They Might Be Giants (1971)

G  |   |  Mystery, Comedy, Romance  |  21 February 1972 (Sweden)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lester Rawlins ...
Ron Weyand ...
Dr. Strauss
Oliver Clark ...
Mr. Small
Jenny Egan ...
Miss Finch
Jane Hoffman ...
2nd Telephone Operator
Telephone Guard
Mr. Brown


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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Bledny detektyw  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film provided US Alternative rock outfit 'They Might be Giants' with their name. See more »


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


Mr. Small: Will there be... danger?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "Jehovah has the Devil, Achilles has his Heel, Mohammed has his Mountain, Don Quixote has his Windmills; and SHERLOCK HOLMES, God bless him, has his MORIARTY"
  • from Watson's Journal

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

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A fun movie! One of my Top Three All-Time Favs...
30 June 2004 | by (calif) – See all my reviews

This movie is in my Top Ten of all time flicks! Scott was made for this role. No one could have done it better. I'm surprised how many people have never seen this gem. The writing is brilliant, acting superb! All of human emotion can be seen in this little film. OK, I don't quite understand the ending but that really doesn't detract from the whole. I laugh and cry no matter how many times I watch it. Scott is for the underdog and can see human nature as no one else can. Joanne Woodward falls head-over-heels for Justin and realizes the only way she can reach him is through assimilating his reality. It's a romantic comedy that should not be missed.

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