High Anxiety 1977

High Anxiety

Critics Consensus

Uneven but hilarious when it hits, this spoof of Hitchcock movies is a minor classic in the Mel Brooks canon.

72%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 29

67%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 15,271

Where to watch

Show all services

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

High Anxiety Photos

Movie Info

Just after becoming the director of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) is greeted by a series of mysterious events. When his colleagues -- including the militaristic and mustachioed Nurse Diesel (Cloris Leachman) -- become leery of his questions, they accuse him of murder. Thorndyke's own mental health comes into question as he struggles to clear his name in the midst of a crippling bout of a condition known as "high anxiety."

Cast & Crew

Mel Brooks
Richard H. Thorndyke
Madeline Kahn
Victoria Brisbane
Cloris Leachman
Nurse Diesel
Harvey Korman
Dr. Charles Montague
Howard Morris
Professor Lilloman
Dick Van Patten
Dr. Wentworth
Jack Riley
The Desk Clerk
Charlie Callas
Cocker Spaniel
Ron Clark
Zachary Cartwright
Mel Brooks
Screenwriter
Ron Clark
Screenwriter
Rudy De Luca
Screenwriter
Barry Levinson
Screenwriter
John Morris
Original Music
Paul Lohmann
Cinematographer
John C. Howard
Film Editor
Peter Wooley
Production Design
Show all Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for High Anxiety

Critic Reviews for High Anxiety

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (8)

Audience Reviews for High Anxiety

  • May 14, 2012
    As average a comedy as you can get. The comedy is really hit and miss in this movie, probably misses far more often. But it's never bad by any means and it's, very obviously, a loving spoof of Hitchcock's films. Of course it goes without saying that this movie NEVER reaches the true greatness of Young Frankenstein but it was unrealistic to expect this movie to be as good. It is NOT unrealistic, however, to expect this movie to be good. Sadly it is a disappointingly average movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2012
    Dr. Charles Montague: Enjoy yourself, for God's sake! Get your mind off the Wentworth murder... Accident! Accident!  "A Psycho-Comedy" High Anxiety is a really stupid, moderately funny Hitchcock spoof. This isn't one of Mel Brooks better films. It doesn't touch his classics like Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein, but it is much better than his bottom dweller Dracula: Dead and Loving It. This one works just enough for me because of the subject matter. I am a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan; just like everyone else who is familiar with his work. So a spoof of some of his most legendary films and scenes was, at the very least, going to be interesting. While I think Brooks could have done a much better job with the material, it was still decent enough.  The highlights of the film are two scenes that are reenacted from two different Hitchcock films. The first being the shower scene from Psycho and the second being the birds landing behind the woman from The Birds. Both brilliant scenes are taken and used in the most ridiculous context imaginable. Watch the scenes and you'll know what I mean. They definitely aren't smart comedy, but smart comedy was never what Brooks was selling; and that's what makes him such a genius I guess. This should be good enough if you are a fan of Brooks' brand of comedy. It would also help if you are familiar with Hitchcock because if not, a lot of the references and comedy will be lost on you. Still it's a little disappointing just because I wanted a Young Frankenstein caliber film from Brooks when he was working with Hitchcock's films as his material. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2012
    High Anxiety is a wonderful Mel brooks film. It wasn't one of those where you were cracking up the whole time (which people expect from a Mel Brooks movie) but it was one of those that had a lot of witty quotes and one of the best Story lines you've seen in a Brooks film
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Another hilarious spoof comedy from Brooks, this one spoofs Hitchcock's films, and it's very effective. If you like Brook's films, check it out.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

High Anxiety Quotes

Movie & TV guides