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A 1971 film starring Creator/GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character, a judge named Justin Playfair, believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson, an analyst, finds herself caught up in the scheme of Justin's brother to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses wants to silence Justin. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.

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A 1971 film starring Creator/GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward.Creator/JoanneWoodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character, a judge named Justin Playfair, believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson, an analyst, finds herself caught up in the scheme of Justin's brother to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses wants to silence Justin. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.


A 1971 film starring Creator/GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character, a judge named Justin Playfair, believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is an analyst caught up Justin's brother's scheme to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses wants to silence Justin. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.

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A 1971 film starring Creator/GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character, a judge named Justin Playfair, believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is Watson, an analyst analyst, finds herself caught up in the scheme of Justin's brother's scheme brother to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses wants to silence Justin. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.



* BadassGrandpa: Wilbur the old ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' aficionado manages to trip over a cop with a toy sword.


A 1971 film starring Creator/GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character, Justin Playfair, believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is an analyst caught up in the man's brother's scheme to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time the brother is being pursued by a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.

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A 1971 film starring Creator/GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character, a judge named Justin Playfair, believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is an analyst caught up in the man's Justin's brother's scheme to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time the brother is being pursued by a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses.sunglasses wants to silence Justin. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.



* BadassGrandpa: Wilbur the old ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' aficionado manages to trip over a cop with a toy sword.



** For all his apparent insanity about Holmes and Moriarty, the presence of the mysterious blackmailer shows that there is a genuine conspiracy against Justin after all. Some dialogue marking Justin as a former lawyer or judge who "knows everything" about the mysterious man implies the latter is a criminal whom Playfair discovered before losing his mind.
** Unless they are hallucinating, [[spoiler:which is also possible, Playfair's predictions about Moriarty might hold some true given the tunnel and the sound of hooves.]]

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** For all his apparent insanity about Holmes and Moriarty, the presence of the mysterious blackmailer shows that there is a genuine conspiracy against Justin after all. Some dialogue marking Justin as a former lawyer or judge who "knows everything" about the mysterious man implies the latter is a criminal whom Playfair discovered before losing his mind.
** Unless they are hallucinating, [[spoiler:which hallucinating or it is also again some bizarre sort of coincidence, [[spoiler:either of which possible, Playfair's predictions about Moriarty might hold some true given the tunnel and the sound of hooves.]]



* LeftHanging: Bordering NoEnding. [[spoiler:Neither the possible truth behind Moriarty nor the actual conspiration of the mysterious man are uncovered at the end.]]



* NoEnding: [[spoiler:Neither the possible truth behind Moriarty nor the actual conspiration of the mysterious man are uncovered at the end.]]


A 1971 film starring Creator/GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is an analyst caught up in the man's brother's scheme to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time the brother is being pursued by a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.

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A 1971 film starring Creator/GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character character, Justin Playfair, believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is an analyst caught up in the man's brother's scheme to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time the brother is being pursued by a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.



* AmbiguousEnding: [[spoiler:Justin and Mildred stand in front of a tunnel where he claims Moriarty will appear "riding a horse, like a king." They stand over there until some lights on their backs suggest the police have caught with them, but they don't care because there ''is'' a noise of horse hooves coming at them from the tunnel...]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The police apparently catches Justin and Mildred, the blackmailer and Blevins are probably still active, and who knows what will come off the tunnel. However, the city crazies had the time of their lives, Daisy left Blevins and their loveless marriage, Justin and Mildred are together, and he is still the owner of his money, at least for now.]]



* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: For all his apparent insanity, the presence of the mysterious blackmailer suggests that Justin may have stumbled onto a genuine conspiracy of some sort after all.

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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: TheCuckoolanderWasRight:
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For all his apparent insanity, insanity about Holmes and Moriarty, the presence of the mysterious blackmailer suggests shows that Justin may have stumbled onto there is a genuine conspiracy of some sort against Justin after all. Some dialogue marking Justin as a former lawyer or judge who "knows everything" about the mysterious man implies the latter is a criminal whom Playfair discovered before losing his mind.
** Unless they are hallucinating, [[spoiler:which is also possible, Playfair's predictions about Moriarty might hold some true given the tunnel and the sound of hooves.]]



%%* [[spoiler:NoEnding]]

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%%* [[spoiler:NoEnding]]* NoEnding: [[spoiler:Neither the possible truth behind Moriarty nor the actual conspiration of the mysterious man are uncovered at the end.]]



