They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants

Anthony Harvey (1971)

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This undershown curio features George C Scott as a New Yorker who thinks he's Sherlock Holmes. Donning the deerstalker, puffing on the pipe and adopting a quizzical look, Scott encounters a psychiatrist, Dr Watson, who declares him to be suffering from classic paranoia. And since this Dr Watson is played by Joanne Woodward, the tale also gains a weird romantic angle. Written by James Goldman and directed by Anthony Harvey - the editor of Stanley Kubrick's Lolita and Dr Strangelove - this isn't for everyone. Some may find it silly and sentimental: others a captivating romantic fantasy. Studio cuts certainly don't help matters, but it remains a rarity of some distinction.


A widower starts to believe he is Sherlock Holmes, prompting his family to have him committed. A psychiatrist coincidentally named Watson is assigned to treat him, but becomes fascinated by his delusions and begins helping him crack the case he believes he is on. Romantic comedy mystery based on James Goldman's stage play, with George C Scott and Joanne Woodward.

Cast & Crew

Justin Playfair George C Scott
Dr Mildred Watson Joanne Woodward
Peabody Jack Gilford
Blevins Playfair Lester Rawlins
Daisy Rue McClanahan
Dr Strauss Ron Weyland
Mr Small Oliver Clark
Peggy Theresa Merritt
Miss Finch Jenny Egan
Messenger Al Lewis
Director Anthony Harvey
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD
Drama Comedy