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This article is about the 1983 film. For other uses, see Love Sick (disambiguation).
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Lovesick DVD cover
Directed by Marshall Brickman
Produced by Charles Okun
Written by Marshall Brickman
Starring Dudley Moore
Elizabeth McGovern
Alec Guinness
Christine Baranski
Anne De Salvo
Otto Bettmann
Music by Philippe Sarde
Cinematography Gerry Fisher
Edited by Nina Feinberg
Distributed by The Ladd Company
Warner Bros.
Release dates
February 18, 1983
Running time
95 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $10,143,618 (USA)

Lovesick is a 1983 romantic comedy film. It was written and directed by Marshall Brickman. It stars Dudley Moore and Elizabeth McGovern and features Alec Guinness as the ghost of Sigmund Freud.


Psychologist Saul Benjamin takes on a patient temporarily as a favor to a colleague friend, Otto Jaffe, who is infatuated with her. After her doctor dies, Chloe Allen comes to see Dr. Benjamin and immediately he is smitten with her, too.

The doctor-patient relationship is violated by Dr. Benjamin's romantic impulses toward Chloe and by his intense jealousy of anyone who comes near her, including Ted Caruso, an arrogant Broadway actor with whom she has become involved. The psychiatrist's wife also is carrying on an affair with Jac Applezweig, an artist.

The ghost of Dr. Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology, visits Dr. Benjamin from time to time to dispense warnings and wisdom. Benjamin's work begins to suffer as he abandons patients like Mrs. Mondragon, finding her tedious, and treats the cakeia of another, Marvin Zuckerman, by designing a peculiar handmade hat for him to wear.

A board of inquiry calls in Dr. Benjamin to consider revoking his license. In the end, he admits his feelings to Chloe and concludes that he prefers true love to treating the sick.


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