Film: The President's Analyst

A satirical 1967 film starring James Coburn as Dr. Sidney Schaefer, who is recruited to be the eponymous individual; the stress of the job soon sends him on the run, with the knowledge gained from his sessions making him the target of every intelligence agency on the planet. Not to mention the most sinister and feared entity of all: T.P.C.


Contains examples of:

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: The movie is packed full of zaniness and ridiculous over-the-top satire, but it opens with a an emotional, painful monologue from Godfrey Cambridge about a childhood experience with racism.
  • Affably Evil: The Phone Company and most of the secret agents in the movie are actually quite friendly people. Ruthless, but friendly.
  • Canada, Eh?: Every intelligence agency.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Once the final villain is revealed, go back and watch the movie again: Much of the seemingly random events that drive the plot will make perfect sense.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: Inverted. The names were changed because the FBI didn't like how they were portrayed in the film.
  • Creepy Monotone: Arlington Hewes , president of The Phone Company, speaks in a measured, friendly, even-tempered tone that stays disturbingly constant even as the situation starts getting tense. Turns out he's an animatronic robot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The two FBR agents sent to kill our hero, one of whom is enormously bitter over the other being given a license to kill.
  • Eagleland: Gleefully, enjoyably Type I.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: And it's about how the psychoses of everyone else around him - from the President on down - is driving the analyst crazy.
  • Faceless Eye: A now-deleted scene.
  • Fictional Counterpart: The US Government spy-agencies are renamed. The head of the "FBR" is named Lux, after a then-popular brand of vacuum cleaner (a Stealth Pun on the name Hoover).
  • Government Agency of Fiction / Fun with Acronyms: The "CEA" and "FBR".note 
  • Hypocritical Humor: William Daniels as the "liberal" Everyman, as just one example.
    The Bullocks? Next door? Real fascists. They should be gassed.
  • Invisible President: Schaefer is depicted leaving the President's office or room, but is never seen inside with the man.
  • The Men in Black: The FBR agents sent to kill our hero.
  • Milkman Conspiracy: The ultimate villains and greatest threat? TPC: The Phone Company.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The fake Beatles in one sequence.
  • Only Sane Man: Schaefer, and even he starts to lose his grip at times.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Schaefer blacks out at one point, just catching a glimpse of his girlfriend unexpectedly brandishing a gun; when he comes to, he's not sure it actually happened.
  • Phone Booth: Schaefer gets kidnapped by The Phone Company while trying to use one. They load the whole booth with him in it onto one of their trucks.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: FBR agents display a little bit of this.
  • Properly Paranoid: Everyone is spying on everyone else. The trick is not minding it.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The main CIA and KGB agents are good pals. They also figure out they have a common enemy: the Phone Company.
  • Rogue Agent: Kropotkin is supposed to capture Sidney but ends up rescuing him.
  • Single Issue Psychology: Schaefer analyzes Kropotkin's problems as stemming from his unacknowledged hatred of his own father.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Played straight but then subverted by the Ambiguous Ending where the analyst and all the other major characters seem happily oblivious that they're still being watched by the Phone Company.
  • The Sixties: The movie hits pretty much every possible stereotype of the era, from
  • Slipping a Mickey: Our hero has this done to him at one point, during the "acid trip" sequence.