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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:
Magical film, full of poetry See more (43 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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Justin Playfair:Just keep saying to yourself "I'm adequate."See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Sheik (1921)See more »

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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Magical film, full of poetry, 7 May 1999
Author: Stefan Kahrs from Canterbury, England

If you look for flaws in this film you will find plenty. Still, I gave this film a 10 vote because it has overriding qualities which are extremely rare. It is a magical film, full of poetry, it touches you where other films cannot reach. It creates a fantasy world of its own in the midst of modern society, a fantasy world which is utterly implausible and yet so compellingly persuasive.

The cast of this gem is mesmerisingly excellent, all parts I can think of are cast with character actors who on their own have stolen entire films from the stars. The central performance by George C. Scott is majestic, and so is John Barry's wonderful score. The film contains many memorable scenes, but outstanding amongst the lot is the supermarket scene. If I had to compile a list of the ten best scenes ever put to celluloid, this would be included.

Unique.

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