Sight and Sound - 09/01/2004
"James Coburn was the quintessential American actor of his day..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
With the responsibility for world peace, national debt, and dessert choices at state dinners, the President of the United States carries a heavy burden. With all that pressure, it seems like a good idea to find him an analyst. Someone to talk to. And Dr. Schaefer (James Coburn) gets the job. Unfortunately for the shrink, the more the President gets off his chest, the bigger the price on the good doctor's head. Hostile governments want Coburn captured so they can learn what secrets are confessed in the Oval Office. Friendly governments want him killed. What follows is a succession of comic near-misses.
Theodore Flicker's satirical comedy skewers Cold War politics, psychiatry, spy films, and the 1960s counterculture all in one fell swoop. When the U.S. President begins to feel overwhelmed by the duties of his job, respected psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Schaefer (James Coburn) is called in to help him relieve the stress. Schaefer soon feels the pressure of keeping all the President's secrets and decides to resign his post. When he finds himself in danger from both Soviet and American agents who want his former patient's political secrets, a comical chase ensues through the hippie subculture of 1960s America.