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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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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 (as The Alice Cooper Band)
Neal Smith ...
Himself (as 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! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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10 August 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diario de una esposa desesperada  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which Alice Cooper tore open pillows and threw the feathers (in addition to bottles of champagne and fire extinguishers) all over the crowd was not spur of the moment or intended just for the film. This was the band's famous gimmick at the beginning, whatever objects they found, they used on each other and the audience. This gimmick was one that earned them the infamous reputation not too long before as "chicken killers". This was probably why Frank Perry asked them to do the movie. See more »

Quotes

Tina Balser: [hysterical] What have I got twisted?
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Connections

Referenced in Empty Nest: Diary of a Mad Housewife (1993) See more »

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Ride With Me Baby
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A bit of Rock and roll trivial history
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Singer songwriter Neil Young was watching this very movie on TV in the early seventies. He fell in love with Carrie Snodgrass,eventually meeting her and having a son with her. They never married. The incident was immortalized in song on his legendary Harvest album in 1972. The song is entitled A Man Needs A Maid . The last verse tells the story: "A while ago somewhere I don't know when I was watching a movie with a friend. I fell in love with the actress. She was playing a part that I could understand.

A maid. A man needs a maid. A maid." Lyrics by Neil Young Because of this song I searched out the movie and just loved it. When will it be issued on DVD. After reading the review by the experiment in editing guy, I would just love to see his version. I am not sure which version I saw. I think it was the darker version.


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