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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman, Eric Roberts, Paul Guilfoyle (II)
  • Directors: Phil Joanou
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: October 7, 1993
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302469198
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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This film, which again pairs Richard Gere and Kim Basinger (who starred in 1986's No Mercy), offers up elements of classic noir: a hapless man becomes intimately involved with a beautiful blonde who may or may not be who or what she appears to be. Dedicated psychiatrist Isaac Barr (Gere) reluctantly, and then more obsessively, becomes involved with Heather Evans (Basinger), the sister of his patient, Diana Baylor (Uma Thurman). Evans is unhappily married to a gangster (appropriately played by a muscular and menacing Eric Roberts in a trademark role). Gere and Basinger make a credible, if dangerous couple, and Thurman delivers a subtle, understated performance and demonstrates her range and potential.

The thriller is appropriately shot in gorgeous San Francisco, where the literal and figurative curving and hilly roads wind throughout. Credit legendary art director Dean Tavoularis for some amazing sets and scenes, notably the elegantly cavernous restaurant where Evans and her husband have a fateful dinner.

This film is, in a way, glossy director Phil Joanou's Hitchcockian tribute--as a climactic lighthouse scene best demonstrates. Final Analysis doesn't offer an intimate look at its characters, but a beautifully stylized one, moody and gloomy. The intricate plot experiments with the device of "pathological intoxication," in which the subject completely loses control after drinking alcohol. And this doesn't mean a conventional ugly drunk; it means a frightening psychotic. Good and evil, hope and despair, beauty and repulsion are often juxtaposed in the film's complex world. --N.F. Mendoza

Customer Reviews

The movie moves rather slowly during the first half.
Israel Drazin
Richard Gere and Kim Basinger have great chemistry and the supporting cast in top notch in the well paced thriller.
GaryShawn
A fast paced romantic thriller that is very suspenseful.
HaviLover

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: DVD
WARNING: This DVD is in 1.33 aspect ration, so you won't see the same film as the one in the theater.
If you have a widescreen tv or 16:9 projection screen you'll have black bars on the left & right sides of your screen that will make this DVD look like a "TV Movie".
Visually this was a stunning film, shot by one of the greatest cinematographers - Jordan Cronenwenth who also filmed BLADERUNNER, STOP MAKING SENSE, etc. It is such a disservice to him and the film to NOT release this as an anamorphic widescreen DVD so the homeviewer can enjoy the great visuals.
WARNER Bros., we'll rather pay a little more, and get quality!
4 stars for the film, 1 star for the DVD.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Babushka on April 15, 1999
Format: DVD
If you're into mind games, this is a movie treat for you. I'm glad this dvd is out so i added it to my collection. For the price i paid for this dvd, it is worth it. In this movie, Kim Basinger played a sweet & innocent but daring role into pursuing an opportunity of getting rid of her rich husband (Eric Roberts). The object of her desire is her sister (Uma Thurman) and hunk psychologist (Richard Gere) who all three gamble for deceit and manipulation. The question is, who of the three will prevail? The movie naturally ignites with heavy drama and suspense with metaphores and their meaning. This is what Richard Gere, the psychologist, needs to figure out. I just love that part when Richard Gere entraps Kim Basinger in saying "You're right about double jeopardy". I think this is the best acting role that Kim Basinger had ever pursued over all her other movies even LA Confidential, where she won Golden globe award as best actress.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2001
Format: DVD
This thriller was always an extremely entertaining Hitchcock knockoff (nothing at all like Basic Instinct, despite the other reviews here) -- if you could buy Gere as a therapist, and that's not hard, since he's not playing a *smart* therapist -- but a lot of the charm of the movie was how gorgeous it was visually, and this DVD does not give you the gorgeous anarmorphic widescreen picture you expect from a DVD. It's formatted to fit your (square) screen. I would much rather have paid 20 bucks for the expected widescreen version -- since I already had the VHS, this wasn't even worth 10. (Yes, I admit I should have read the product description more carefully, but I didn't realize people were releasing widescreen movies on DVD without a widescreen option -- why should they, for crying out loud? -- so I got blindsided. I post this to warn others like myself.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shashank Tripathi on January 16, 2005
Format: DVD
Was it two love triangles, or three? Difficult to tell in this twistathon psychological thriller that couldn't resist the tempation of ending in your customary lighthouse sequence on an inclement night with the hero hanging by his fingernails high above the lashing tides below.

Long after you've forgiven the newly discovered condition of Pathological Intoxication (one I'm convinced the director suffered from) which causes the sufferer to go berserk after so much as touching alcohol, you will recognize that the chemistry of Basinger and Gere and Therman, and permutations thereof, is great, but the plot soon puts on maillots and starts twisting like an immigrant ballerina.

Take copious notes when you watch it, which you must, if only for some excellent acting especially by Eric Roberts as a mean millionaire. You may emerge dazed or goofy, convinced that you've seen a humdinger, but you won't be able to describe it so it won't hurt all that much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Squittia Brown on February 2, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
I've always loved this movie. I'm glad i was able to find it. I couldn't find it in the store. Thank you amazon.com.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: DVD
If you're into mind games, this is a movie treat for you. I'm glad this dvd is out so i added it to my collection. For the price i paid for this dvd, it is worth it. I only wish there were added features like a theatrical trailer and biographies of the actors. In this movie, Kim Basinger played a sweet & innocent but daring role into pursuing an opportunity of getting rid of her rich husband (Eric Roberts). The object of her desire is her sister (Uma Thurman) and hunk psychologist (Richard Gere) who all three gamble for deceit and manipulation. The question is, who of the three will prevail? The movie naturally ignites with heavy drama and suspense with metaphores and their meaning. This is what Richard Gere, the psychologist, needs to figure out. I just love that part when Richard Gere entraps Kim Basinger in saying "You're right about double jeopardy". I think this is the best acting role that Kim Basinger had ever pursued over all her other movies even LA Confidential, where she won Golden globe award as best actress.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By viewer on August 2, 2007
Format: DVD
This movie has some promising elements. There is a premeditated murder plot with some intricacy, twists, and atmosphere. Kim Basinger does a good job playing a beautiful mystery woman with a troubled past and an exotic, violent illness ("pathological intoxication"). She conveys soft, placid (if overly simple) beauty one minute and psychotic rage the next, and creates a character that rivals Catherine Zeta-Jones' in Traffic for turning on a dime into a memorably driven, tough, and hard-hearted soul.

Uma Thurman looks and acts her slight part adequately enough as Basinger's delicate, spaced-out sister, a patient of psychiatrist Richard Gere. Paul Guilfoyle hams it up as a boorish criminal defense lawyer pal of Gere's. A police detective is tough, crude, and menacing, on cue (barking "Don't yank" a part of his anatomy, at Gere).

But the film collapses under the weight of its many flaws. Gere is completely unconvincing as an "eminent psychiatrist." This has less to do with how he looks than how the movie presents him. At no point does he say or do anything that credibly establishes such a character. His attempts seem limited to occasionally speaking in jargon or hushed tones. He appears gullible and ignorant, as when it takes a lecture by someone else to tip him off by chance to a colorful passage in Freud's work that is key to the criminal's scheme; even one of the plotters had expected Gere to be familiar with it. His supposedly joking answer to Basinger that as a psychiatrist he simply repeats, as a question, whichever last two words are spoken by his patient -- "'Your mother?'" -- hits a little too close to home. It is a truer description of how Gere comes across here than he thinks.
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