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Release Date:
21 February 1972 (Sweden) See more »
When they reach out for each other... they touch every heart... with warmth, charm and laughter!
In a Manhattan psychiatric hospital a man, convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, is treated by a female doctor who happens to be named Watson. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George C. Scott ... Justin

Joanne Woodward ... Watson

Jack Gilford ... Peabody
Lester Rawlins ... Blevins

Al Lewis ... Messenger

Rue McClanahan ... Daisy
Ron Weyand ... Dr. Strauss
Oliver Clark ... Mr. Small

Theresa Merritt ... Peggy
Jenny Egan ... Miss Finch
Jane Hoffman ... 2nd Telephone Operator

Michael McGuire ... Telephone Guard

Eugene Roche ... Policeman

James Tolkan ... Mr. Brown

Kitty Winn ... Grace
Sudie Bond ... Maud
Staats Cotsworth ... Winthrop

F. Murray Abraham ... Clyde

Paul Benedict ... Chestnut Man

M. Emmet Walsh ... 1st Sanitation Man

Louis Zorich ... 2nd Sanitation Man
Ted Beniades ... Taxi Driver
Worthington Miner ... Mr. Bagg
Frances Fuller ... Mrs. Bagg
Ralph Clanton ... Supermarket Manager
John McCurry ... Lieutenant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Candice Azzara ... Teenage Girl (uncredited)
Tony Capodilupo ... Chief (uncredited)

Matthew Cowles ... Teenage Boy (uncredited)
Dorothy Greener ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jacques Sandulescu ... Mr. Brown's Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Harvey 
Writing credits
James Goldman (screenplay)

James Goldman (play)

Produced by
Frank Caffey .... associate producer
John Foreman .... producer
Jennings Lang .... producer (uncredited)
Paul Newman .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
Production Design by
John Robert Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
Herbert F. Mulligan  (as Herbert Mulligan)
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Fern Buchner (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Vincent Callaghan .... makeup artist (as Vince Callaghan)
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Production Management
Morton Gorowitz .... unit production manager
Jack Grossberg .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman I. Cohen .... assistant director
Louis A. Stroller .... assistant director
Art Department
Gene Rudolf .... scenic chargeman (as Eugene Rudolf)
Sound Department
Nathan Boxer .... sound mixer
Al Nahmias .... sound editor (as Albert Nahmias)
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... rerecording (as Richard Vorisek)
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph G. Aulisi .... associate costume designer
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe
Music Department
John Barry .... music supervisor
Ken Thorne .... conductor
Ken Thorne .... music arranger
Ken Thorne .... orchestrator
Other crew
Jennings Lang .... presenter (as A Jennings Lang Presentation)
Barbara Rittenberg .... script supervisor
Shari Leibowitz .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)

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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:G (MPAA rating: certificate #22690)

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F. Murray Abraham's movie debut.See more »
Continuity: When Scott and Woodward are riding in a taxi, from his angle the cab is stopped; from her angle the cab is moving.See more »
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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Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
If you've never seen this it's worth looking for, 6 March 2006
Author: johno-21 from United States

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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