Analyze This

Analyze This

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Director: Harold Ramis, Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow

Cast: Harold Ramis, Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow

     
 

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In the same year that a hit cable television series, The Sopranos, successfully mined the same premise, this comedy about a mobster seeking advice from a psychiatrist was a box office winner for director Harold Ramis. Billy Crystal stars as Dr. Ben Sobel, a New York shrink who's becoming a little bored with his upscale but neurotic clientele. Into Sobel's

Overview

In the same year that a hit cable television series, The Sopranos, successfully mined the same premise, this comedy about a mobster seeking advice from a psychiatrist was a box office winner for director Harold Ramis. Billy Crystal stars as Dr. Ben Sobel, a New York shrink who's becoming a little bored with his upscale but neurotic clientele. Into Sobel's practice comes a guy with legitimate problems, Mafia kingpin Paul Viti (Robert DeNiro), a godfather who is being reduced to tears and panic attacks by stress and his guilt over his beloved father's assassination. Intimidated but also fascinated by Viti, Dr. Sobel becomes frustrated when his mob boss patient becomes a full-time occupation, as Viti summons the psychiatrist for his professional help at all hours and in all places, even including the doctor's Florida wedding to TV reporter Laura MacNamara (Lisa Kudrow). In the meantime, a power struggle is brewing with Viti's long-time rival Primo Sidone (Chazz Palminteri), but Viti begins employing the feel-good self-help jargon and techniques he's learned from Dr. Sobel to keep his enemy off balance. Just as the therapist and his powerful patient are making breakthroughs, the FBI attempts to persuade Sobel that Viti is going to have him murdered, leading to a nearly lethal misunderstanding.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Analyze This (1999) had the potential misfortune of hitting the screens shortly after HBO's new series The Sopranos began to explore the pregnant story possibilities in sending a mobster to see a psychiatrist, but the inspired comic pairing of Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal gave the film its own life. Under comedy veteran Harold Ramis's direction, the reluctant engagement of New York psychiatrist Crystal by Noo Yawk mafioso De Niro becomes at once a giddy culture clash between stereotypes and a chance for De Niro to strut his comedic stuff. Sending up his considerable history of screen mobsters and psychos, De Niro moves from emotionally anguished to therapeutically chastened to professionally menacing, all with razor-sharp timing. Crystal's restrained yet terrified responses and nightmares about The Godfather make him the ideal straight man for De Niro and another sign of what the media images of the Mob have wrought. Although Ramis keeps it all moving crisply, a subplot involving Chazz Palminteri and the obligatory final turn towards sentiment dilute the clever set-up. The hilarious first half, however, fostered enough good will with critics and audiences to turn Analyze This into a welcome hit for Crystal, De Niro and Ramis.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
UPC:
0883929155293
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
4,110

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Commentaries by Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, and Director/Cowriter Harold Ramis; Documentary "Gag" Reel Segment

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Paul Vitti
Billy Crystal Ben Sobel
Lisa Kudrow Laura MacNamara
Joe Viterelli Jelly
Chazz Palminteri Primo Sindone
Bill Macy Isaac Sobel
Leo Rossi Carlo Mangano
Kyle Sabihy Michael Sobel
Rebecca Schull Dorothy Sobel
Molly Shannon Caroline
Max Casella Nicky Shivers
Pat Cooper Salvatore Masiello
Richard C. Castellano Jimmy
Jimmie Ray Weeks Agent Steadman
Elizabeth Bracco Marie Vitti
Tony Darrow Moony
Donnamarie Recco Sheila
Michael Harkins Paretti's Family

Technical Credits
Harold Ramis Director,Screenwriter
Len Amato Co-producer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Chris Brigham Executive Producer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Billy Crystal Executive Producer
Stuart Dryburgh Cinematographer
Michael Haley Asst. Director
Suzanne Herrington Associate Producer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Kenneth Lonergan Original Story,Screenwriter
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Howard Shore Score Composer
Christopher Telefsen Editor
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Peter Tolan Original Story,Screenwriter
Paula Weinstein Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Analyze This
1. Family History (Credits) [3:40]
2. It's a Hit [1:49]
3. Reflections on Caroline [2:06]
4. Relatively Painless [1:04]
5. Close Encounter [2:08]
6. Getting Hostile [1:47]
7. Not a Panic Attack [3:52]
8. Office Visit [6:30]
9. What Primo Wants [1:35]
10. Not Happening [2:41]
11. Gangster Under Stress [6:18]
12. Not Treating Him [1:26]
13. All Wet [1:45]
14. Greek to Him [3:00]
15. The Captain And Black Milk [2:28]
16. Guy Stuff [1:25]
17. Wedding Day Victims [4:02]
18. Closure with Primo [2:22]
19. Shrink Under Stress [4:25]
20. The Godfather Dream [4:03]
21. Mutual Analysis [3:11]
22. Truth Over Pasta [4:14]
23. Reaching Out [2:33]
24. A Sorry State [4:15]
25. Bang-Bang! [3:05]
26. Her Bucking Bronco [1:33]
27. There Goes the Groom [3:43]
28. A Vague Plan [2:03]
29. Blending In [2:48]
30. The Consigliere [3:31]
31. Problem with Aggression [4:07]
32. Bullet Taken [3:20]
33. Live Music [2:14]
34. End Credits [4:00]

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Analyze This 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DeNiro shows us that he can do comedy and he suceeds. This is a real funny movie go get rent it.