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Analyze This

Promotional poster
Directed by Harold Ramis
Produced by Paula Weinstein
Jane Rosenthal
Written by Screenplay:
Kenneth Lonergan
Peter Tolan
Harold Ramis
Story:
Kenneth Lonergan
Peter Tolan
Starring Robert De Niro
Billy Crystal
Lisa Kudrow
Chazz Palminteri
Joe Viterelli
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Editing by Craig P. Herring
Christopher Tellefsen
Studio Village Roadshow Pictures
TriBeCa Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) March 5, 1999
Running time 103 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$30 million
Gross revenue $176,885,658[1]
Followed by Analyze That

Analyze This is a 1999 crime comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the screenplay with playwright Kenneth Lonergan and Peter Tolan. The film stars Robert De Niro as a mafioso and Billy Crystal as a psychiatrist. A sequel, Analyze That, was released in 2002.

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Plot

Prologue: In voiceover, mob boss Paul Vitti (De Niro) narrates a brief history of the Mafia during the year 1957: in the wake of Albert Anastasia's death, the dispute over whether Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino or Joe Bananas will ascend to mob supremacy, results in the Apalachin Meeting in upstate New York. The meeting breaks up early when it is raided by the F.B.I., and the mafia has never tried calling a nationwide summit since then... until now.

Vitti (Robert De Niro) and his avuncular best friend, Dominic (Joseph Rigano) are discussing the upcoming meeting at a restaurant. Dominic warns that the mafia is in deep trouble, with the F.B.I.'s unprecedented success in turning "made" mobsters into informants and putting bosses in prison, not to mention the new competition from incoming Chinese and Russian gangsters. As they exit the restaurant, Dominic also warns Vitti to look out for Young Turk boss Primo Sindone (Chazz Palminteri). Vitti pauses and turns back to get a toothpick, which saves his life when gunmen speed past the restaurant in a car and gun down Dominic. A distraught Vitti vows to avenge Dominic.

Meanwhile, a psychiatrist, Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal), is facing his own problems: his son from his first marriage keeps listening to his sessions, his patients are not challenging enough, and his second wedding to Laura MacNamara (Lisa Kudrow) in Miami is coming soon. Sobel's life turns completely upside down when he accidentally smashes into a car from behind while driving with his son. The car, it turns out, belongs to Paul Vitti. Jimmy angrily berates Sobel, but Jelly (Joe Viterelli) intervenes and takes the blame, despite Jimmy having to tape the trunk to the car (because there was someone bound and gagged in the trunk, narrowly escaping Sobel's sight). Sobel nonetheless gives Jelly his card in case he changes his mind about seeking compensation.

Shortly thereafter, during a meeting with his friends, Vitti's extreme anxiety leads to a panic attack, although he exaggerates to the doctor (claiming he's had eight heart attacks) and gets angry when the doctor suggests that he had a panic attack (on the basis that he is a mob boss, someone who does not panic), subsequently ransacking the doctor's practice in rage. Vitti then tells Jelly in private that he needs to see a psychiatrist, but it has to be kept a secret. Jelly recommends Sobel.

Vitti visits a terrified Sobel, and claims that "his friend" needs therapy. Sobel easily deduces that Vitti's friend is in fact Vitti himself, impressing Vitti enough to decide to see him whenever he needs him. Sobel leaves with his son for Miami a day early. The holiday starts off well, until Sobel learns that Vitti, Jelly and their men have followed him to Miami: Vitti failed to get an erection while having sex with his girlfriend, and blamed Sobel's "bad service". Vitti explains that he has been going through a hard time, and Sobel suggests that the source of the problem might be stress, which Sobel describes to Vitti as a very powerful force on its own, again impressing Vitti, who decides to make Sobel his psychiatrist. A reluctant Sobel agrees to treat Vitti exclusively once they return to New York. The next day, however, Vitti has another panic attack, and requests to see Sobel again, only after a skeptical Sobel was thrown into the shark tank by Jelly as a means of intimidation. Vitti explains his bleak history with his father (who died of a heart attack) to Sobel, who thinks that this might have something to do with Vitti's problems. The wedding day arrives, but unfortunately, so does an assassin, sent by Primo to kill Vitti. The assassin kills one of Vitti's friends, but is subdued by Vitti and Jelly, who throw him out of a window to his death, right in the middle of the wedding, just before Sobel can say "I do". An enraged Sobel confronts Vitti and gets into a heated argument with the mob boss. Vitti soon gets angry, and Sobel suggests that he take his anger out on Primo, but in a calm way. Vitti phones Primo and attempts to forgive him, but ends up threatening him violently that he will kill him if he tries to assassinate him again.

