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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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$4,015,000 (estimated)
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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 Thorndyke is leaving the Institute to go to the seminar, a crew member is visible in the limo door window reflection. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke: And remember, folks. Be good to your parents. They were good to you.
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Opening dedication: This film is dedicated to the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock See more »

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Referenced in The Producers (2005) See more »

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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
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Misfire!
5 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

"High Anxiety" is certainly not a dislikable film; it's too good-natured for that. But, unfortunately, there is much more good-naturedness that inspiration here. The pacing is slack and lazy; an early Woody Allen comedy, like "Play It Again, Sam" or "Bananas", is about ten times faster - and funnier. Let's face it: lines like "I got it! I got it! I haven't got it!" aren't particularly funny the first time you hear them, and get rather irritating the fourth or fifth time. The film does have its bright moments (the sequence that parodies Hitchcock's "The Birds" is probably the funniest) and a pleasant comic tone, but, generally, it's a misfire.


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