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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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A Peculiar Combination Of James Bond And Ralph Kramden 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)

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:
Knocker:[to Koocker] I can't write poetry in jail. I've tried!See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Peculiar Combination Of James Bond And Ralph Kramden, 7 January 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

A Fine Madness marks Sean Connery's venture into screen comedy and while the man has had many funny moments in his film, comedy was not his strong suit. Ironically he's cast opposite Joanne Woodward who as we know was married to someone who many critics also said was not at his best in comedy.

Whatever else is wrong with A Fine Madness I have always loved Connery's character name, Samson Shillitoe. One of the best screen names ever invented and so right for a would be poet.

Samson for Connery is a peculiar combination of James Bond and Ralph Kramden with Joanne Woodward as his long suffering Alice. This lout is also a chick magnet in the James Bond tradition, though God knows why. He's suffering writer's block and can't seem to finish this epic poem he's trying to write. He also has a process server in John Fiedler chasing him down for back alimony to a former wife.

Woodward puts him in the hands of psychiatrist Patrick O'Neal who claims he can cure creative people of their hangups so they can do their thing. Connery proves an interesting case however to O'Neal's colleagues, Colleen Dewhurst, Jon Lormer, Werner Peters, and especially Clive Revill who's developed a modified lobotomy that can really cure anti-social behavior. You'll find few screen characters as anti-social as Samson Shillitoe. He's also of interest to O'Neal's wife Jean Seberg who just plain ain't getting any lately.

There are some funny moments in A Fine Madness, but ultimately I found it unsatisfying. When all's said and done, though Ralph Kramden threatened many times to bang/zoom Alice to the moon, he never really did. Connery has battered Woodward and quite frankly she's a battered spouse. Why she puts up with him is beyond me completely.

And I'm surprised that this script didn't offend Joanne Woodward's feminist soul. She did the thing though to an unsatisfactory conclusion.

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