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A Fine Madness (1966)

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Samson Shillitoe, mad genius of a poet irresistible to women but plagued by writer's block, agrees to see a psychiatrist... and his beautiful wife.

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Samson Shillitoe
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Rhoda Shillitoe
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Lydia West
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Dr. Oliver West
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Dr. Vera Kropotkin
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Dr. Menken
Werner Peters ...
Dr. Freddie Vorbeck
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Daniel K. Papp
Kay Medford ...
Mrs. Fish
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Mr. Fitzgerald
Zohra Lampert ...
Evelyn Tupperman
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Leonard Tupperman
Sue Ane Langdon ...
Miss Walnicki
Bibi Osterwald ...
Mrs. Fitzgerald
Mabel Albertson ...
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Samson Shillitoe, a frustrated poet and a magnet for women, is behind in his alimony payments, and lives with Rhoda, a waitress who stands by him through all his troubles. Samson becomes belligerent when he cannot find the inspiration to finish his big poem so Rhoda tries to get him to see the psychiatrist Dr. West, who claims to be able to cure writer's block. Samson ends up being pursued by various women while trying to evade the subpoena servers and finish his poem. Written by Will Gilbert

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Any time... any place... at any game... Samson Shillitoe can out-fox them all!! See more »

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23 September 1966 (Finland)  »

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Simson ist nicht zu schlagen  »

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The scene involving a topless Sue Ane Langdon and Sean Connery near the film's beginning was the subject of a photo feature in "Playboy" magazine. See more »

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A sign in the restaurant where Rhoda works advertises "banannas"; this could be a set design error or a real sign from a location shoot. See more »

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Knocker: [to Koocker] I can't write poetry in jail. I've tried!
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Despite all - well worth a look

"A Fine Madness" despite being something of a bumpy ride won me over with its well meaning driving energy. It has a certain wild charm about it, but ultimately what really makes it worth a look is the performance of Sean Connery.

Connery clearly desperate to escape the James Bond mould takes on the role of a non conformist borderline nutcase poet with the unlikely name of Samson Shilitoe. Although this might sound like an impossible transition, Connery with his powerful presence and loads of charisma plunges into the role and turns in a riveting performance.

There's also fine support from Joanne Woodward, Colleen Dewhurst and Clive Revill. The only disappointment is Jean Seberg who seems wasted in an underwritten thankless part.

For Connery fans this is essential viewing but others too may be surprised by this somewhat beguiling movie.


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