* RagtagBunchofMisfits: The epic march near the end gathers together all of the city crazies as well as most of the people they've helped throughout the film, all marching in tandem alongside Justin/Holmes and Watson. PlayedForLaughs when he asks them, "Anyone who knows why we are here raise your hand." No one does.
* TitleDrop: Justin's speech in the taxi about why the Literature/DonQuixote spirit helped carry forward history and progress, by looking at things and thinking of what they might be--for example windmills because...''They might be giants''.
* TheMoriartyEffect: As a Sherlock film, this is predictable enough

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* RagtagBunchofMisfits: RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The epic march near the end gathers together all of the city crazies as well as most of the people they've helped throughout the film, all marching in tandem alongside Justin/Holmes and Watson. PlayedForLaughs when he asks them, "Anyone who knows why we are here raise your hand." No one does.
* TitleDrop: Justin's speech in the taxi about why the Literature/DonQuixote spirit helped carry forward history and progress, by looking at things and thinking of what they might be--for example windmills because... ''They might be giants''.
* TheMoriartyEffect: As a Sherlock film, this is predictable enough
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* BackForTheFinale:


A 1971 film starring GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is an analyst caught up in the man's brother's scheme to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time the brother is being pursued by a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.

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A 1971 film starring GeorgeCScott Creator/GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is an analyst caught up in the man's brother's scheme to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time the brother is being pursued by a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses. The film spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality.


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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The story plays with the idea of how groups of individuals who have chosen to embrace a delusional reality can create their own consensus reality which just might, depending on how you interpret the ending, become real.

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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The story plays with the idea of how groups of individuals who have chosen to embrace a delusional reality can create their own consensus reality which just might, depending on how you interpret the ending, become real. real.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: For all his apparent insanity, the presence of the mysterious blackmailer suggests that Justin may have stumbled onto a genuine conspiracy of some sort after all.


* MeaningfulName: Dr. Watson. Might also be a bit of 'nominative determinism' in that he seems to trat her as TheWatson because she ''is'' "Dr. Watson".

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* MeaningfulName: Dr. Watson. Might also be a bit of 'nominative determinism' in that he seems to trat treat her as TheWatson because she ''is'' "Dr. Watson".


* HeyItsThatGuy: Aside from the obvious Mr. Scrooge playing Justin, Grandpa from TheMunsters makes an appearance in the film.


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* MeaningfulName: Dr. Watson. Might also be a bit of 'nominative determinism' in that he seems to trat her as TheWatson because she ''is'' "Dr. Watson".


* TheMoriartyEffect: As a Sherlock film, this is predictable enough

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* TheMoriartyEffect: As a Sherlock film, this is predictable enoughenough
* WindmillCrusader: Justin, hence the title.


A 1971 film starring GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is an analyst caught up in the man's brother's scheme to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time the brother is being pursued by a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses. The film presents many fun elements, from spoofing/recreating classic SherlockHolmes tropes, to pondering the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality. Scott and Woodward give magnificent performances, though the script tends to drift into stagey pretentiousness near the end.

Oh, and yes, [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants the band]] named themselves after this story.

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A 1971 film starring GeorgeCScott and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from a stageplay. The main character believes he is Franchise/SherlockHolmes after the death of his wife leaves him with severe paranoia. Dr. Mildred Watson is an analyst caught up in the man's brother's scheme to control his money through having him committed, while at the same time the brother is being pursued by a shadowy blackmailer in sunglasses. The film presents many fun elements, from spoofing/recreating spoofs classic SherlockHolmes tropes, to pondering tropes and ponders the popular themes of insanity vs society's consensus reality. Scott and Woodward give magnificent performances, though the script tends to drift into stagey pretentiousness near the end.

Oh, and yes,
reality.

Yes,
[[Music/TheyMightBeGiants the band]] named themselves after this story.



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Initially, however, they are very antagonistic towards each other, he annoyed and fed up with her attempts to 'cure' him and her exasperated by his maniacal antics.
* BackForTheFinale: Just about everyone.

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Initially, however, Initially they are very antagonistic towards each other, he annoyed and fed up with her attempts to 'cure' him and her exasperated by his maniacal antics.
* BackForTheFinale: Just about everyone.



