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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
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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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Does her anger at a domineering husband justify a wife's taking a lover? This wife was driven to find out. See more »

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R | See all certifications »
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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

The Neil Young song "A Man Needs a Maid" was inspired by Carrie Snodgress' performance in the film. Interestingly, a few months later the pair met and eventually became lovers. See more »

Quotes

Tina Balser: [hysterical] What have I got twisted?
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Ride With Me Baby
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Written by Mars Bonfire
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Insanity comes quietly to the structured mind
30 March 2003 | by (Daytona Beach, Florida) – See all my reviews

Richard Benjamin would drive anyone crazy in 'Diary of a Mad Housewife'(1970).Benjamin and wife Carrie Snodgrass are an upper- middle class New York couple, he totally absorbed with social climbing and Ms. Snodgrass bored to death with her isolated life.Director Frank Perry(David and Lisa) does an excellent job directing this sometimes funny, sometimes sad film of a materialistic, yet emotionally empty lifestyle.Script by Eleanor Perry.


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