by Ms. Woodward to compliment the one by Scott.


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