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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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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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Runtime:
104 min
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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:
Dr. Vorbeck:An American making love is like a Hungarian playing baseball.See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Best forgotten, 4 May 2010
Author: dave-sturm from Baltimore

I saw this movie when it came out. I was 17. I fancied myself a budding writer and was prepared to forgive everything poet Samson Shillitoe did because, well, he was a poet. And a genius. And, well, artists were entitled to be bastards who cheated on their wife and then beat them up when they complained. Shillitoe flouts all things middle class and bourgeois. He does not make art. He IS art. My hero.

What an idiot I was.

This is a dreadful movie. There were a lot of preposterously themed flicks in mid-Sixties American movies. This is one. I can see the pitch. "Let's make a movie about a hot-tempered madman genius poet living a Bohemian lifestyle in NYC, and who beats his wife, who falls into the clutches of effete careerist psychiatrists who believe he is a perfect candidate for a lobotomy."

Sean Connery probably agreed to do this because at the time he would take any route necessary to prove he should not condemned to play only James Bond for the rest of his career.

Why Joanne Woodward, who plays his punching bag of a wife, got on board is a mystery. Probably it was a chance to play opposite hot property Connery.

If anyone truly needed a lobotomy, it is Samson Shillitoe.

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