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High Anxiety (1977)

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Budget $3,400,000

Running Time
1 hour, 34 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Crossbow Productions

Studio 20th Century Fox, Crossbow Productions

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• High Anxiety (1977)

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Genre: Thriller, Comedy, Spoof, Slapstick, Suspense, Satire, Murder, Thieves, Doctor

Tagline: A Psycho-Comedy

Plot: In this perceptive, sidesplitting homage to Hichcock films, director, star, and writer Mel Brooks plays the average American guy, psychiatrist Richard Thorndyke (as in Roger Thorndike, Cary Grant's character in NORTH BY NORTHWEST), who's terrified of heights (think VERTIGO). He becomes the new chief of the Institute for the Very Very Nervous, where things are not what they seem, and it's not long before Richard finds himself embroiled in murder, deception, and other hilarious situations. While Brooks plays the quintessential innocent man accused, Madeline Kahn is perfect as his Hichcockian icy blonde love interest, Victoria Brisbane. It is perhaps Cloris Leachman, though, who is at her most deviantly funny as Nurse Diesel--a kind of cross between her Frau Blucher character from YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and Nurse Rached from ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. HIGH ANXIETY is a treat to watch just to spot the Hitchcock parodies/homages, as Brooks amiably spoofs some of the suspense master's most famous scenes, including hysterical takeoffs of THE BIRDS and PSYCHO. HIGH ANXIETY is one of Mel Brooks's most consistently entertaining films.

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 Directed by
Mel Brooks
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 Written by
Mel Brooks
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Ron Clark
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Madeline Kahn
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Harvey Korman
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 Music By
John Morris
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