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Lovesick (1983)

A psychiatrist who falls in love with a patient is visited by the spirit of Sigmund Freud, who gives him advice on how to handle it.



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Credited cast:
... Saul Benjamin
... Chloe Allen
... Sigmund Freud
... Nymphomanic
... Frantic Patient
... Mrs. Mondragon
... Gay Patient
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzanne Barrie ... Jaffe's Wife
Anna Berger ... Analysis
Otto Bettmann ... Dr. Waxman
... Intern Murphy
Amalie Collier ... Maid
... Case Interviewer
... Stage Hand
Selma Diamond ... Harriet Singer, M.D.


A psychiatrist who falls in love with a patient is visited by the spirit of Sigmund Freud, who gives him advice on how to handle it.

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A comedy for the incurably romantic. See more »


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Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem bolondja  »

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Box Office


$10,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,093,281, 21 February 1983, Wide Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's plot device of pairing Dudley Moore with an older mentor-advisor friend in the guise of Alec Guinness as Sigmund Freud somewhat mirrored Moore's then recent movie Arthur (1981) where Moore as Arthur had an older mentor-advisor friend in the guise of butler Sir John Gielgud. See more »


Chloe Allen: Here I was, in the middle of an obscene phone call, and I thought of you.
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Referenced in The South Bank Show: Sir Alec Guinness (1985) See more »

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Putting Freud & censorship into perspective & questioning the value of stiff-as-rails licensing boards that stifle innovation & creativity
16 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

Lovesick 1983. Dudley Moore, Eliz. McGovern. Movie makes mincemeat of Freud & his limited & negative theory of human motivation & potential. "Go Saul", I hear myself thinking throughout the film, feeling here is a therapist who dares stand up to the stiff board of censors who don't deserve to have access to mentally unstable people, for they appear more rigid & dogmatic than the deacons at a Southern Baptist convention. And they have the nerve to be talking about & threatening sanctions pertaining to professional ethics. Would you want to be governed by such repressed stiffs who purport to be a board of censors who can pull someone's license to practice a profession, yet see their distant grandfather Freud as still relevant, while most progressive thinkers in psychotherapy have all but laughed Freud off the shelf as ludicrous? The genius of the writer who says it through Cloe's words put Freud's ideas into perspective when she laughs him & Saul off the stage with her witty explanation of Freud's penis envy theory.

A gem of a movie that should be part of every psychotherapist training program & anyone dealing with profession ethics. Indeed, the whole idea of licensure boards being composed solely of those within a given profession just reveals the fear of innovation & insecurity of those within those professions. It is abhorrent to the whole concept of the evolution of human thinking & knowledge to censure someone who challenges the wisdom of old, unproven, & in many cases disproven, methods of therapy, education, medicine, "justice", & many other so-called professions. Just look at the travesty of the medical profession that, hand-in-hand with the drug pushing pharmaceutical industry, prescribes aspirin for headaches rather than treating the ailment (tumor?) hiding within, or the repressive incarceration of youth, which some still dare call education, that is flooding the earth with non-thinking violent robots seeking revenge & targets for the decade plus of physical, & even more disturbingly, emotional abuse perpetrated by their unfeeling bullying teachers & peers.

See the movie & think about the rights of innovative creative thinkers & why so few are free to think for themselves.

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