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Beyond Therapy (1987)

R | | Comedy | April 1987 (USA)
This is an insane and fast-paced romantic comedy about a bizarre dinner date among Bruce (Goldblum) and Prudence (Hagerty), and their lunatic therapists, and Bruce's jealous, gun-wielding ... See full summary »

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Robert Altman

Writers:

Christopher Durang (screenplay), Robert Altman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Hagerty ... Prudence
Jeff Goldblum ... Bruce
Glenda Jackson ... Charlotte
Tom Conti ... Stuart
Christopher Guest ... Bob
Geneviève Page ... Zizi
Cris Campion ... Andrew
Sandrine Dumas ... Cindy
Bertrand Bonvoisin Bertrand Bonvoisin ... Le Gérant
Nicole Evans Nicole Evans ... The Cashier
Louis-Marie Taillefer Louis-Marie Taillefer ... Le Chef
Matthew Leonard-Lesniak Matthew Leonard-Lesniak ... Mr. Bean (as Matthew Lesniak)
Laure Killing Laure Killing ... Charlie
Gilbert Blin Gilbert Blin ... Waiter
Vincent Longuemare Vincent Longuemare ... Waiter
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Storyline

This is an insane and fast-paced romantic comedy about a bizarre dinner date among Bruce (Goldblum) and Prudence (Hagerty), and their lunatic therapists, and Bruce's jealous, gun-wielding homosexual lover Stuart, and Stuart's over-protective mother, and a whole group of very odd New York characters. Will Bruce and Prudence find love amidst all the craziness? Written by nt.1

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It doesn't matter whether you're the doctor, or the patient. In order to establish a successful psychiatric relationship, both sides have to be committed. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Therapie Zwecklos See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Gross USA:

$790,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of two psychiatric comedy flops of the late 1980s. The other was The Couch Trip (1988). See more »

Quotes

Stuart: I ejaculate quickly on porpoise!
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Connections

References Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) See more »

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Someone To Watch Over Me
Composed by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Lena Horne
(from "Lena: A New Album")
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Beyond Help
29 July 2004 | by richard-masonSee all my reviews

I agree with the other posters. I directed the Australian premiere of this play back in 1983, and just LOVED it and all of Christopher Durang's works (I also directed 'Dentity Crisis). So when I saw that one of my favourite directors of all time, Robert Altman, was making the film version, AND it had people like Glenda Jackson, Julie Hagerty, Tom Conti etc in it, I was agog with anticipation. It was probably my biggest disappointment in the cinema.

What is it about Altman that he seems to make a real turkey about once or twice a decade, in between all the wonderful films he makes?

What I can't understand is how Christopher Durang allowed his name to be credited as screenplay writer, when it's a travesty of his play. Especially what was done to the two psychiatrist characters..

And why set such a New York story in Paris/

And why ... and why .... oh forget it.


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