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Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)

R  |   |  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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Credited 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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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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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Referenced in Desires of the Devil (1971) See more »

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Ride With Me Baby
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User Reviews

A Lost Gem!
13 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Carrie Snodgress (a very unattractive name for, at least in THIS film, an attractive woman) gives one of the great, edgy film performances of the early 70's. The early 70's seems to be when some of the best films in recent years were made. This story of a bored housewife in New York who has an affair with a young Frank Langella is rarely seen on TV but you should rent it as soon as possible and witness some great movie entertainment. Frank also gives one of his best performances in this. As a matter of fact, Frank, Carrie and Richard Benji haven't really made a film anywhere near as good as this since. Its been all downhill for the three of them since. Hopefully their careers will have good third acts, ya dig?


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