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23 September 1966 (Finland) See more »
We should all be so crazy. See more »
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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Fun social satire made redundant by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest See more (20 total) »


  (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:
Walter Bacon ... Waiter at Luncheon (uncredited)
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)
Mike Morelli ... Cook (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
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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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 »
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 »
Knocker:[to Koocker] I can't write poetry in jail. I've tried!See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fun social satire made redundant by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 3 May 2012
Author: Dave from Ottawa from Canada

The idea that free-spirited creativity is a social disorder that must be cured by a well-meaning but thoroughly incompetent psychiatric establishment is the theme here, and one quite familiar to anybody who has seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Sean Connery was a great choice to play a blocked, womanizing writer at the core of the drama and he centers the film with his amiable exuberance. Comparisons to Cuckoo's Nest are inevitable, and this film lacks the other's stifling power and resonance, but it shares a common vision of the psychiatric profession acting as a microcosm of authoritarian abuses in society at large. Still, this is a funny and charming, much lighter satire on the same subject, energetically directed by Irvin Kirschner, and enjoyable for Connery fans in any case.

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