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They Might Be Giants (1971)

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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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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!


Certificate:

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Trivia

The title is derived from Miguel de Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote." Quixote tilted at windmills because he was sure they were giants. In this movie, Justin states that Quixote was crazy to be convinced that windmills are giants. But to wonder if "they might be giants" - that's another matter. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stuntman for George C. Scott during scuffle with vendor. See more »

Quotes

Justin Playfair: Hershey's Kisses! Out the Back!
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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 »

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Spoofs Shane (1953) See more »

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If you've never seen this it's worth looking for
6 March 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1971 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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