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Analyze This is a 1999 American-Australian gangster 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 his psychiatrist. A sequel, Analyze That, was released in 2002.

Analyze This
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarold Ramis
Produced byPaula Weinstein
Jane Rosenthal
Screenplay byKenneth Lonergan
Peter Tolan
Harold Ramis
Story byKenneth Lonergan
Peter Tolan
Music byHoward Shore
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Edited byCraig P. Herring
Christopher Tellefsen
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Roadshow Entertainment(Australia & New Zealand)
Release date
  • March 5, 1999 (1999-03-05)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$30-80 million[1][2]
Box office$176.9 million[1]



Mob boss Paul Vitti and his consigliere Dominic are discussing an upcoming meeting and the Mafia's present-day problems. Just as Dominic warns Vitti to look out for Primo Sindone (an up-and-coming mafioso who wants to be capo di tutti capi), gunmen drive past and kill Dominic. Vitti only barely survives.

Psychiatrist Ben Sobel is dealing with his own problems: his son from his first marriage listens to his sessions, his patients are not challenging enough, and his wedding to Laura MacNamara is coming soon. Sobel rear-ends a car belonging to Vitti and the trunk opens, revealing a man bound and gagged inside, which Sobel and his son do not notice. Jelly, one of Vitti's men, takes the blame, but Sobel gives Jelly his business card in case he changes his mind about compensation.

During a meeting, Vitti suffers a panic attack and tells Jelly that he needs to see a psychiatrist, but it has to be kept a secret. Jelly recommends Sobel. Vitti visits Sobel, claiming his friend needs therapy, but Sobel sees through the ruse and realizes Vitti is talking about himself, impressing Vitti enough to want to see him whenever necessary, to Sobel's chagrin. Sobel goes to Miami for his wedding and Vitti, Jelly, and the crew follow. Vitti explains he has been suffering from erectile dysfunction and Sobel suggests the source of the problem might be stress.

The next day Vitti has another panic attack and requests to see Sobel. Vitti explains his history with his father to Sobel, who thinks this might have something to do with Vitti's problems. The wedding is interrupted when an assassin is killed by one of Vitti's men. Sobel confronts Vitti and argues with him until he becomes angry. Sobel suggests he resolve his anger by calling Sindone and telling him how he feels. Vitti phones Sindone and starts by telling him how he feels but ends up threatening to kill him.

Sobel and his family return to New York, where they find a fountain in their garden, a gift from Vitti. The FBI arrive and request Sobel inform on Vitti, but he refuses despite the FBI's threats. He changes his mind when the FBI play a tape in which Vitti reveals his intention to kill Sobel after the meeting (which the FBI had altered; Vitti was actually saying he would kill anyone who harmed Sobel). At his next meeting with Vitti, Sobel wears a wire, but throws it away when he learns that, as a child, Vitti saw his father murdered. Vitti, informed that Sobel was working with the FBI, takes him to a secluded place to kill him. Sobel and Vitti get into an argument, and Vitti breaks down as he admits that he blames himself for his father's death. Just then, two hitmen arrive to kill Vitti, but Jelly kills them both. Vitti apologizes for planning to kill Sobel, and the two reconcile.

The day of the meeting arrives, but Vitti has another panic attack. Jelly interrupts Sobel's wedding, requesting Sobel attend the meeting as Vitti's consigliere. Sobel is initially nervous, but his self-confidence grows to the point that he begins to patronize Primo until Primo finally pulls a gun. Vitti arrives, orders Primo to stand down, and announces he knows a traitor in his own family killed Dominic, but will not seek revenge and instead retire from the Mafia. Outside, a standoff ensues between Vitti's and Primo's men, during which Sobel takes a bullet intended for Vitti. The FBI intervenes, the mobsters are arrested, and Sobel is taken to the hospital.

Sobel visits Vitti in prison and Vitti thanks Sobel for his help before informing him that Sindone is dead. At home, Sobel dances with his new wife as Tony Bennett serenades them.



Box officeEdit

Analyse This opened in 2,518 theaters and earned an average of $7,017 per location, for an estimated $18 million opening weekend, putting it at number 1 at the box office for that weekend, exceeding the $13 million debut of City Slickers.[3] The opening weekend audience skewed older, 75% were 25 or older, with audiences demographics being 54% female to 46% male.[3] The film went on to earn $107 million at the domestic box office and a further $70 million at the international box office for a worldwide total of $177 million[1]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 69% approval rating from 103 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5 out of 10. The website's consensus states: "Analyze This is a satisfying comedy with great performances by De Niro and Crystal."[4] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100 based on 30 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[5] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade A-.[6]

Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. Ebert says a movie like this will be thought of in terms of the two lead actors, but praised Joe Viterelli for his subtle performance that holds the film together.[7]


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  3. ^ a b Andrew Hindes (7 March 1999). "Adults take to 'This', Teens steer 'Cruel' to No. 2". Variety.
  4. ^ "Analyze This". Rotten Tomatoes. 27 April 2018. Archived from the original on 27 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Analyze This". Metacritic. 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ ANALYZE THIS (1999) CinemaScore
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