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The President's Analyst

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Theodore J. Flicker

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About the Movie

The President's Analyst is James Coburn, whose position makes him privy to any number of delicate government secrets. Thus Coburn becomes a most desirable prize for several secret-agent organizations, including the CEA and the FBR (we know who these folks are really supposed to be, even though the phony names were crudely dubbed onto the soundtrack after the film was completed). When Coburn becomes expendable, he finds a pair of strong allies in the form of likeable political assassin Godfrey Cambridge and gay Soviet spy Severn Darden. The main plot involves an insidious, unnamed concern that wishes to harness Coburn's talents in order to brainwash the president — and everyone else in America — into submission. The President's Analyst is a terrific, on-target satire of virtually every sacred cow of the late 1960's; the satire was so potent, in fact, that when the NBC network broadcast the film in the early 1970's, it was compelled to remove the picture's punchline.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 20
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The President's Analyst is a superior satire on some sacred cows, principally the lightly camouflaged FBI, hippies, psychiatry, liberal and conservative politics -- and the telephone company. – Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Theodore Flicker's genial exercise in comic paranoia re-emerges, for no apparent reason, a reasonably fit and funny artifact from the age of grooviness. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 4, 2008

Fresh: Writer and director Theodore Flicker's satire is modern and biting, and there are many fine, subtle touches in the film. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A work of art

This could possibly be the most accurate film on the intelligence community ever made...

Gotta love James Coburn's famous grin

I like the way that actor smiles a lot in this movie

A Real “Killer” B Movie (one of 237!)

This review is an excerpt from my book “Killer B’s: The 237 Best Movies On Video You’ve (Probably) Never Seen,” which is available as an ebook on iBooks. If you enjoy this review, there are 236 more like it in the book (plus a whole lot more). Check it out!
THE PRESIDENT’S ANALYST: If this movie had remade in the mid-’90s, the villain would probably have been The Cable Company. If remade today, the villain would probably be [REDACTED] or [YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT]. (I can say no more...) When it was produced, in between the Warren Commission and Watergate, this brilliant film was a comic cross-section of contemporary culture; a spoof of spies (Bond), acid-head hippies (’67 was the Summer of Love) and suburban insanity (the Quantrills).
Today, it’s a time capsule—yet still an oddly prescient movie, in this NSA-fueled age of ubiquitous surveillance. Whatever its politics, it’s still an enormously funny film for Luddites of any era, and a sure cure for paranoia. And Coburn is a delight as the reluctant hero whose only defensive weapons are his insight into human nature and his wall-to-wall smile.

The President's Analyst
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2004

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