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They Might Be Giants ()


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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.

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Justin
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Watson
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Peabody
Lester Rawlins ...
Blevins
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Messenger
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Daisy
Ron Weyand ...
Dr. Strauss
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Mr. Small
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Peggy
Jenny Egan ...
Miss Finch
Jane Hoffman ...
2nd Telephone Operator
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Telephone Guard
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Policeman
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Mr. Brown
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Grace
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Maud
Staats Cotsworth ...
Winthrop
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Clyde
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Chestnut Man
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1st Sanitation Man
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2nd Sanitation Man
Ted Beniades ...
Taxi Driver
Worthington Miner ...
Mr. Bagg
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Mrs. Bagg
Ralph Clanton ...
Supermarket Manager
John McCurry ...
Lieutenant
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Teenage Girl (uncredited)
Tony Capodilupo ...
Chief (uncredited)
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Teenage Boy (uncredited)
Dorothy Greener ...
Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jacques Sandulescu ...
Mr. Brown's Driver (uncredited)

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Anthony Harvey

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James Goldman ... (screenplay)
 
James Goldman ... (play)

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Frank Caffey ... associate producer
John Foreman ... producer
Jennings Lang ... producer (uncredited)
Paul Newman ... producer (uncredited)

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John Barry

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Victor J. Kemper ... director of photography

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Gerald B. Greenberg ... (as Jerry Greenberg)

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John Robert Lloyd

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Herbert F. Mulligan ... (as Herbert Mulligan)

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Ann Roth
Fern Buchner ... (uncredited)

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Vincent Callaghan ... makeup artist (as Vince Callaghan)
Romaine Greene ... hair stylist

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Morton Gorowitz ... unit production manager
Jack Grossberg ... production supervisor

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Norman I. Cohen ... assistant director
Louis A. Stroller ... assistant director

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Gene Rudolf ... scenic chargeman (as Eugene Rudolf)

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Nathan Boxer ... sound mixer
Al Nahmias ... sound editor (as Albert Nahmias)
Sanford Rackow ... sound editor
Dick Vorisek ... rerecording (as Richard Vorisek)

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M. James Arnett ... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)

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Joseph G. Aulisi ... associate costume designer
Marilyn Putnam ... wardrobe

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John Barry ... music supervisor
Ken Thorne ... conductor / music arranger / orchestrator

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Barbara Rittenberg ... script supervisor

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Jennings Lang ... presenter
Shari Leibowitz ... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines When they reach out for each other... they touch every heart... with warmth, charm and laughter! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le rivage oubli√© (France)
  • El detectiu i la doctora (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El detective y la doctora (Spain)
  • El caso de Justin Playfair (Uruguay)
  • Encontro Marcado (Portugal)
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  • 91 min
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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 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 »
Movie Connections Followed by The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (1976). See more »
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 »
Quotes Dr. Mildred Watson: You're just like Don Quixote. You think that everything is always something else.
Justin Playfair: Well, he had a point. 'Course he carried it a bit too far. He thought that every windmill was a giant. That's insane. But, thinking that they might be, well... All the best minds used to think the world was flat. But what if it isn't? It might be round. And bread mold might be medicine. If we never looked at things and thought of what might be, why we'd all still be out there in the tall grass with the apes.
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