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

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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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