Among Robert De Niro’s storied filmography, 1999’s Analyze This is often overshadowed by Casino, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, and even, ugh, Meet the Fockers. Perhaps seeing the mighty Jake LaMotta or the sinister Travis Bickle take a turn as an insecure mob boss was just too great a departure for some audiences. Did no else see Midnight Run?!
Luckily, someone found the solution to really help drive home De Niro’s decidedly stellar performance as a weepy mafioso: give it a Prince soundtrack. That’s right, someone took the Purple Paladin’s new single “The Breakdown” and paired it with one of the film’s several crying scenes, complete with on-screen lyrics to give it that ’80s music video feel. Whether an official Prince-sanctioned clip or the work of some savvy fan, the result is the same: all the comedy’s been sucked right out, leaving an actually touching moment and a poignant reflection on human frailty. Actually, it’s still really hilarious, if only cause De Niro’s crying face looks exactly like his “fuhgettaboutit” face.
Watch it below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go try the same idea with Ronin and Heat.
(Note: The password is “breakdown”)
“The Breakdown” is the first single Prince released under a new deal with Warner Bros. Later this year, Prince plans to release a new studio album, along with a 30th anniversary reissue of the seminal Purple Rain. What’s more, he promises a “veritable goldmine” of unreleased music.