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Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  10 August 1970 (USA)
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A housewife with an abusive husband has an affair with a writer.

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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 ...
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Women's lib girl (as Allison Mills)
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Himself... guitarist for the Alice Cooper band
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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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Jonathan Balser: How about a little roll in the hay?
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Experiments in editing
16 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are two different versions of this movie, one for t.v. and one on video. They're both the same length, but they are incredibly different in tone. On t.v., the movie is about a harried housewife who has a brief (mostly offscreen) affair as part of her attempt to make sense of her life. On video, the movie is a dark portrayal of an illicit affair, emphasizing the sexual dysfunctions of everyone involved. If one reads the book, it is clear that both versions are unsatisfying--the best solution is a "Director's Cut," like the one I made on my own, that incorporates all the scenes and brings the running time up to a tolerable 2 hrs even. This makes it an almost perfect adaptation of the book, and a very fulfilling movie. Here's hoping someone, someday, has the sense to release this great old film on DVD this way.

Career-defining roles for Carrie Snodgrass, Richard Benjamin and Frank Langella, as well as a wonderful blend of humor and drama.

And the little brats are just great: "Why, even the salad isn't normal--mooky oranges and cut up plants!"


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