* CompletelyMissingThePoint: While it's actually a rather sad note of the film because his insanity has just driven what could have been his only chance at finding love away, Justin/Holmes angrily shouts into the dark as if he has nothing left to lose,
-->"Moriarty, strike me now!" \\
But when met with nothing but silence he grins and says with self-satisfaction, "You see? He's afraid of me! He knows what I can do."
* CrazyAwesome: Justin/Holmes has moments like this--such as using his Sherlock costume cane to deftly beat some asylum goons or using a bizarre form of schizophrenic HyperAwareness to become the target of an actual plot going on in the background, utilizing clues that make little actual sense and are probably not even related.
* DetectiveDrama: Something of a subversion, since the main character thinks he's Holmes, but all the deductions he makes are patently ridiculous (even if the story allows them to be true), the clues he constantly searches for are more like the manias of a schizophrenic, finding meaning and messages in completely unconnected and unintentional words, and he commits the cardinal sin of theorizing without data (he posits the existence of Moriarty without any evidence). However, the presence of the plotting brother and the shadowy blackmailer turns this into an interesting, if off-kilter, example.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Most of the people close to him call him Justin Playfair and he himself admits that "scarcely anyone" calls him Holmes, but yet most of the city crazies seem to know him as Sherlock Holmes.
* FunnySchizophrenia: Well if you don't believe that Justin is actually right, his crazy antics come off this way, such as suspiciously observing pigeons with a magnifying glass.

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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: While it's actually a rather sad note of the film because his insanity has just driven what could have been his only chance at finding love away, Justin/Holmes angrily shouts into the dark as if he has nothing left to lose,
-->"Moriarty, strike me now!" \\
But when met with nothing but silence he grins and says with self-satisfaction, "You see? He's afraid of me! He knows what I can do."
* CrazyAwesome: Justin/Holmes has moments like this--such as using his Sherlock costume cane to deftly beat some asylum goons or using a bizarre form of schizophrenic HyperAwareness to become the target of an actual plot going on in the background, utilizing clues that make little actual sense and are probably not even related.
* DetectiveDrama: Something of a subversion, since the Played with. The main character thinks he's Holmes, but all the deductions he makes are patently ridiculous (even if the story allows them to be true), the clues he constantly searches for are more like the manias of a schizophrenic, schizophrenic finding meaning and messages in completely unconnected and unintentional words, and he commits the cardinal sin of theorizing without data (he posits the existence of Moriarty without any evidence). However, the presence of the plotting brother and the shadowy blackmailer turns this into an interesting, if off-kilter, example.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Most of the people close to him call him Justin Playfair and he himself admits that "scarcely anyone" calls him Holmes, but yet most of the city crazies seem to know him as Sherlock Holmes.
* FunnySchizophrenia: Well if If you don't believe that Justin is actually right, his crazy antics come off this way, such as suspiciously observing pigeons with a magnifying glass.



* IntimatePsychotherapy: The Doctor assigned to "cure" him of his alleged monomania later falls in love with him and embraces his delusions, taking on the persona of Watson.
* MindScrew: The ending is quite a headscratcher, as you are left wondering, 'what just happened?' Did the pair actually see Moriarty? Did they get run over by a car, smiling wide-eyed all the while? Or was that the spotlight of the police?

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* IntimatePsychotherapy: The Doctor assigned to "cure" him of his alleged monomania later falls in love with him and embraces his delusions, delusions by taking on the persona of Watson.
* MindScrew: The ending is quite a headscratcher, as you are left leaves one wondering, 'what just happened?' Did the pair actually see Moriarty? Did they get run over by a car, smiling wide-eyed all the while? Or was that the spotlight of the police?



* [[spoiler:NoEnding]]

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* %%* [[spoiler:NoEnding]]



* XanatosRoulette: Moriarty must be the master of this if Justin is correct about how extensive Moriarty's shadow empire is.


* CompletelyMissingThePoint: While it's actually a rather sad note of the film because his insanity as just driven what could have been his only chance at finding love away, Justin/Holmes angrily shouts into the dark as if he has nothing left to lose,

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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: While it's actually a rather sad note of the film because his insanity as has just driven what could have been his only chance at finding love away, Justin/Holmes angrily shouts into the dark as if he has nothing left to lose,

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* [[spoiler:NoEnding]]


* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Initially, however, they are very antagonistic towards each other, he annoyed and fed up with her attempts to 'cure' him and her exasperated by his maniacal antics.

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Initially, however, they are very antagonistic towards each other, he annoyed and fed up with her attempts to 'cure' him and her exasperated by his maniacal antics.antics.
* BackForTheFinale: Just about everyone.

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