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High Anxiety (1977)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Richard H. Thorndyke
... Victoria Brisbane
... Nurse Diesel
... Dr. Charles Montague
... Brophy
... Professor Lilloman
... Dr. Wentworth
... The Desk Clerk
... Cocker Spaniel
Ron Clark ... Zachary Cartwright
... Killer (as Rudy DeLuca)
... Bellboy
... Norton
Richard Stahl ... Dr. Baxter
Darrell Zwerling ... Dr. Eckhardt
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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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25 December 1977 (USA)  »

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Alta Ansiedade  »

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$4,015,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,063,038
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This tribute to Alfred Hitchcock contains references to more than 10 of his films: see the links to other titles. Mel Brooks held a private preview of the movie for Hitchcock to see his reaction. When Hitchcock walked out at movie's end without saying a word, Brooks feared that Hitchcock hated the movie. But days later, Hitchcock sent a congratulatory case of wine to Brooks, knowing that Brooks was a wine connoisseur, and declared the film "Splendid! I wish I had done it." See more »

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When Dr. Thorndyke is undressing for his shower, you can see his boxer shorts when he removes his robe. See more »

Quotes

Victoria Brisbane: Gosh, you're fickle!
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Opening dedication: This film is dedicated to the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock See more »

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Spoofs Rebecca (1940) 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
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another Mel Brooks zany
30 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Mel Brooks arrives at the "Institute" to find suspicious goings on, and tries to find out what's going on and who is behind it. Cloris Leachman and Harvy Korman are fellow doctors at the asylum, and watch over the institute when Mel must attend a conference. Watch for Barry Levinson (writer, director, producer) as he plays the bellboy. Ron Carey from Barny Miller plays the chauffeur who tries to help Mel when he runs into trouble with the always funny Madeline Kahn. The references to all of Hitchcocks films are many and great, and Mel even sings a song in the movie. His speech given for fellow doctors at the conference goes on a little long, but can be forgiven as it is offset by the quick action for most of the movie. Cloris Leachman is hilarious as Nurse Diesel, and her manner is a funny as her costume. Half the jokes in this movie are things as simple as camera angles, facial expressions, and what people are wearing.


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