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They Might Be Giants DVD


Justin Playfair (George C. Scott) is a retired New York judge who retreats into fantasy following the death of his wife. Believing himself to be Sherlock Holmes, equipped with deerstalker hat, pipe and cape, he whiles away his days in a homemade criminal lab where he plots to foil the dastardly schemes of elusive arch-enemy Moriarty. When his brother Blevins (Lester Rawlins) tries to have him committed to a mental institution, Playfair is assessed by psychiatrist Mildred Watson (Joanne Woodward), who becomes absorbed by his delusions. In no time at all, Dr. Watson becomes the bogus fictional detective's constant companion. What follows is a playful exploration of individuality and insanity in an alienating world, in which phantom obsessions and shared mysteries can lead to true fellowship and romance. Adapted by James Goldman (The Lion in Winter) from his own stage play, They Might be Giants is a captivating Quixote for modern times.

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George C. Scott and Lester Rawlins star in this classic comedy from director Anthony Harvey. Retired New York judge Justin Playfair (Scott) struggles with his new reality after the death of his wife. When he retreats into a world of fantasy and make-believe, telling people he is the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, his brother (Rawlins) grows concerned and tries to have him committed. When psychiatrist Mildred Watson (Joanne Woodward) assesses him, however, she too becomes obsessed with Playfair's stories and soon finds herself embodying her patient's fictional companion, Watson.

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