They Might Be Giants

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

A delightfully quirky movie about a New York lawyer (Scott) who imagines he is Sherlock Holmes, adopting the deerstalking garb and savouring four-pipe problems. The pressures of modern life and the death of his wife have, of course, turned him into a textbook case of paranoid delusion. His somewhat sinister brother sends him to a shrink, Dr Mildred Watson (Woodward), whose Freudian analysis of him is rather overshadowed by his Holmesian analysis of her. Watson's other case is a man who refuses to speak - he thinks he's silent screen star Valentino. Meanwhile, Scott refuses to get better; indeed, he lures everyone into his fantasy, gathering a bunch of Bleeker Street Irregulars who go into snowbound Central Park for a final showdown with the Napoleon of crime, Moriarty. Produced by Paul Newman, it was a box-office disaster (shorn of ten minutes on its original release) that now seems years ahead of its time.

Details

Release details

Duration:
98 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Anthony Harvey
Screenwriter:
James Goldman
Cast:
Joanne Woodward
George C Scott
Jack Gilford
Lester Rawlins
Rue McClanahan
Ron Weyand
Kitty Winn
Sudie Bond
M Emmet Walsh
F Murray Abraham