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The President's Analyst (1967)

When the overworked and stressed-out White House presidential shrink runs away, the CEA and the FBR scramble to retrieve him before he could be abducted by various competing foreign intelligence services.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Dr. Sidney Schaefer
Godfrey Cambridge ... Don Masters
Severn Darden ... Kropotkin
Joan Delaney Joan Delaney ... Nan Butler
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Arlington Hewes (as Pat Harrington)
Barry McGuire Barry McGuire ... Old Wrangler
Jill Banner ... Snow White
Eduard Franz ... Ethan Allan Cocket
Walter Burke ... Henry Lux
Will Geer ... Dr. Lee-Evan
William Daniels ... Wynn Quantrill
Joan Darling ... Jeff Quantrill
Sheldon Collins ... Bing Quantrill
Arte Johnson ... Sullivan
Martin Horsey Martin Horsey ... 1st Puddlian
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Storyline

At first, Dr. Sidney Schaefer feels honored and thrilled to be offered the job of the President's Analyst. But then the stress of the job and the paranoid spies that come with a sensitive government position get to him, and he runs away. Now spies from all over the world are after him, either to get him for their own side or to kill him and prevent someone else from getting him. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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The picture dedicated to life, liberty and the pursuit of happenings. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

T.P.A. See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Panpiper Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene being shot on the lower west side of New York City, James Coburn was being chased by two uniformed NYPD officers, who were just actors playing New York cops. Shouting "Stop, stop", they chased Coburn around a corner and he ran into a real NYPD officer, who dropped him with one blow from his nightstick. Coburn had to seek medical treatment, which postponed the filming for a time. See more »

Goofs

After Nan is moved to a hotel, a camera shadow is visible on the CEA director and Sidney as the director pulls Sidney to the right. See more »

Quotes

Henry Lux, FBR Chief: Poppycock!
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Crazy Credits

In opening credits: "and introducing Joan Delaney as Nan" See more »

Alternate Versions

Due to a copyright dispute, all recent video and laserdisc releases omit a sequence featuring songs by Barry McGuire on the soundtrack. See more »

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Soundtracks

She's Ready to Be Free
Composed and Sung by The Clear Light
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Over-looked gem
25 October 2000 | by WoodbySee all my reviews

Too many films want it both ways, but this is that rare example of a film that actually gets it. It genuinely is of its age - all swinging Sixties and cultural revolution - but it also sends all that up.

Read the plot elsewhere but suffice to say that those numb-nuts who believe it to be shambolic clearly don't know a carefully structured film when they see one. It's a comedy thriller that zips along whilst never missing an opportunity to provide some of the best satire you'll ever see on Flower Power, Psychiatry, American Liberalism and the Cold War.

Furthermore, for me, it's James Coburn's best performance because we get to see his comedic skills whilst at the same time get a generous slice of just what makes him the coolest cat ever to grace the silver screen.

I'm gobsmacked that this - one of my Top 25 films - is not considered a classic. For me it's up there with Dr Strangelove because it's got everything: great direction, a great great story, great dialogue, great sound-track, and did I mention the acting...?


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