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High Anxiety (1977)

PG | | Comedy | 25 December 1977 (USA)
Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films.

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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>

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

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Alta Ansiedade  »

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$4,015,000 (estimated)

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$31,063,038
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Gene Wilder was originally considered for the part of Dr. Richard Thorndyke, but scheduling forced Wilder to turn the role down. See more »

Goofs

After the nurse falls out the tower and tries to fly away on her broom, when they cut back to everyone in the tower, a broom is seen leaning against the wall. However, there are actually 2 brooms: a broom (with a thick handle) is clearly seen against a wall in the tower. Nurse Diesel has a broom in her left hand (thinner handle) as she enters the tower room, and it clearly remains in her grasp as she falls from the tower. The second broom with the thicker handle remains untouched against the wall of the room. See more »

Quotes

[Credits and title music end as Thorndyke exits the airport]
Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke: What a dramatic airport.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Mel and His Movies (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Love Me Baby, Tell Me Loud
(1977) (uncredited)
Written by Mel Brooks
Courtesy of Fanfare Music Inc.
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A "High" old time....
29 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Mel as a psychiatrist? That's crazy!

But it's funny.

And so is "High Anxiety", a spoof of everything Hitchcock, with a few touches of Mel's own creativity dashed here and there.

As head psychiatrist for the Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous, Mel finds strange goings-on involving kidnapping, murder, double-crossing and Harvery Korman in leather.

Nearly every big Hitchcock scene is clobbered as the story progresses: the shower scene in "Psycho", the jungle gym scene in "The Birds", the shooting in "North by Northwest", the climax of "Vertigo".... The list goes on and on.

Mel does too, God bless him. Laugh after laugh after laugh is produced, and Mel and his writers seem to have an inexhaustable supply of sight gags, one-liners and word plays. And they all work.

Suffice it to say, this isn't as funny as "Blazing Saddles", but it's prime Mel and if you're like me, almost any Mel is good Mel.

Eight stars. And he has a lovely singing voice, too.


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