5.9/10
15
1 user 2 critic

A Fan's Notes (1972)

A writer has a mental breakdown, unable to deal with the society around him. Based on Frederick Exley's novel.

Director:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman lets a family friend take the blame after she accidentally runs over a man with a car.

Director: Robert B. Sinclair
Stars: Robert Cummings, Laraine Day, Jean Muir
Larceny (1948)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A con man sets out to swindle a widow out of the money she's received to build a memorial to her war-hero husband, but winds up falling in love with her instead.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: John Payne, Joan Caulfield, Dan Duryea
The Flame (1947)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman falls for the victim of an intended blackmail plot.

Director: John H. Auer
Stars: John Carroll, Vera Ralston, Robert Paige
Nero (1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Right after she moves in with him, Frederico's new girlfriend Francesca sends him back to her former boyfriend's apartment to fetch her something she forgot - but he's surprised to find him... See full summary »

Director: Giancarlo Soldi
Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Chiara Caselli, Carlo Colnaghi
Certificate: GP Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till
Stars: David Hemmings, Samantha Eggar, Emlyn Williams
Hot Millions (1968)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A paroled London fraudster poses as a computer specialist in order to work for an insurance company that entirely relies on its corporate server.

Director: Eric Till
Stars: Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Karl Malden
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A juvenile offender impresses the reform school Governor with running abilities. He is in turn given special privileges to encourage him to win a race against the local public school, but he is therefore teased his fellow rebellious peers.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage
Planetarium (2016)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

Follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Stars: Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, Louis Garrel
Annihilation (2017)
Sci-Fi | Thriller

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An American joins the British Royal Air Force just before Pearl Harbor is attacked, and falls in love with a beautiful English girl.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Robert Stack, Diana Barrymore, Jon Hall
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Hobart Henley
Stars: Dolores Costello, H.B. Warner, Warren William
Drama

An American movie star finds his correspondence with an 11-year-old actor exposed, prompting assumptions that begin to destroy his life and career.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Nicholas Hoult
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Frederick Earl Exley
Patricia Collins ...
Patience
...
Mr. Blue
...
Moms
...
Poppy
Haim Pekelis ...
Motorcyclist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Betty Blind
Douglas Campbell ...
Paddy the Duke
Ken Camroux
Allen Doremus
Weston Gavin
Linda Goranson ...
Limpid
David Hughes ...
Avalon doctor
Ken James ...
Joey, the bartender
...
Clarke Institute doctor
Edit

Storyline

A writer has a mental breakdown, unable to deal with the society around him. Based on Frederick Exley's novel.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on book | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 July 1972 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Journal d'un fan  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 800,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Fan's Notes
26 March 2009 | by (CZECH REPUBLIC) – See all my reviews

Perhaps they should have paid more attention to the script or the details in Frederick Exley's, A Fan's Notes.

Either way, you are on your own to form opinion on the merit of the film. It seems to value the themes from the book, but other than that, it omits certain features. I think it could have been a little more plausible if the writer was not insane. That is one example that I can think of. I did like it though, as it had it's moments. A sense of lunacy pervades it throughout. Jerry Orbach as Fred was quite capable and Burgess Meredith was in the film as well.

The details in Frederick Exley's, A Fan's Notes have been shortened obviously, as one needs to truncate certain scenes that do not translate onto the screen.

I think some people will enjoy it, others won't even understand the situation.

Either way, the copy of the film was cheap, as I bought it at a rummage sale at a Film School Archive in New York. I watch it at least every year.


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anybody seen it? bathtubhoax
Discuss A Fan's Notes (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?