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      High Anxiety

      PG Released Dec 25, 1977 1 hr. 34 min. Comedy List
      75% 32 Reviews Tomatometer 67% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Just after becoming the director of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) is greeted by a series of mysterious events. When his colleagues -- including the militaristic and mustachioed Nurse Diesel (Cloris Leachman) -- become leery of his questions, they accuse him of murder. Thorndyke's own mental health comes into question as he struggles to clear his name in the midst of a crippling bout of a condition known as "high anxiety." Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 04 Buy Now

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      Uneven but hilarious when it hits, this spoof of Hitchcock movies is a minor classic in the Mel Brooks canon.

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      Rami A This was one of Mel Brooks' weaker films. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/24 Full Review StephenPaul C LOL, the funniest 01 hour: and 34 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Right up there at the top with Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and HOTW Part I Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member LOL, the funniest 01 hour: and 34 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! Containg spoofs of Alfred Hitchcock movies!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member This one of Mel Brooks's best films. This spoof of Alfred Hitchcock films is loaded with references to the Master of Suspense; however, even if you are not familiar with Hitchcock's work there is something there for you. It is very funny and visually entertaining. Hitchcock actually consulted on this one and it has aged well. The cast of Brooks misfits is always fun to be with. Chris Leachman is sidesplittingly funny every scene she is on camera. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Sometimes you just have to be in the right mood for a Mel Brooks film. Here he plays a psychiatrist with problems of his own, especially fear of heights, who begins work at an institution where the other doctors are just as insane as their patients. Some fun Hitchcock references are the highlight. Not my favourite Mel Brooks film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times One of the problems with Mel Brooks's High Anxiety is that it picks a tricky target: It's a spoof of the work of Alfred Hitchcock, but Hitchcock's films are often funny themselves. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) This is the film that is parasitic for excellence, because it feeds on almost every scene of something that Hitchcock previously previewed. [Full review in Spanish] Jan 25, 2024 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins The film isn’t continuously funny, nor is it consistently suspenseful, but it does do a spectacular job of sending up Hitchcock’s classics. Rated: 6/10 Aug 9, 2023 Full Review Jason Shawhan Nashville Scene Mel Brooks, during his peak years, never met a genre he couldn't wrestle to the ground. And High Anxiety, his 1977 tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, is a masterpiece of characterization, design and execution. Sep 10, 2021 Full Review Fernando Trueba El Pais (Spain) More than an homage to Alfred Hitchcock, High Anxiety is a copycat. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 1, 2019 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com [VIDEO ESSAY] Mel Brooks's flair for comic riffing against a stylized background of plot devices draws on a long tradition of spoof movies that date back to the first days of sound cinema. Rated: A Jun 12, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Just after becoming the director of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) is greeted by a series of mysterious events. When his colleagues -- including the militaristic and mustachioed Nurse Diesel (Cloris Leachman) -- become leery of his questions, they accuse him of murder. Thorndyke's own mental health comes into question as he struggles to clear his name in the midst of a crippling bout of a condition known as "high anxiety."
      Director
      Mel Brooks
      Screenwriter
      Mel Brooks, Ron Clark, Rudy De Luca, Barry Levinson
      Distributor
      21st Century Film Corporation [us]
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 25, 1977, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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