Final Analysis

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Final Analysis
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Phil Joanou
Produced by Charles Roven
Tony Thomas
Paul Junger Witt
Screenplay by Wesley Strick
Story by Robert H. Berger
Wesley Strick
Starring Richard Gere
Kim Basinger
Uma Thurman
Eric Roberts
Keith David
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography Jordan Cronenweth
Edited by Thom Noble
Production
company
Witt/Thomas Productions
Roven-Cavallo Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • February 7, 1992 (1992-02-07) (United States)
Running time 124 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $33 million
Box office $28,590,665

Final Analysis is a 1992 American neo-noir drama directed by Phil Joanou and written by Wesley Strick. It stars Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman, Eric Roberts and Keith David. The executive producers were Gere and Maggie Wilde.[1]

The neo-noir style of Final Analysis imitates Hitchcockian thrillers like Vertigo.

Plot[edit]

Isaac Barr (Richard Gere) is a top-notch, San Francisco-based Freudian psychiatrist, who has Diana Baylor (Uma Thurman) on the patient's couch. He is treating her for frightening and horrific childhood memories, which include images of her drunken father and his death in a fire for which she wasn't blamed.

One night, Heather Evans (Kim Basinger) enters Barr's office and says that she is Baylor's sister. She asks Barr for information about her sister's case. It is implied, as part of the treatment, that Isaac speak to Heather to find out more about her sister's past experiences and determine if she might provide information Diana has forgotten.

Not long after, Heather seduces Isaac, and a steamy affair follows. However, there is a problem—Heather is married to Jimmy Evans (Eric Roberts), a violent and wealthy Greek gangster. She also has a way of embarrassing Jimmy in public by taking a sip of wine and then flipping into an attack of "pathological intoxication", which can end with the restaurant in shambles.

It turns out that Heather is trying to involve unsuspecting Isaac in a diabolical plan to murder Jimmy and collect a $4 million double indemnity life insurance policy on him. She is also using Diana as bait and wants Isaac framed for the murder.

Cast[edit]

Filming[edit]

Filming locations included City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The box-office receipts were considered poor given the talent of Gere and Basinger, and the well regarded director. The first week's gross was $6,411,441 and the total receipts for the film's run were $28,590,665.

In its widest release the film was featured in 1,599 theaters across the United States.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Film critic Roger Ebert liked the screenplay and thought director Alfred Hitchcock, known for these types of thrillers, would have liked it as well. He wrote, "I'm a sucker for movies that look and feel like this. I like the pounding romantic music, the tempestuous sex scenes, the crafty ways that neurotic meddlers destroy the lives of their victims, and of course the handcrafted climax..." Ebert also thought the movie was needlessly complex.[3]

Vincent Canby, film critic for The New York Times, was pleased with the work of the actors in the film and wrote, "Mr. Gere and Ms. Basinger are attractive as the furious lovers, but Mr. Roberts is the film's electrical force whenever he is on screen. Ms. Thurman does well as a sort of up scale slavey."[4]

The staff at Variety magazine gave the film a positive film review, writing, "Final Analysis is a crackling good psychological melodrama [from a screen story by Robert Berger and Wesley Strick] in which star power and slick surfaces are used to potent advantage. Tantalizing double-crosses mount right up to the eerie final scene."[5]

Many reviews were negative. Critic Kathleen Maher wrote, "Joanou, with his puppy dog devotion to noir thrillers and Hitchcock, is hoping to get it all right by painting by the numbers. He's mixed parts of Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, and Vertigo, but the result doesn't even live up to Dead Again..." Maher also says she's seen Gere's acting like this before, and added: "[B]ut Gere reverts to that shell-shocked acting style he adopts when lost at sea."[6] Rita Kempley, writing in The Washington Post, called the film "an implausible psycho thriller" and said director Joanou "doesn't have any of his own ideas."[7]

Currently, the film has a Rotten Tomatoes 52% film score, based on twenty-three reviews.[8]

Accolades[edit]

Nominations

Distribution[edit]

The producers used the following tagline to market the film:

A psychiatrist and two beautiful sisters playing the ultimate mind game.

The film opened in wide release on February 7, 1992.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Final Analysis at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ The Numbers box office data. Accessed: August 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. Chicago Sun-Times, film review, February 7, 1992. Accessed: August 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Canby, Vincent. The New York Times, film review, February 7, 1992. Accessed: August 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Variety. Staff film review, 1992. Accessed: August 9, 2013.
  6. ^ Maher, Kathleen. The Austin Chronicle, February 14, 1992. Accessed: August 9. 2013.
  7. ^ Kempley, Rita. The Washington Post, "Final Analysis, an implausible psycho thriller," February 7, 1992. Accessed: August 9, 2013.
  8. ^ Final Analysis at Rotten Tomatoes. Accessed: August 9, 2013.

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