High Anxiety

High Anxiety

DVD - 2006
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In a parody of Hitchcock thrillers, Mel Brooks stars as Dr. Richard Thorndyke, a psychiatrist who is terrified of heights and is the newly appointed chief of the Institute for the Very Very Nervous.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2006
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC HIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jan 25, 2017

1977's "High Anxiety" has got to be one of lamest and most unfunny parody/spoofs that I've ever seen. Considering that these were, indeed, Alfred Hitchcock's films that were the target of this dumb spoof, I'd say the director Mel Brooks really wimped out and missed the mark, big time.

The way I see it - High Anxiety really should have been a literal "scream-fest" of total, non-stop laughter from start to finish. It really should have - Especially when you realistically think about the absolute glut of material that Brooks had at his disposal to work with.

But, with that said - Apparently Brooks spoofed, or parodied, some 20 Hitchcock films here in High Anxiety. But, hey, you could've fooled me on that one - 'Cause I only recognized, maybe, 3 films that were being spoofed. And those 3 were typically - Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds.

Anyway - (*On a trivia note*) - If you can believe this - Alfred Hitchcock (77 at the time) actually viewed High Anxiety, himself - And (guess what?) - He liked it.

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TheSandoz
Jan 24, 2017

Poor spoof of the Hitchcock films.

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janetw11
Feb 17, 2016

This homage to Hitchcock is very funny at times and always likable. One of the best scenes is when Mel Brooks is being pursued by "the birds." A real gem of a film that Hitchcock fans will most probably enjoy.

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Jul 07, 2012

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