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Director:
Writers:
Elliott Baker (screenplay)
Elliott Baker (based upon the novel by)
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Release Date:
23 September 1966 (Finland) See more »
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Tagline:
We should all be so crazy. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Samson Shillitoe

Joanne Woodward ... Rhoda Shillitoe

Jean Seberg ... Lydia West

Patrick O'Neal ... Dr. Oliver West

Colleen Dewhurst ... Dr. Vera Kropotkin

Clive Revill ... Dr. Menken
Werner Peters ... Dr. Freddie Vorbeck

John Fiedler ... Daniel K. Papp
Kay Medford ... Mrs. Fish

Jackie Coogan ... Mr. Fitzgerald
Zohra Lampert ... Evelyn Tupperman

Sorrell Booke ... Leonard Tupperman
Sue Ane Langdon ... Miss Walnicki
Bibi Osterwald ... Mrs. Fitzgerald
Mabel Albertson ... Chairwoman
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Chester Quirk - Policeman
James Millhollin ... Rollie Butter
Jon Lormer ... Dr. Huddleson
Harry Bellaver ... Knocker
Ayllene Gibbons ... Clubwoman
Bernie Meyer ... Jago

Richard S. Castellano ... Arnold

Renée Taylor ... Myrna - Streetwalker
Dorothea MacFarland ... Streetwalker
Sean Keeping ... Dana Tupperman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Bain ... Bibman (uncredited)
Fay Bernardi ... Ugly Woman (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Miss Buehler (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Rhoda's Boss (uncredited)
Calvin Brown ... Boxer in Gym (uncredited)
Ron Burke ... Attendant (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Nurse (uncredited)
Phyllis Coghlan ... Mrs. Smeeton (uncredited)
Kevin Cooper ... Scott (uncredited)
William J. Daprato ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Diane Deering ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nora Denney ... Waitress (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Mr. Smeeton (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Waiter at Luncheon (uncredited)

Sandra Lee Gimpel ... Secretary (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Customer (uncredited)
Roland La Starza ... Angie - Sparrer (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Gym Attendant (uncredited)

Fred Lerner ... Technician (uncredited)
Louise Lorimer ... Clubwoman at Luncheon (uncredited)
Jean Moore ... Lab Assistant (uncredited)
George N. Neise ... Television Interviewer (uncredited)

Maidie Norman ... Waitress (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Luncheon (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... E.L. Bingham (uncredited)
Joyce Perry ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Bibman (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Delicassen Customer (uncredited)

Peg Shirley ... Waitress (uncredited)
Charles Smith ... Mr. Lookoff - Junior Executive (uncredited)
Judith Stoner ... Secretary (uncredited)
Éva Szörényi ... Ava (uncredited)
John Truax ... Customer (uncredited)
Rosetta Veneziano ... Mrs. Agajanian (uncredited)
Helen Verbit ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Welch ... Panhandler (uncredited)

Directed by
Irvin Kershner 
 
Writing credits
Elliott Baker (screenplay)

Elliott Baker (based upon the novel by)

Produced by
Jerome Hellman .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Addison 
 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord 
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Poplin 
 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... hair styles supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ward Preston .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett A. Hughes .... sound
 
Stunts
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Nancy Erickson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Vance .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank J. Calabria .... additional photographer (uncredited)
John M. Stephens .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Billy May .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Doris DeHerdt .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Jean Shepherd .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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104 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Samson Shillitoe:[to the irate members of the women's club] Spine snappers! You don't want my poetry. You want my liver!See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One Flew Under the Cuckoo's Nest, 4 July 2010
Author: Jay Raskin from Orlando, United States

Sean Connery did make about half a dozen excellent non-James Bond Films. This is not one of them. They include "The Man Who Would Be King," "Robin and Mariam," "The Name of the Rose," "The Untouchables," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." He is 80 years old now, and it would be nice if the Motion Picture Academy honored him with a lifetime achievement award (as the American Film Institute did in 2006).

Here's the positive side. There are some pretty shots of New York City circa 1966, giving the film a bit of a Neil Simon-Woody Allen look. The first half hour is fine. We get a good introduction of the characters. Connery messing up a Lady's Club invitation to read his poetry is not as funny as it should have been, but is the funniest scene in the film.

Unfortunately the film goes nowhere after that. There's no character development and almost every comedy bit and scene falls flat. Many scenes are punctuated and underscored by loud, energetic music. This seems to be done on purpose to distract the audience from thinking, "What? Why is that supposed to be funny?"

The name of Connery's character is Samson Shillitoe. I assume that the name has something to do with the famous writer Stirling Silliphant. I'm not sure if the character had anything to do with the man.

I do think Sean Connery and Joanne Woodward deserve some credit for developing their characters as much as they do. They are working hard, one might say frantically, to make something out of the script. Everybody else, including Jean Seberg, Patrick O'Neil, Coleen Dewhurst and Zohra Lampert are wasted in non-roles that should have been played by less talented actors.

Altogether, not an enjoyable film, but possibly worth a look as an example of a bad New York City mid-60's comedy. It'll make you appreciate "Barefoot in the Park" that much more.

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