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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Justin
... Watson
... Peabody
Lester Rawlins ... Blevins
... Messenger
... Daisy
Ron Weyand ... Dr. Strauss
... Mr. Small
... Peggy
Jenny Egan ... Miss Finch
Jane Hoffman ... 2nd Telephone Operator
... Telephone Guard
... Policeman
... Mr. Brown
... Grace
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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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9 June 1971 (USA)  »

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A detektív és a doktor  »

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1.85 : 1
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The genesis of this film is unusual, as James Goldman's original play, dating from the mid-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 1966, directed by Joan Littlewood at her famous Stratford East theater, far way 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

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

Quotes

Justin Playfair: Watson, your first impression of a detective worker, like it?
Dr. Mildred Watson: No!
Justin Playfair: [chuckles] Good girl! I know how girls are. No means yes.
Dr. Mildred Watson: I haven't been a girl in twenty years, and when I say "no", i mean "no"!
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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 »

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References Don Quixote (1933) See more »

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A fun movie! One of my Top Three All-Time Favs...
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This movie is in my Top Ten of all time flicks! Scott was made for this role. No one could have done it better. I'm surprised how many people have never seen this gem. The writing is brilliant, acting superb! All of human emotion can be seen in this little film. OK, I don't quite understand the ending but that really doesn't detract from the whole. I laugh and cry no matter how many times I watch it. Scott is for the underdog and can see human nature as no one else can. Joanne Woodward falls head-over-heels for Justin and realizes the only way she can reach him is through assimilating his reality. It's a romantic comedy that should not be missed.


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