Final Analysis

Synopsis: A psychiatrist (Gere) has an affair with his patient's sister (Basinger) who is married to a Greek mobster (Roberts). The mobster is a tyrant over his wife. The psychiatrist wants her to get a divorce, but she is afraid of what her husband would do. She has a medical condition that becomes apparent when she drinks. One night she drinks anyway and attacks her husband. The psychiatrist uses his professional pull to try and help her out of the consequences of her actions, but becomes uncertain if she is telling him the truth.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Phil Joanou
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

I had the dream again.

I'm arranging flowers on a table...

...for a centerpiece.

I decorate the flowerpot

with fancy paper.

It feels like velvet.

There are three

different kinds of flowers.

There are lilies...

...and there are...

Did you reach my sister?

Wait a minute.

Let's go back to the dream.

Tell me more about these flowers.

There's nothing more to tell.

Besides, aren't you gonna tell me

that we're out of time?

We have a few more minutes.

You were late today.

I'm late for everything these days.

What's making you late?

Whenever I leave my apartment, I...

...I have to go back

and make sure the stove's off.

And then after I check it...

...I make sure the pilot light didn't

blow out when I closed the oven door.

Today I went back eight times.

I didn't get to the store till 10.

What happens when you're late?

Nothing. I mean...

I don't get into trouble or anything.

My supervisor's been trying

to get a date with me.


In you?

I mean, in him?

I don't know.

It could be that... perform this ritual... order to be late... avoid a prospective lover,

or anger him.

You mean I'm passive-aggressive?

You really should talk to her.

To who?

My sister.

She says she knows some things...

...about my mother and father.

Might shed some light.

Maybe those are the things...

...we'd do best to uncover

in our work here.

You should really talk to her.

You won't regret it.


She's a very interesting girl.

Where have you been?

I had to ask the judge to break.

- My expert witness is half an hour late!

- I was with a patient.

Mr. O'Brien, you may proceed.

In addition to your private practice... are head of Forensic Psychiatry

at Overland State Hospital. Correct?

And in that capacity... evaluate and treat hundreds of

such cases like the one we have today.

We're all aware of Dr. Barr's

eminent qualifications in the field.

May we just proceed?

By all means.

I thought we were proceeding.

My client, Pepe Carrero, has confessed

to stabbing his stepfather to death.

The prosecutor...

...has taken the position...

I wanna get this right...

"Carrero is a dangerous schizophrenic,

who should be locked away... a maximum-security

state hospital. "

End quote.

My conclusion was based on the fact that

Carrero is a professional pickpocket.

He's been in and out of the system...

The question isn't whether

he's a model citizen.

He's already been found guilty.

We're here today to try to figure out

what to do with him.

Very eloquent, Mr. O'Brien.

Please continue.

Did you conduct an examination on Pepe?

Yes, I did. I saw him two hours a day

over a five-day period.

What did you find?

First of all, I find clearly,

Pepe Carrero is not a schizophrenic.

His stepfather was beating him.

And he'd been doing so routinely

over a nine-year period.

Pepe had an acute

psychological breakdown... the moment when the violence

was threatening his life.

In other words,

he was temporarily insane.


Now, as an expert in the area

of the insanity plea...

...what do you recommend we do?

A state hospital... really nothing more

than a human warehouse.

There's no therapy offered,

only chemical restraints.

Unfortunately, this will not help Pepe.

What Pepe needs is...

...a structured program

of intense psychotherapy.

Are you suggesting that the state bear

the expense of that treatment?

No, no.

If the state agrees with my diagnosis...

...I'd be happy to take on

treatment myself. Free of charge.

Why are you making such a generous

and time-consuming gesture?

This is not a gesture.

If Pepe is safe...

...then we are all safe.

Isn't that why we're here?

So I'm gonna see you in my office?

- Twice a week?

- Absolutely. Twice a week.

Thanks again, doc. I owe you one.

Stay out of trouble!

One big happy family.

You upset, detective?

Who, me? Upset?

We cops love it when a guy walks,

especially on a bullshit insanity plea.

We both know this kid's not dangerous.

There was no volition.

I've heard it all before.

If anyone should be crazy, it's me.

Watching months of work go

down the toilet because of you.

I'm sensing an ugly

hostility here, detective.

Come by the office.

We'll talk about it.

I'll tell you what.

I'll stay out of your office...

...and you stay out of mine.

I think he likes you, Isaac.

Around 6:
00, this place

is crawling with available women.

The only thing that crawls here is you.

I'm trying to give it up.

Isn't that...?

It is. Yeah...

Gee, she looks great!

What's the grace period...

...before you can ask your best friend's

ex-girlfriend for a date?

Ten, eleven years.

As they say...

If you say anything about fish

or the sea, I'm leaving. I mean it.

I was going to say, lust never sleeps.

Some folk wisdom.

Why don't I live vicariously

through your conquests?

I got a better idea.

Get out of your office and meet people.

- I meet people.

- No, no, you meet patients.

You work too damn much. Really.

I can't help it.

It's like my...

I got this uncle, right?

He used to sell shoes.

You shake hands with the guy,

he looks at your feet.

"Nice instep you got there.

What are you, a size nine?"

Same with me. He looks at shoes...

...I look at people's thoughts

to figure out what they mean.

You do this enough,

after a while people...

They stop surprising you.

I just want to be surprised, Mike.

I'm Heather Evans.

Diana's sister.

Right. Yeah.

She did say I was coming by?

I hope.

Yeah, she mentioned you might be...

...stopping by.

She felt it was important we talk.

She said you might be able to

shed some light on her family history.

Yes, maybe.

You want to sit down?

How often does this happen?


A patient's sister

coming by and talking to you.

Not very often.

Actually, never.


What exactly are you

trying to do for Diana?

I guess I'm doing what all shrinks do.

To paraphrase Freud, I'm trying... turn her neurotic misery

into general unhappiness... she can be like the rest of us.

But she's not like the rest of us.

How do you mean?

Our father...

Our mother left us

when we were very little.

And my father and Diana...

My father was...

Let's say...

...he had a lot of problems.

Your father raped Diana?


Do you think you can help us?

Yeah, I think I can.

I hope so.

Isn't she beautiful, Dr. Barr?

She said you guys met.

Yes, we did.

Compared to Heather, I always felt... a caterpillar,

creepy and crawling.

A caterpillar turns

into a butterfly, doesn't it?

Heather's the butterfly.

Isn't that obvious?

I had the dream again.

I'm arranging flowers

on a table as a centerpiece.



What was the third?

Remember what we said

about the stove ritual?

The stove ritual's over.

I haven't done it in a week.

I'm checking the gun now.

I make sure the safety's on

and that it's loaded.

Ten times every morning.

What makes you feel that you need a gun?

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Wesley Strick

Wesley Strick (born February 11, 1954) is an American screenwriter who has written such films as the comic-horror hit Arachnophobia, the Martin Scorsese remake of Cape Fear and the videogame adaptation Doom. Since 2015, Strick has worked as a writer/executive producer on The Man in the High Castle (Amazon TV series). more…

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