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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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Storyline

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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Comedy

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25 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alta Ansiedade  »

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Budget:

$4,015,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,063,038
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Trivia

Co-screenwriter and future director Barry Levinson plays the bellboy who "stabs" Dr. Richard Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) with a rolled up newspaper, as a spoof of the shower scene in Psycho (1960). Perhaps a newspaper was used because the black ink flows down the drain at the end of the sequence, resembling the "blood" -- actually chocolate syrup -- in Psycho. People who saw Psycho remember Marion Crane's (Janet Leigh) blood as being red, despite its being a black and white movie. This was a subconscious reaction, because newsreels were in black and white, and often showed bloody scenes. See trivia for Psycho. 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

Bellboy: HERE! HERE! HERE! HERE'S YOUR PAPER! HERE'S YOUR PAPER! HERE'S YOUR PAPER! HAPPY NOW? HAPPY? HAPPY NOW?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs North by Northwest (1959) 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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Brooks and Hitchcock Make for a Fruitless Marriage
23 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

An opaque send-up of Alfred Hitchcock's legendary suspense pictures, this probably sounded better on paper than it looks on the screen. It's to be expected for a Mel Brooks movie to be filled to the brim with cheap puns, obvious punchlines and loads of sight gags - that's part of his allure, actually - but this seems thin even by those standards. A basement-level plot might have something to do with that; beneath the dense surface of each of Brooks's best pictures lies a surprisingly rich, inherently funny basic storyline. That's missing in this dim, forced tale of good, evil and jealousy in the hallways a California psychiatric ward. If Blazing Saddles is a novella, High Anxiety is a two-page pamphlet. It's got some value, but not enough to justify a very long sitting.


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