Sobel and his family return to New York, where they find a gigantic fountain in their garden and the FBI in their house. The FBI have been monitoring Vitti for the past few weeks, and have noticed Sobel with him. They request that Sobel spy on Vitti for them, but Sobel refuses. Sobel, however, changes his mind when the FBI show him a recorded tape of Vitti speaking with another mobster, in which Vitti reveals his intention to kill Sobel after the meeting (which the FBI had actually altered themselves in a desperate attempt to sway Sobel to their side: Vitti had really said that he had no intention to harm Sobel and would kill anyone who laid a finger on him). Sobel wears a sellotaped recorder in his next meeting with Vitti and his men, but takes it off and throws it away once he hears from Jelly that Vitti's father was actually murdered before his very eyes when he was still a child, possibly traumatising him into the villain he is now. Sobel believes that he might be able to help Vitti after all, but Vitti realises Sobel was working with the FBI, and takes him to a secluded place to kill him. Sobel and Vitti get into another argument, and Vitti begins to cry upon being reminded of his father's murder: he had been angry with his father at the time, and refused to warn him about the killers, thus believing himself to be guilty for his father's death.

Just then, assassins sent by Primo ambush them, and a gunfight ensues. Primo's men are killed, and Vitti (who was crying the whole time) thanks Sobel for saving his life. The day of the meeting arrives, but Vitti has another episode, rendering him unable to attend. Jelly interrupts Sobel's wedding again, and requests that Sobel attend the meeting in Vitti's place as Vitti's new consigliere. Sobel is initially terrified, but his self-confidence builds and he begins to cheek Primo to the point where Primo pulls a gun on him. Vitti arrives in time and orders Primo to stand down. Vitti then announces that he knows that a traitor in his own family killed Dominic, but will not seek revenge, and instead retire from the mafia lifestyle, much to everyone's surprise. Once outside, another gun battle ensues between Vitti and Primo's men, during which Sobel takes a bullet to the shoulder to protect Vitti (although he actually tripped over). The FBI intervenes and the mobsters are arrested while Sobel is taken to hospital.

The film ends with Sobel visiting Vitti in Sing Sing prison. Vitti gratefully thanks Sobel for all the help he gave him, and once again tells him "You...you're good, you...". They bid farewell and part as Vitti is taken back to his cell by a guard.

Cast

Box office performance and reception

The film was successful both critically and commercially, grossing $177 million in total. The movie also received mixed to positive reviews, scoring a 67% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Analyze This". Box Office Mojo. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=analyzethis.htm. Retrieved 26 December 2009.  

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Quotes

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Analyze This is a 1999 movie produced by Warner Brothers Studios. Directed by Harold Ramis, it features Robert De Niro as a gangster and Billy Crystal as a psychiatrist. It was written by screenwriter Peter Tolan and former Naked Angels playwright Kenneth Lonergan. A sequel, Analyze That was released in 2002.

Dr. Ben Sobel

Dr. Ben Sobel: (masquerading as a mobster) My name is Ben Sobel... -lioni. Ben Sobellioni. I'm also known as, uh, Benny the Groin, Sammy the Schnozz, Elmer the Fudd, Tubby the Tuba, and once as Miss Phyllis Levine.

