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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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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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Michael Bruce ...
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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10 August 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diario de una esposa desesperada  »

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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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I've known a man who is just like Jonathan.
25 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

With the feminist movement on the rise, they obviously had to make a movie about a woman in an abusive relationship, and "Diary of a Mad Housewife" does a good job with it. Tina Balser's (Carrie Snodgress, RIP) husband Jonathan (Richard Benjamin) is the biggest jerk in the world. Any bad qualities that a person could have, you can bet money that Jonathan has them. So, Tina starts having an affair with George Prager (Frank Langella), only to find out his secret.

As it is, I've actually known a man who is almost exactly like Jonathan. To avoid any lawsuits, I won't say his name, but he is one creepy person. This movie could almost be based on him (but obviously it's not). A really good movie, even if it is a little dated.


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