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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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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 (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 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

George Prager: Well what about it, you coming over?
Tina Balser: I um - I have to go to a committee meeting at my daughter's school. As a matter of fact I just on the way out the door.
George Prager: Tomorrow? Wait, tomorrow's Saturday. Monday?
Tina Balser: Monday I promised Jonathon I'd go down and pick our Christmas cards for this year.
George Prager: [exhales annoyed] Your life really is full of crap isn't it?
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Connections

Featured in Film Extra: Richard Benjamin (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Lay Down And Die Goodbye
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Performed by Alice Cooper
Written by Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce
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A delicious, biting bestseller makes for an adequate urban comedy-drama
16 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Carrie Snodgress is wistful, sad, struggling and funny playing harried NYC housewife on the verge of collapse, Richard Benjamin is her anal-attentive husband, Frank Langella her uncommitted lover. From Sue Kaufman's book--one of the funniest satiric novels of its era--comes this sometimes-surreal jumble by Frank Perry, who is so concerned with making a monster out of Benjamin's Jonathan that he in turn makes Snodgress' Tina look a little pathetic. She had much more spite and anger in the book, which does come across a few times here: throwing her ruined Thanksgiving platter against the wall, berating Jonathan for making fun of her in front of the kids, spinning away from Langella and a party buddy with a tart "charming pair..." Snodgress is really the only reason to see the film: she overcomes the knockabout structure and obvious swipes at indifferent urbanites and makes something touching out of the material. I first saw this on television and admired a couple of scenes with Snodgress and her headstrong daughters (a beauty involved smacking her kid when she deserved it, and then going to apologize). I later rented the video and found a number of those scenes missing in action. Turns out they had been added to the network version to pad the picture's length from other cuts--mostly sexual ones involving Langella. This is a first: I liked the discards much better than what ended up in the actual movie. **1/2 from ****


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