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.

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  • George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward in They Might Be Giants (1971)
  • George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward in They Might Be Giants (1971)
  • George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward in They Might Be Giants (1971)
  • George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward in They Might Be Giants (1971)
  • George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward in They Might Be Giants (1971)
  • George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward in They Might Be Giants (1971)

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8 July 2000 | coop-16
| Magical mystery film.
Sadly, i saw this film only once, back in the early eighties;it remains unforgettable.An earlier reviewer said that it echoes Don Quixote as well as Holmes;they were right. Scott was one of the greatest actors, and this is one of his finest films. It is rich in humor and fantasy, and it boasts a very good performance by Ms. Woodward to compliment the one by Scott.

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Did You Know?


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.


Maud: God bless ya, Barbara Stanwyck!


Obvious stuntman for George C. Scott during scuffle with vendor.

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "Jehovah has the Devil, Achilles has his Heel, Mohammed has his Mountain, Don Quixote has his Windmills; and SHERLOCK HOLMES, God bless him, has his MORIARTY"

  • from Watson's Journal

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.


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Comedy | Mystery | Romance

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