Dialogue

Dr. Ben Sobel: Oedipus was a Greek king who killed his father and married his mother.
Boss Paul Vitti: (scoffing) Fuckin' Greeks.

Dominic: Times are changing. You've got to change with the times.
Boss Paul Vitti: What, am I supposed to get a fuckin' website?

Boss Paul Vitti: If I talk to you, and you turn me into a fag... I'm gonna kill you, you understand?
Dr. Ben Sobel: Could we define the word "fag," because...?
Boss Paul Vitti: I go fag, you die. Got it?
Dr. Ben Sobel: Got it.

Dr. Ben Sobel: You know what I do I'm angry? I hit a pillow. Just hit the pillow, see how you feel.
Boss Paul Vitti: (empties a gun into the pillow) There's your fuckin' pillow.
Dr. Ben Sobel: Feel better?
Boss Paul Vitti: ...Yeah, I do.
Dr. Ben Sobel: Good.

Boss Paul Vitti: Hey, people get depressed, they jump. But that ain't my fault.
Dr. Ben Sobel: Oh, so you're telling me it was suicide?
Boss Paul Vitti: I don't know, he probably left a note. Jelly, did they find that note?
Jelly: (taking out a pen) Uh no, but they will in a minute.
Dr. Ben Sobel: Oh, and let me guess what it says? "Life is bullshit, I can't fucking take it no more! Signed, the Dead Guy."
Jelly: Hey, that's good, Doc.

Boss Paul Vitti: Hey, I got news for you, you little two-bit prick, son-of-a-bitch, rat-bastard you did nothing for me! Whatever you did the other day didn't take! I'm still fucked up! You did fucking NOTHING for me!
Dr. Ben Sobel: Hey, what do you expect? I saw you for five minutes! I can't work miracles, Mr. Vitti! And let me tell you something, I do not appreciate it when someone sneaks into my hotel room and kidnaps me in the middle of the night. I have a life, Mr. Viti, I have a family, and I have a serious practice, and I don't have time for your BULLSHIT...! That got away from me at the end there.

Dr. Ben Sobel: What happened with your wife last night?
Boss Paul Vitti: I wasn't with my wife, I was with my girlfriend.
Dr. Ben Sobel: Are you having marriage problems?
Boss Paul Vitti: No.
Dr. Ben Sobel: Then why do you have a girlfriend?
Boss Paul Vitti: What, are you gonna start moralizing on me?
Dr. Ben Sobel: No, I'm not, I'm just trying to understand, why do you have a girlfriend?
Boss Paul Vitti: I do things with her I can't do with my wife.
Dr. Ben Sobel: Why can't you do them with your wife?
Boss Paul Vitti: Hey! That's the mouth she kisses my kids goodnight with! What are you, crazy?

Michael Sobel: Was that really Paul Vitti?
Dr. Ben Sobel: Well, I didn't ask to see his Mafia decoder ring, but yes.

Boss Paul Vitti: I couldn't get it up last night
Dr. Ben Sobel: You mean sexually?
Boss Paul Vitti: No, I mean for the big game against Michigan State. Of course sexually! What the fuck's the matter with you?

[Vitti is trying to forgive Primo for attempting to whack him.]
Boss Paul Vitti: And hopefully, hopefully... if you make one more move on me, you motherfucker, I'll fuckin' cut your fuckin' balls off and shove 'em up your fuckin' ass. I'll fuckin' bury you! I'm gonna stick ice picks in your eyes and send 'em to your family so they can eat them for dessert!
Primo: Hey, Paul.
Boss Paul Vitti: What?
Primo: Fuck you.
Boss Paul Vitti: (throws down phone) You motherfucker!

Dr. Ben Sobel: You don't hear the word "no" very often, do you?
Boss Paul Vitti: I hear it all the time, but usually its, "No, please, no, no!"
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