Lovesick

Lovesick

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Director: Marshall Brickman

Cast: Dudley Moore, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Guinness

     
 

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A flat script robs Lovesick of its potential drama, incipient but never fully realized when Saul (Dudley Moore), a married psychiatrist, becomes romantically obsessed with Chloe (Elizabeth McGovern), one of his patients. Chloe has already devastated one psychoanalyst, and although the venerable Freud himself (Alec Guinness) appears to counsel Saul in his worstSee more details below

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A flat script robs Lovesick of its potential drama, incipient but never fully realized when Saul (Dudley Moore), a married psychiatrist, becomes romantically obsessed with Chloe (Elizabeth McGovern), one of his patients. Chloe has already devastated one psychoanalyst, and although the venerable Freud himself (Alec Guinness) appears to counsel Saul in his worst moments, the man continues on his tormented way. In spite of notable names in the acting field, neither the subsidiary characters nor the story itself rise above the limited dialogue and plot.

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All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
After Marshall Brickman and Woody Allen co-scripted the comedic blockbusters Annie Hall and Manhattan, Brickman made his mark as a solo writer-director with three radically different efforts: Simon (1980), Lovesick (1983) and The Manhattan Project (1986). All are acquired tastes; Lovesick is easily the weakest link in the chain. While by no means a total disaster, the picture eventually falls apart and loses its way. This is doubly frustrating since the first half plays so smoothly. As Dr. Saul Benjamin, a downbeat psychiatrist whose ennui gets alleviated by an ethereally beautiful young patient named Chloe (Elizabeth McGovern), Dudley Moore delivers a fine, modulated performance, and the chemistry between Moore and McGovern hits so far off the charts, one wishes they had become a regular screen couple, despite the 20-year+ age difference. In 1983, reviewers such as Roger Ebert lamented the Play it Again, Sam-like fantasy walk-ons by Alec Guinness as Sigmund Freud, but such complaints seem off target. The Freud sequences don't feel particularly injurious to the material, and even help bolster the central idea of Saul attempting to overcome his initial psychological reservations about experiencing reciprocal love with a patient and dating her. At least in the beginning, the picture sustains a low-key rapture - it's slight but whimsical and guilelessly romantic, and it whisks us along in its current. The movie goes off the rails, though, once Saul and Chloe fall into each other's arms. instead of moving into the relationship and exploring its nuances, Brickman shifts his emphasis to an absurd subplot involving Dr. Benjamin's review by a psychiatric committee. The members, it turns out, want to disbar him after learning of the affair. This makes no logical sense (the doctor and patient end their professional relationship once dating begins) and provides an irritating narrative distraction. The film soon begins to drift all over the place, and the relationship in which we've grown emotionally invested gets relegated to a footnote. The result is a dispiriting movie that feels half-baked and falls far short of its potential.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
UPC:
0085392001125
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
44,153

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dudley Moore Saul Benjamin
Elizabeth McGovern Chloe Allen
Alec Guinness Sigmund Freud
John Huston Dr. Larry Geller
Wallace Shawn Otto Jaffe
Alan King Lionel Gross,M.D.
Renee Taylor Mrs. Mondragon
Ron Silver Ted Caruso
Suzanne Barrie His Wife
Merwin Goldsmith Actor
Anne Kerry Katie
Fred Melamed Actor
Lester Rawlins Silent Patient
Jonathan Reynolds Actor
Juliet Taylor Actor
Paul Andor Analysis
Christine Baranski Nymphomaniac
Anna Berger Analysis
Mark Blum Intern Murphy
Kent Broadhurst Gay Patient
Anne de Salvo Interviewer
Selma Diamond Harriet Singer
Sol Frieder Analysis
Ann Gillespie Actress
E. Katherine Kerr Analysis
Isabell Monk Nurse
Ray Ramirez Menendez
Benjamin Rayson Analysis
Gene Saks Frantic Patient
Raynor Scheine St.Person At Shelter
Stefan Schnabel Gunnar Bergser,MD
Yanni Sfinias Vendor
Richard B. Shull Dr. Fessner
Stewart Steinberg Analyst
David Strathairn Marvin Zuckerman
John Tillinger Play Director

Technical Credits
Marshall Brickman Director,Screenwriter
Gary J. Brink Set Decoration/Design
Nina Feinberg Editor
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Charles Okun Producer
Thomas A. Reilly Asst. Director
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Kristi Zea Costumes/Costume Designer

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