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Though best known today for co-creating the police comedy TV series Barney Miller (1975-1982), Theodore J. “Ted” Flicker had a very diverse career. Not only he was a writer and director, but he also worked as a playwright, actor, theatrical producer, author and sculptor over the course of his career. After making his movie debut as a director with the improvisational cult film The Troublemaker (1964), Flicker was brought to Hollywood for what would become his most recognized film, The President’s Analyst (which was also the first film Robert Evans greenlit as production head of Paramount Pictures). Previously released by Paramount on DVD and on Region Free Blu-ray by Imprint, Kino has licensed the movie for its US Blu-ray debut.



The President's Analyst (1967)



Released: 21 Dec 1967
Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 103 min




Director: Theodore J. Flicker
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi...

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JoeStemme

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Theodore J. Flicker's PRESIDENT'S ANALYST is a truly unique film of the era. It features some terrific and prescient subversive material. Flicker's screenplay mixes spies, conspiracies and a dash of sci-fi in a darkly amusing paranoia stew.


The second half of the film suffers from a bit of haphazard plotting and a lack of focus (until the wonderful final act). Still a pretty amazing document. The scene where William Daniels as the well-armed "Liberal" (a stand in for the Nixon 'Silent Majority' types??) confronts the muggers is hilarious.

Hard to believe a major studio today would finance and release such a compellingly anti-corporate politically explosive film. Some terrific performances by Severn Darden, Godfrey Cambridge and a laid back James Coburn. Cult actress Jill Banner (Spider Baby) appears as 'Snow White'. Barry McGuire wrote one of the tunes and appears as a member of the band in the film. Flicker (who co-created the classic Barney Miller TV series) displays some insighful commentary - much of which remains relevant to this day.


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