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Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)

A housewife with an abusive husband has an affair with a writer.

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Cast

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George Prager
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Lorraine Cullen ...
Sylvie Balser
Frannie Michel ...
Liz Balser
Lee Addoms ...
Mrs. Prinz
Peter Dohanos ...
Samuel Keefer
Katherine Meskill ...
Charlotte Rady
Leonard Elliott ...
M. Henri
Valma ...
Margo
Hilda Haynes ...
Lottie
Donald Symington ...
Pediatrician (as Don Symington)
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Women's lib girl (as Allison Mills)
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Himself
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Michael Bruce ...
Himself... guitarist for the Alice Cooper band
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Storyline

Tina Balser is a bored New York housewife-mother married to Jonathan, a pompous, social-climbing lawyer who ridicules her in front of their children, criticizing everything she does or wears. She begins an affair with George Prager, a dashing, successful and blatantly sadistic writer. Finally after George has tormented Tina in much the same manner Jonathan has, and has been unfaithful to boot, she goes back to her husband and begins group therapy. Written by alfiehitchie

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I, Tina Balser, Housewife, Did Not Do My Chores Today. I Did...Something Else!

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

10 August 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diario de una esposa desesperada  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Frank Langella. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Balser: How about a little roll in the hay?
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Soundtracks

Lay Down And Die Goodbye
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Performed by Alice Cooper
Written by Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce
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SIlent Reproach is Often Times a Loaded Gun!!!!!!
10 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Benjamin and Carrie Snodgress are a married couple who are plagued with the preconceived notion that a prerequisite to living in Central Park West means being content with nothing!!!...Richard Benjamin is an attorney who is floundering in his attempt to be accepted into New York's intellectual circles!!!..Carrie Snodgress is a housewife who is fatigued with domestic malaise and always seems to be the scapegoat for her husband's frustrations...As a diversion, she seeks a form of social escapism by way of a gigolo...The relationship is manifested through sophisticated encounter...The gigolo is a precocious punk who gets emotionally abusive to her...As a result the wife (Carrie Snodgress) feels more isolated and confused than ever before in her life...At the end of the film, the wife finds out that her gigolo prefers the boys, and the husband is resolutely defeated by irrational conclusions in every aspect of his life...The lavish parties, the academic pretensions, and the extensive therapy are all urban subterfuges for individual insecurity!!!

The characters and the social situations are extremely well developed, especially in that they bring out the nuances as being the true culprits for this married couple's precarious existence!!!...This film makes avoidable disappointments a very emphatic reality!!... An Excellent!!!Excellent!!!Excellent!!! Excellent Film!!!!


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