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Dr. Richard Thorndyke (Brooks) has just been hired as the director of Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous, after the sudden death of the previous administrator. Something odd seems to be going on -- screams are heard, a patient signals Thorndyke with a mirror, and Dr. Charles Montague (Harvey Korman) frightens a patient into fits. Then one of the doctors dies mysteriously, while trying to leave the conspiracy.
And when Thorndyke is lecturing at a psychiatry convention, the evil Nurse Diesel (Cloris Leachman) sends a hired killer (wearing a Thorndyke mask) to frame the doctor for murder. Now Thorndyke must elude the police and the killer, clear his name with the help of a mysterious blonde heiress (Madeleine Kahn), and overcome his crippling "high anxiety."
As a homage/spoof, this is gold. Brooks deftly weaves together elements and storylines from various Hitchock movies, including "Vertigo" and "Spellbound," with some nods to "Psycho," "North By Northwest" and "The Birds." There's dizzying looks down a wooden tower, newspaper "stabbings" in the shower, and Madeleine Kahn's strange not-so-icy blonde.
But it's also a great movie in its own right. Rather than outright slapstick as in some of his movies, Brooks instead crafts a clever thriller framed with delicious comedy -- he even makes fun of some standard filmmaking devices. For example, Thorndyke's hotel suite is switched for a top-floor room because of a call from... "a Mr.Read more ›
spoof of Hitchcock films,and some of the comedic moments work well.i
actually laughed once in awhile.but what really works are the thriller
and suspense moments.Cloris Leachman is particularly effective as the
nurse from hell,Nurse Diesel.she really created a memorable
character,in my opinion.Mel Brooks was actually not bad in a semi
serious role.actually the acting was good all around.and i don't mind
saying i was on the edge of my seat quite a bit.this movie kept me
interested right to the end.i really found it quite suspenseful and
thrilling.i'd definitely watch it again.for me,High Anxiety is a 3/5
This film is a parody on many of Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers such as "Vertigo" (the main theme), "Psycho", "The Birds" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Dr. Thorndyke teams up with Victoria Brisbane (Kahn) who was in search of her father Arthur Brisbane who had been held at the Institute for the Very, Very Nervous against his will along with many of the patients by Dr. Montague and Nurse Diesel who have also attempted plots on the life of Dr. Thorndyke. Like all of Mel Brooks films, this movie will make anyone roll on the floor in laughter from start to finish as a lot of the unexpected occurs throughout such as the rock with a note tied to it come smashing through Dr. Thorndyke's bathroom window from the violent ward at the institute while brushing his teeth or the filming crew doing silly things like breaking a window pane with the camera lens. One of the best parts was when Brooks and Kahn dress and act like an old Yiddish couple attempting to go through security screening with a loaded gun at San Francisco Airport, "I BEEPED! I BEEPED!" This movie is great for Mel Brooks fans and a film that is highly recommended. "High Anxiety, You Win!"
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I loved it. It didn't dissapoint and the delivery was so fast it was awesome!!!Published 24 days ago by F Levesque
This movie is oh so Mel Brooks. You will find that you can keep seeing this movie over and over because of the laughs you get every-time you see it. Read morePublished on May 26 2013 by P B
Nobody is safe from satire, not even Alfred Hitchcock. But Mel Brooks straddles the line between parody and affectionate homage in "High Anxiety," a hysterical psychiatric comedy... Read morePublished on April 23 2007 by E. A Solinas
For my money, the best Mel Brooks' movies are the ones that he doesn't appear or barely appears in, like THE TWELVE CHAIRS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and THE PRODUCERS. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
If you have not seen most of Hitchcoks's movies don't bother with this one until you have. This is Mr. Brook's tribute to the Master, as only he can do it. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by John A. Oconnor
This is a spectacular movie! Typical Mel Brooks' humor, one of his best. But, where is the DVD version?Published on Jan. 6 2004
great mel brooks film with a lot of hilarious moments including my favorite part when that patient tells him he's dreaming about werewolfs and he has a pain in his neck. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Michael Bolts