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Former judge Justin Playfair (George C. Scott) lost his wife a few years back, and ever since he's thought he's Sherlock Holmes, determined to find his archnemesis Professor Moriarty, in this thoroughly charming tale of madness and romanticism. Playfair (er, Sherlock) is about to be committed by his brother, who wants his money, when by serendipity he's teamed up with psychiatrist Dr. Mildred Watson, no less (Joanne Woodward). She finds him fascinating, being a bit daffy herself, and together they get involved in various intrigues, mostly aimed at evading the medical authorities, but which allow the two to fall in love. Though the farcical tone of the film keeps it a lighthearted comedy, the heavy-handed slaps at authority, who are set up for such abuse, seem programmed to succeed. To what degree is lunacy, charming though it may be at times, an appropriate reaction to complex times? "To the utmost degree!" says this film, though the viewer may enjoy it and still disagree. During a comic battle in a supermarket (reminiscent of a silent comedy pie fight), one patient chases her keeper with an oversized hypodermic to the rallying cry of "I hope the loonies win!" That expresses the sympathies of the film nicely. --Jim Gay
Not as impressive as the first time I saw it. Like most movies, I suppose. Still, you can't beat George C. Scott's most believable performance as a logical kook!Published 15 days ago by Daniel J Skrobowski
A very entertaining picture, a strong story, great acting, and questions worth exploring--"Who's really 'crazy?'" and "Where should we be looking for happiness?"Published 1 month ago by James F. McBride
Lovely film, finally available. Nice performances by Scott and Woodward. May be too "whimsical" for some tastes, but well worth discovering.Published 1 month ago by Dan Hoskins
The Anchor Bay edition released in 2000 has the full 98 minute version.
I can't imagine why the 8 minute supermarket scene was cut, just before
the final scene.
A truly oddball movie. Those without a sensibility that celebrates eccentricity will simply be flummoxed by it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steffan B. Aletti
The pivotal climatic scene was completely cut out. Don't bother wasting your money.Published 4 months ago by Denae
This movie when we originally saw it was absolutely the greatest. George C. Scott had the perfect Holmes look and Joanne Woodward played the perfect foil. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B Newington
I have been looking for this video, for the longest time. I remember watching on tv, I think on TCM (Turner Classics Movie). That was quite sometime ago. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michelle D.