MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,848 this week

High Anxiety (1977)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 12,051 users  
Reviews: 99 user | 50 critic

Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 18 Jun 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 09 Feb 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 23 Feb 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 14 May 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 13 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "High Anxiety" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: High Anxiety (1977)

High Anxiety (1977) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of High Anxiety.

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: GP Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Ron Moody, Frank Langella
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Mel Brooks' parody of the classic vampire story and its famous film adaptations.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Mel Brooks, Peter MacNicol
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion. His wife has the habit of entertaining young Polish officers while ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Johnson
Stars: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Ronny Graham
The Producers (1967)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens
Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Planet Spaceball's President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal Planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A spoof of Robin Hood in general, and 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' in particular.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees
The 2000 Year Old Man (TV Movie 1975)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

2000 Year Old Man is an old Brooks-Reiner comedy routine turned into a half-hour animated TV special. Reiner, a TV reporter, interviews Brooks, a man claiming to be 2000 years old. The ... See full summary »

Director: Leo Salkin
Stars: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner
Silent Movie (1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise
Comedy | Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The younger brother of the consulting detective tries to steal Sherlock's glory by solving an important case assisted by an eccentric Scotland Yard detective and a lovely but suspicious actress.

Director: Gene Wilder
Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
The Desk Clerk
...
Cocker Spaniel
Ron Clark ...
Zachary Cartwright
Rudy De Luca ...
Killer (as Rudy DeLuca)
...
Bellboy
...
Norton
Richard Stahl ...
Dr. Baxter
Darrell Zwerling ...
Dr. Eckhardt
Edit

Storyline

Dr. Richard Thorndyke arrives as new administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous to discover some suspicious goings-on. When he's framed for murder, Dr. Thorndyke must confront his own psychiatric condition, "high anxiety," in order to clear his name. An homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock; contains many parodies of famous Hitchcock scenes from THE BIRDS, PSYCHO, and VERTIGO. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Danger, Intrigue, Romance... and a Touch of Kinkiness! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 September 1978 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Alta Ansiedade  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 5,632,505 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of Mel Brooks' favorite routines was doing musical impressions of Frank Sinatra, and in this film he performs the song "High Anxiety" in an exaggerated version of Sinatra's singing style. Brooks wrote the song and lyrics. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Thorndyke goes to his hotel in San Francisco for the convention, he is put on the 17th floor, where the mad bellhop says "you can't get any higher, top floor, we're pretty high," yet it is clearly evident that the hotel has more than 17 floors, both from the lobby looking up and from Dr. Thorndyke's balcony. In actuality, the Hyatt Regency has twenty floors. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke: [sets off alarm while going through airport security in disguise carrying a gun] What is this, a game show? What did I win, a Pinto?
Airport Attendant: I'm sorry sir, we're going to have to search you.
Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke: Please sir, what did I do? What did I do? What's my crime?
Airport Attendant: You beeped.
Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke: I beeped! I beeped! Take me away! Take me back to Russia! Put me in irons! I beeped! The mad beeper is loose! Take away the beeper! Take me away!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening dedication: This film is dedicated to the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Golden Girls: High Anxiety (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

High Anxiety
(1977)
(title song)
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original music and lyrics copyright © 1977 Fox Fanfare Music, Inc.
Sung by Mel Brooks
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Dizzy parody is Brooks at his height.
2 May 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Though often overlooked in favor of Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein, I believe this to be the pick of Brooks' parodies. Whether you share this opinion would depend on your familiarity with all things Hitchcockian.

It is not only Vertigo, as the title suggests, that gets the Brooks treatment here, but The Birds, Spellbound and Psycho are all parodied to various degrees of subtlety. Many of these films key scenes are simply re-enacted with comic touches, whilst the Hitchcock formalae is very much in evidence. The style is particularly amusing in its parody. Highlights include a probing camera becoming all too literally intrusive when it crashes through a pane of glass in the window, and a dramatic sound composition turning out to be merely the didactic passing bus load of a touring philamonic orchestra.

Resisting the out and out farce of his earlier effort, Blazing Saddles, and managing not to evolve into simply being a one joke movie such as the tendency of his recent efforts, High Anxiety is Brooks at his most clever. The cast, mainly consisting of Brooks regulars, all display splendidly entertaining and aptly silly impersonations of recognisible Hitchcock stereotypes. It is Brooks' finest hour however, with not only directing, writing, and acting to his credit but singing as well!!!


21 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Carol Burnett ophelia_hardin
Favorite Lines moviegirl16
ROGER EBERT BROUGHT UP EXCELLCENT POINT vudaja
Nurse Diesel Rules BrooklynBum
DVD? dvdfreak
hitchcock references planetmars2009
Discuss High Anxiety (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?