Release date1987 (1987) WriterChristopher Durang (screenplay), Robert Altman (screenplay), Christopher Durang (based on the play by) Music directorGabriel Yared, George Gershwin CastJulie Hagerty (Prudence), Jeff Goldblum (Bruce), Glenda Jackson (Charlotte), Tom Conti (Stuart), Christopher Guest (Bob), Geneviève Page (Zizi) Similar moviesRelated Robert Altman movies
Beyond therapy trailer 1987
Beyond Therapy is a 1987 American comedy film written and directed by Robert Altman, based on the play of the same name by Christopher Durang.
The film focuses on Prudence and Bruce, two Manhattanites who are seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their respective psychiatrists, lecherous Stuart and scatterbrained Charlotte, each of whom suggests the patient place a personal ad. Their first meeting proves to be a disaster, but when they reunite sparks begin to fly. Complications ensue when bisexual Bruce's jealous live-in lover Bob decides to assert himself and do everything possible to maintain his status quo.
Julie Hagerty as Prudence
Jeff Goldblum as Bruce
Glenda Jackson as Charlotte
Tom Conti as Stuart
Christopher Guest as Bob
Geneviève Page as Zizi
Cris Campion as Andrew
Sandrine Dumas as Cindy
Bertrand Bonvoisin as Le Gérant
Nicole Evans as The Cashier
Louis-Marie Taillefer as Le Chef
Matthew Leonard-Lesniak as Mr. Bean
Laure Killing as Charlie
According to Durang, both he and Altman wrote separate screenplays. Ultimately, Durang's script was rewritten substantially by Altman with Durang later describing the project as "a very unhappy experience and outcome."
Despite its New York City setting, the film was made in Paris, where director Robert Altman was living at the time.