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Analyze This (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  5 March 1999 (USA)
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A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one-patient is an insecure mob boss.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
'50s Gangster (as Kresimir Novakovic)
Young Vitti Sr.
Joseph Rigano ...
Dominic Manetta (as Joe Rigano)
Richard C. Castellano ...
Jimmy Boots (as Richard Castellano)
Nicky Shivers
Frank Pietrangolare ...
Kyle Sabihy ...
Dr. Isaac Sobel


Ben Sobol, Psychiatrist, has a few problems: His son spies on his patients when they open up their heart, his parents don't want to attend his upcoming wedding and his patients' problems don't challenge him at all. Paul Vitti, Godfather, has a few problems as well: Sudden anxiety attacks in public, a certain disability to kill people and his best part ceasing service when needed. One day, Ben unfortunately crashes into one of Vitti's cars. The exchange of Ben's business card is followed by a business visit of Don Paul Vitti himself, who wants to be free of inner conflict within two weeks, before all the Mafia Dons meet. Now, Ben Sobol feels somewhat challenged, as his wedding is soon, his only patient keeps him busy by regarding Ben's duty as a 24 hour standby and the feds keep forcing him to spy on Paul Vitti. And how do you treat a patient who usually solves problems with a gun? Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


New York's most powerful gangster is about to get in touch with his feelings. YOU try telling him his 50 minutes are up.


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

AnalĂ­zame  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,383,507 (USA) (5 March 1999)


£4,052,424 (UK) (29 October 1999)

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Did You Know?


It was very important to Robert De Niro that the movie felt authentic. He and director Harold Ramis would drive around Little Italy in New York looking for real people to cast for the movie. See more »


Vitti's two children disappear immediately after he introduces them. See more »


Dr. Ben Sobel: You know what I do when I'm angry? I hit a pillow. Just hit the pillow, see how you feel.
[Vitti pulls out a gun and shoots a pillow]
Boss Paul Vitti: There's your fuckin' pillow.
Dr. Ben Sobel: Feel better?
Boss Paul Vitti: Yeah, I do.
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Not 'Hilarious,' But Still Funny
24 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wasn't "hilarious" as everyone told me it was, but it was still very enjoyable and pretty solid entertainment. Although a comedy, it has violence and a lot of profanity.

Robert De Niro, as usual, is excellent and once again surprises viewers with his comedic talent. He plays a mobster (familiar territory) but one who needs psychiatric help. He's hilarious when he's crying! His "shrink" is played by Billy Crystal, in an untypical low-key character role. My favorite in this film was Joe Viterelli, the fat guy-mobster who has a few very funny lines. Viterelli is one of these guys you see in a ton of gangster movies and is always interesting.

The female lead in here, Lisa Kudrow ("Laura") was not appealing to me, character-wise. Overall, a funny movie and much better than the sequel.

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