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They Might Be Giants
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Director:
Writers:
James Goldman (play)
James Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 February 1972 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
When they reach out for each other... they touch every heart... with warmth, charm and laughter!
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
And They WERE Giants See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George C. Scott ... Justin Playfair

Joanne Woodward ... Dr. Mildred Watson

Jack Gilford ... Wilbur Peabody
Lester Rawlins ... Blevins Playfair

Al Lewis ... Messenger

Rue McClanahan ... Daisy Playfair
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 (the usher)

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)
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Directed by
Anthony Harvey 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Goldman  play
James Goldman  screenplay

Produced by
Frank Caffey .... associate producer
John Foreman .... producer
Jennings Lang .... producer
Paul Newman .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper 
 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg 
 
Production Design by
John Robert Lloyd 
 
Set Decoration by
Herbert F. Mulligan 
 
Costume Design by
Fern Buchner 
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Vincent Callaghan .... makeup artist
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 .... sound re-recordist
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph G. Aulisi .... associate costume designer
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrober
 
Music Department
John Barry .... music supervisor
Ken Thorne .... conductor
Ken Thorne .... music arranger
Ken Thorne .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Shari Leibowitz .... assistant production coordinator
Barbara Rittenberg .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film provided US Alternative rock outfit 'They Might be Giants' with their name.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Obvious stuntman for George C. Scott during scuffle with vendor.See more »
Quotes:
Justin Playfair:There are no masses in Dodge City, only individuals taking responsibility for their own actions.See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
And They WERE Giants, 12 December 2005
Author: patdwyer4 (patdwyer4@aol.com) from NY, NY

I saw this gem of a motion picture on television in the early 70's. I really was no more than a boy when I saw it and yet it touched me in a way that no other film had. For the first time I appreciated a piece of cinema for more than just idle distraction from dull small town Texas life. They Might Be Giants taught me that movies could be art and could elevate as much as they entertain. From that time to this, whenever I am asked what is my favourite film, I always point to this picture. It was done on a very low budget so the story, characters and amazing actors carry it along the streets of New York, creating a world of whimsical romance and serio-comic tension. The relationship between the mad Justin Playfair (a loony judge who thinks he's Sherlock Homes) and Dr. Mildred Watson (obviously destined to become the pschizo's unwilling side kick) builds into a romance that is funny, touching and, by the end, uplifting. It is available on DVD now and is a cherished piece of my extensive collection. 10 out of 10 all the way.

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