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A Fine Madness
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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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Sean Connery Shows His Versatility See more (19 total) »

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)
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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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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

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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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Sean Connery Shows His Versatility, 31 August 1998
Author: Pem from Arlington, Virginia

This nicely done adaptation of Eliot Baker's comedic novel (screenplay by the author himself) displays Sean Connery at his versatile finest. In the midst of his "Bond" persona (two years after "Goldfinger") Connery gives a brilliant, anti-typical performance as Samson, a poet to whom art is everything, and the polite fictions and civilities of society nothing. As a man, he is rude, crude, sexist and insensitive to the feelings of everyone, including himself. He is a monster in the mode of Gully Jimson [ "A Horse's Mouth" (1958)] or the real-life Dylan Thomas. A genius whose talent is little recognized, the poet reacts violently to the humdrum restraints of a culture that considers genius anti-social. That underlying tension, and his penchant for enjoying every attractive woman who happens to be in the vicinity, get him classified as a psychotic and put on the fast-track schedule for a pre-frontal lobotomy. Connery's talent and charm save this very funny movie from the somewhat offensive obnoxiousness of its hero, and clinch its optimistic argument about the ultimate triumph of artistic greatness. Also, don't miss the lovely performance by Coleen Dewhurst as a psychiatrist-seductress.

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