Beyond Therapy (film)

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Beyond Therapy
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Altman
Written by Robert Altman
Christopher Durang (play)
Music by Gabriel Yared
George Gershwin
Cinematography Pierre Mignot
Edited by Stephen P. Dunn (sup)
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release dates
1987 (1987)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Beyond Therapy is a 1987 American comedy film written and directed by Robert Altman, based on the play of the same name by Christopher Durang.


The film focuses on Prudence and Bruce, two Manhattanites who are seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their respective psychiatrists, lecherous Stuart and scatterbrained Charlotte, each of whom suggests the patient place a personal ad. Their first meeting proves to be a disaster, but when they reunite sparks begin to fly. Complications ensue when bisexual Bruce's jealous live-in lover Bob decides to assert himself and do everything possible to maintain his status quo.



According to Durang, both he and Altman wrote separate screenplays. Ultimately, Durang's script was rewritten substantially by Altman with Durang later describing the project as "a very unhappy experience and outcome."[1]

Despite its New York City setting, the film was made in Paris, where director Robert Altman was living at the time.


  1. ^ Durang, Christopher. "Christopher Durang – Film and TV Writings". Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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