February 14, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

Final Analysis

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
124 minutes
performer
Kim Basinger, Richard Gere, Phil Joanou, Uma Thurman, Keith David, Eric Roberts
director
Phil Joanou
distributor
Warner Bros.
genre
Mystery and Thriller

As Any Hitchcock fan will tell you, Final Analysis bears a striking resemblance to 1958’s Vertigo, from its abstract opening-credit sequence to its San Francisco setting to its dizzying denouement. But the thriller also bears less intentional similarities to a handful of other films. Indeed, almost every character seems to have wandered in out of another movie. For instance:

Dr. Isaac Baar (Richard Gere)
Role Model: Dr. Susan Lowenstein (Barbra Streisand), 1991’s The Prince of Tides.
Resemblance: A psychiatrist who falls in love with the sibling of a depressed patient after meeting with them to unravel their family’s abuse-ridden past.

Heather Evans (Kim Basinger)
Role Model: Nadia Gates (Kim Basinger), 1987’s Blind Date.
Resemblance: A seemingly sane woman who loses control of herself if she has even the slightest bit of alcohol.

Jimmy Evans (Eric Roberts)
Role Model: Paul Snider (Eric Roberts), 1983’s Star 80.
Resemblance: A sleazy, narcissistic, pathologically jealous husband who dies of a severe head wound.

Detective Huggins (Keith David)
Role Model: Detective Oscar Grace (J.A. Preston), 1981’s Body Heat.
Resemblance: A dogged black cop who is convinced that a scheming wife has duped her lover into killing her husband as part of an inheritance scam.

Mike O’Brien (Paul Guilfoyle)
Role Model: Philip Stuckey (Jason Alexander), 1990’s Pretty Woman.
Resemblance: Gere’s best pal: a runty, balding, unscrupulous lawyer who lusts after Gere’s girlfriend.

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