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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:
Forgotten Favorite 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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Trivia:
F. Murray Abraham's movie debut.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 »

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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten Favorite, 12 October 2005
Author: dawuud2 from United States

Being American and inadvertently an avid viewer (consumer) of cinema of all genres and qualities, I have to say that this is one of my all-time, forgotten favorites.

Not being a film student or critic, I fall into that overlooked and easily dismissed category called "the audience" which is humorously described as having no knowledge of art, but knowing with certainty what one likes. As such, I can say, unequivocally, that I like this film.

Most important to me as a viewer, above all other aspects of a film, is the story that is being told. If the story is winning, endearing and meaningful, then all else can be forgiven, production quality, even poor acting. Sans the poor acting, "They Might Be Giants" is just such a film.

I won't bore you with the wealth of meaning and depth of insight that I have gleaned from this wonderful story. Suffice it to say that despite what some have chosen to call its' "saccharine" quality (and what I call its' endearing quality), this story has the metaphysical import that elevates it to the level of a modern-day fable for the Western World.

Because I am unstudied and basically an "illiterate" in terms of Western Literature, the references to Don Quiote were completely invisible to me until now. For this enlightenment, I give thanks to the other reviewers. This comparison rings true throughout the story, and has enriched its' overall meaning for me. However, because I was initially unaware of this now obvious reference, for me the "They" in the title of "They Might Be Giants" referred to the very characters, themselves, all of whom are socially flawed, socially marginalized individuals, all of whom are void of "desirability".

As such, these characters, very aptly portrayed by the cast, although quirky, stand-alone individuals respectively, collectively come to represent the "everyman". The impersonal facelessness and the spirit-killing angst of personal worthlessness in midst of the post-industrial age of "modernity" are the windmills at which our Don Quiote, Justin Playfair, tilts. More importantly, we come to understand that this mask of facelessness may well be hiding individuals of truly gigantic spiritual dimensions and human worth. Our fellow human beings, who we pass, nameless, in the streets, "They Might Be Giants"!

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