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The President's Analyst (1967)

James Coburn , Godfrey Cambridge , Theodore J. Flicker  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Coburn, Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Darden, Joan Delaney, Pat Harrington Jr.
  • Directors: Theodore J. Flicker
  • Writers: Theodore J. Flicker
  • Producers: Howard W. Koch, Stanley Rubin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAOBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The President's Analyst" on IMDb

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One of the best political satires on film, with James Coburn as the psychiatrist whose top secret sessions with the president are leading him to a nervous breakdown and making him a target for left- and right-wing assassins. With Godfrey Cambridge, Pat Harrington, Will Geer. 102 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restored !! This Is The Good Stuff !! March 5, 2005

Here's the short version of my review of the DVD . Here's what you need to know about this new DVD version .


The original music has been restored . The meadow scene ( perhaps the very heart of the film ) has been restored . The picture quality is SUPERB . The audio quality is excellent .


This is the version of this wonderful and influential film , that you want to buy .

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "That's my car gun." June 30, 2004
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After his stint starring as the eternally groovy American super spy Derek Flint, "Repeat after me: I am not a pleasure unit." in Our Man Flint (1966) and In Like Flint (1967), James Colburn starred in the wonderfully quirky, funny dark political comedy/thriller The President's Analyst (1967).
Written and directed by Theodore J. Flicker, who also worked on a number of television shows including The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Dream of Jeanie, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The President's Analyst stars James Colburn as Dr. Sidney Schaefer, a New York psychiatrist who finds himself in the position of being chosen to listen to the problems of the most powerful man in the world, the President of the United States. At first, it seems like a dream position, but soon Sidney realizes it's a lot more than he can handle, as the President does not make appointments with Sidney, but expects him to be 'on call' 24/7, and signals Sidney whenever he needs him through the use of flashing red signal lights in Sidney's office, his home, and even his soup. As the pressures, odd hours and the extreme weight of the problems shared by the president wear on Sidney, his paranoia grows as he sees spies around every corner. Let's face it, how valuable would the President's analyst be to a foreign, or even friendly, power? Sidney's growing paranoia along with his inability to discuss his own problems with his peers due to possible threats to national security, causes Sidney to have a sort of nervous breakdown, to which he decides to run away, hoping to find a little peace and maybe a way out of the situation.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner Then, A Winner Now May 6, 2000
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This is one of the funniest movies of all time. A period piece, it satirises many aspects of the 1960s Cold War era. Every scene seems to demolish another icon. Some might complain that Ted Flicker does not know if he is making a love story, a suspense thriller, a hippie love-festival, or a high-tech shoot-em-up. But he chooses his targets carefully and his aim is true. Even the music is a parody.
Although Flicker, over the objections of the studio, removed the hilarious "meet cute" scene, in which Sidney (James Coburn) meets Nan (Joan Delaney), before release, the film is a masterpiece. (I do not know if the studio has replaced this scene for this release).
Godfrey Cambridge, who was a magnificent comedic actor and stand-up comedian, teams up with Severn Darden, who began his career with the original Second City theatre in Chicago. Their interplay is magic, and this film should serve as a special tribute to their memory.
This is the one film I recommend more than any other to friends and colleagues. Definitely one of the 20 films on my Top 10 list, it's a must see.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars * * * * * for the film, but this CUT is butchered ! December 1, 2003
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Unfortunately, the listing (at the time of this writing) fails to mention that this is a "special home video edition". - - Apparently Paramount couldn't (or for whatever reasons) wouldn't get the rights to some of the original music that appeared in the film. - - End result, they had to cut and edit certain scenes. - - While legal problems are understandable, what I found disappointing was that it seems the music they replaced the original stuff with bordered on cheap LA garage band music, which in turn seemed to cheapen the film. The person responsible for this probably wasn't much of a music buff, because the music and sound of that era could easily have been replicated... - - but the fact is... if you're getting this film because you've already rented it a million times and like me, its one of your faves... get ready for a bit of disappointment. On the other hand, it is a great movie, and its good to see atleast some effort was made to get it out of the vaults. (Now when are they going to rerelease another '60s counterculture classic : Wild In The Streets ?)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Music July 9, 2005
The original music (Barry McGuire's "Inner-Manipulations") has been restored in the DVD version of this fantastic '60s flick. Five stars and two thumbs up!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're the humanitarian...take the gun ! October 9, 2004
By Bob L
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The way I see it, we still have some catching up to do with Theodore J. Flicker's The President's Analyst. At the time it came out it seem to be a hysterical political satire but as the years have gone on it becomes more and more evident of being way, way ahead of it's and our time.

The basic premise is Sidney(James Coburn)has been recuited as the President's analyst. At first he finds the sessions enthralling but as more and more security restrictions are imposed on him, the pressure builds until finally he takes it on the lam. This creates a tempest within the intelligence community and puts a bull's-eye square on Sidney's back. Everyone wants Sidney for what he can tell them or what he might tell the other guy. I don't know what anyone could possibly find dated in this story. Basically, it would play exactly the same today as it did in 1968. The intelligence community hasn't gone anywhere, it's only gotten dumb and dumber. Actually, today it might play exactly like this for real.

Let me digress and talk about how good everyone is in this great movie. Coburn, Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Dardern, William Daniels, Pat Harrington and everyone down to the smallest role are fabulous. Flicker's screenplay and direction seem effortless and freewheeling. The music is ultra cool, especially Barry McGuire's Changes. The only possible knock I could give is there's not a lot of style to the cinematography and editing after the first twenty minutes or so but it's really not a problem and my only gripe.

So far I've been describing a teriffic movie but this is much more. This is a movie forty or fifty or more years ahead of its time. On the order of Metropolis or 2001:A Space Odyssey this movie's vision is more true today than it was when it was first released.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Good film. Will probably watch it again. I'm a James Coburn fan and enjoyed this funny film, although it was a bit corny compared to films today.
Published 15 days ago by Sam Randol
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This is so funny, 40+ years later it is even better, it is such a telling commentary on American life
Published 1 month ago by John Q
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 'B' movie ever made
One of my all time favorite movies. A must have. Paranoid conspiracy theory or emerging reality? A great spoof and James Coburn pulls it off with his usual suave performance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by W. Waite
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Sixties Quasi Masterpiece.
This is a viscerally immersive encounter with the evolving politics and culture of the 60s. The best thing about it is that it's by no means heavy-handed by way of that ambition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mooseville
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Comedy of the Time
This was long one of my favorite movies for years after first seeing it as a child (at our family-owned drive-in movie theater no less), and so when I saw I had a chance to snatch... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Woodcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent period movie
If you are a baby boomer, you will love this. By the end of the movie, you will know who is the ultimate EVIL in the world, TPC!
Published 3 months ago by D. G. L. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate comedy for the paranoid in each of us...:)
This movie is almost never on TV, which is too bad as it is a slickly performed comedy...the NSA fiasco about privacy brings this movie back to front and center... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul D. Christenson
5.0 out of 5 stars They Are All Spies
The widescreen DVD presentation is flawless. But on to the story. The only thing to really fear in the world of The President's Analyst is that you are not sufficiently paranoid. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Pawlicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Today's issues: humor in spy satire garb
Surprisingly contemporary themes of privacy, ethics, and hi-tech (unauthorized) spying on ordinary folks, this satirical film holds up to make us laugh at today's headlines. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny
As funny and as wonderful as I remember this zany comedy. I highly recommend it for all to enjoy. One of my top James Coburn films.
Published 6 months ago by michael
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