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They Might Be Giants (1971)

In a Manhattan psychiatric hospital a man, convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, is treated by a female doctor who happens to be named Watson.

Director:

Anthony Harvey

Writers:

James Goldman (screenplay), James Goldman (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Justin
Joanne Woodward ... Watson
Jack Gilford ... Peabody
Lester Rawlins Lester Rawlins ... Blevins
Al Lewis ... Messenger
Rue McClanahan ... Daisy
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... Dr. Strauss
Oliver Clark ... Mr. Small
Theresa Merritt ... Peggy
Jenny Egan Jenny Egan ... Miss Finch
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... 2nd Telephone Operator
Michael McGuire ... Telephone Guard
Eugene Roche ... Policeman
James Tolkan ... Mr. Brown
Kitty Winn ... Grace
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Storyline

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 <jagerrat@uoguelph.ca>

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When they reach out for each other... they touch every heart... with warmth, charm and laughter!


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A detektív és a doktor See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The genesis of this film is unusual, as James Goldman's original play, dating from the early-60s, had never been produced anywhere in the United States by the time the film was made. Goldman had reworked it several times, and there had been a short-run production of it in London in 1961, directed by Joan Littlewood at her famous Stratford East theater, far away from the West End. Harry H. Corbett had played the lead. Goldman was still dissatisfied, but, after the great success in 1968 of the film version of his subsequent play "The Lion In Winter", he and its director Anthony Harvey found themselves being lauded in Hollywood and asked if they might have any ideas for a future collaboration. Goldman had another go at revising his play as a film script, now setting it in New York streets and creating many new characters. The film was not a success, although it has become a cult favorite. See more »

Goofs

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: If there is no Moriarty, then I am not Holmes.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: The human heart can see what is hidden to the eyes, and the heart knows things that the mind does not begin to understand. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original theatrical release length of the film was 98 minutes. None of the streaming or DVD versions (save for the US Anchor Bay release) currently available include the full film; the Netflix version runs 91:15 and the Universal DVD on demand runs only 84 minutes. The penultimate scene in the grocery store is missing in these versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1992) See more »

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And They WERE Giants
12 December 2005 | by patdwyer4See all my reviews

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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