They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants (1971)

When they reach out for each other... they touch every heart... with warmth, charm and laughter!

  • Genre: Comedy, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1971-06-09
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 48 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 38min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Anthony Harvey
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From 48 Ratings



After the death of his wife, wealthy retiree Justin Playfair creates a fantasy world for himself in which he is the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, even dressing like the character. Out of concern for Justin's money more than his health, his brother Blevins puts him under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Mildred Watson. As Dr. Watson grows fond of Justin, she begins to play along with his theories, eventually becoming an assistant in his investigations.

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  • George C. Scott

    as Justin Playfair
  • Joanne Woodward

    as Dr. Mildred Watson
  • Jack Gilford

    as Wilbur Peabody
  • Lester Rawlins

    as Blevins Playfair
  • Al Lewis

    as Messenger
  • Rue McClanahan

    as Daisy Playfair
  • Theresa Merritt

    as Peggy
  • James Tolkan

    as Mr. Brown
  • Kitty Winn

    as Grace
  • F. Murray Abraham

    as Clyde (the usher)
  • Paul Benedict

    as Chestnut Man
  • M. Emmet Walsh

    as 1st Sanitation Man
  • Ron Weyand

    as Dr. Strauss
  • Oliver Clark

    as Mr. Small
  • Jenny Egan

    as Miss Finch
  • Jane Hoffman

    as 2nd Telephone Operator
  • Michael McGuire

    as Telephone Guard
  • Eugene Roche

    as Policeman
  • Ted Beniades

    as Taxi Driver
  • Staats Cotsworth

    as Winthrop
  • Sudie Bond

    as Maud
  • Ralph Clanton

    as Supermarket Manager
  • Louis Zorich

    as 2nd Sanitation Man
  • Worthington Miner

    as Mr. Bagg
  • Frances Fuller

    as Mrs. Bagg
  • John McCurry

    as Lieutenant
  • Candice Azzara

    as Teenage Girl (uncredited)
  • Tony Capodilupo

    as Chief (uncredited)
  • Matthew Cowles

    as Teenage Boy (uncredited)
  • Dorothy Greener

    as Telephone Operator (uncredited)
  • Jacques Sandulescu

    as Mr. Brown's Driver (uncredited)
Directing Anthony Harvey Director
Costume & Make-Up Fern Buchner Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Romaine Greene Hairstylist
Production Paul Newman Producer
Writing James Goldman Screenplay
Production Jennings Lang Producer
Costume & Make-Up Vincent Callaghan Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Ann Roth Costume Design
Art Herbert F. Mulligan Set Decoration
Production John Foreman Producer
Editing Gerald B. Greenberg Editor
Art John Robert Lloyd Production Design
Camera Victor J. Kemper Director of Photography
Writing Arthur Conan Doyle Characters
Production Frank Caffey Associate Producer
Directing Norman I. Cohen Assistant Director
Directing Louis A. Stroller Assistant Director
Sound Nathan Boxer Sound Mixer
Sound Al Nahmias Sound Editor
Sound Sanford Rackow Sound Editor
Sound Dick Vorisek Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Crew M. James Arnett Stunt Coordinator
Directing Barbara Rittenberg Script Supervisor
Sound John Barry Original Music Composer