“ Genre: Crime & Thriller - Thriller / Theatrical Release: 1992 / Director: Phil Joanou / Actors: Richard Gere, Kim Basinger ... / DVD released 22 November, 1999 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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I am one of those girls who like Richard Gere, particularly in his early days. I watched this movie quite recently at a friend's house. It was a DVD, but we went straight for the movie, so I am not sure if there are any special features on the DVD. This is a thriller and it is located in California, primarily in San Francisco. Richard is a psycho, called isaac, who gets closer to Kim Basinger (Heather in the movie). Heather is the wife of a powerful mafia man, but she is not happy. You can already guess who will make her happy in the end, and yes, I am not talking about the milkman, nor the postman! There is surely something taken from Hitchcock in this movie and it is a slow moving movie, although never boring. I liked the way the psycho becmes less and less naive as the plot develops. I am not going to give away the end. A good movie for sure.
The DVD features really don't exist on this DVD. You can jump to 37 different scenes and change the language to English or French, that are the only features. Then it is only in English and French Dolby Surround Sound, No Dolby 5.1 or DTS. We had to turn up the sound to hear it better, not the best sound quality. The movie on the other hand had some good plots and twists that will make you think. There is some slight nudity, it is Rated R and is 125 Minutes long. The movie is in the standard TV format, it has been formatted to fit your screen. The director for the film is Phil Joanou. The Stars The five stars listed below all do an excellent and superb job on their parts and in the movie. Richard Gere as Isaac Barr the psychiatrist that has all the answers. Uma Thurman as Diana Baylor is the patient that Isaac Barr is trying to figure out. Kim Basinger as Heather Evans the sister of Diana Baylor. Eric Roberts as Jimmy Evans the crazy mobster type husband of Heather Evans. Keith David as Detective Huggins that will not give up. The Movie The background for the movie is San Francisco and there is some nice scenery of the Golden Gate Bridge and a nice lighthouse next to the bridge. The movie is about two sisters and the plot to kill Jimmy Evans and the deception the two sisters provide. Isaac Barr is a well-known and highly respected psychiatrist in San Francisco. Detective Huggins doesn't have the respect for Isaac since he and his lawyer friend have ways to get some criminals off by offering psychiatric help to them in the court system. Now Isaac has a patient, Diana Baylor, with some mixed emotion because her father raped her. Diana brings in her sister, Heather Evans, because she is suppose to have more information that Diana cannot remember. Isaac meets Heather and the next thing you know, Isaac breaks his professional ethics of getting involved with a client, they have an affair. Next thing you know they are starting to fall in love with each other. The whole time Isaac knows that she is married. Meanwhile Jimmy and Heather Evans are dinning out and Heather drinks some wine and it makes her go wild. Jimmy ends up taking her to the hospital and they explain that alcohol gives her an intoxication that makes her wild and then she cannot remember what she has done. One night Heather was feeling sick so she started drinking a cold medicine straight out of the bottle not realizing that it has alcohol in it. Well she gets out of control and hits Jimmy several times with a hand barbell and he dies from this. Now Isaac has to help her, so he gets his lawyer friend to prove that she was under intoxication and she did not remember killing her husband. She is found not guilty and has to go to a psychiatric hospital for evaluations before she could be freed. Well Isaac figures out that Diana and Heather plotted all this so they could get rid of Jimmy Evans. Now the plot thickens because Isaac confronts Heather about it and the black mail begins because she has Isaac's finger prints on the murder weapon and the police never recovered it. My Last Words There are a few more plots and twists before the movie is over, I don't want to give it all away. I want you to watch Final Analysis. This is not the best movie in the world but it is worth watching.
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. --NF Mendoza