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A Fine Madness (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 September 1966 (Finland)
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Samson Shillitoe, mad genius of a poet irresistible to women, but plagued by writer's block, agrees to see a psychiatrist, and his beautiful wife.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

Elliott Baker (screenplay), Elliott Baker (based upon the novel by)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Samson Shillitoe
Joanne Woodward ... Rhoda Shillitoe
Jean Seberg ... Lydia West
Patrick O'Neal ... Dr. Oliver West
Colleen Dewhurst ... Dr. Vera Kropotkin
Clive Revill ... Dr. Menken
Werner Peters ... Dr. Freddie Vorbeck
John Fiedler ... Daniel K. Papp
Kay Medford ... Mrs. Fish
Jackie Coogan ... Mr. Fitzgerald
Zohra Lampert ... Evelyn Tupperman
Sorrell Booke ... Leonard Tupperman
Sue Ane Langdon ... Miss Walnicki
Bibi Osterwald ... Mrs. Fitzgerald
Mabel Albertson ... Chairwoman
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Storyline

Samson Shillitoe is a New York City based poet with some renown and great promise, but he is a troubled man which is causing him some current problems. He is four months behind in alimony payments, with his day job as a carpet cleaner unable to clear that outstanding debt. He, however, sees this problem more as one for the courts, the police, and his ex-wife Beverly than it is for him. He has difficulties not acting upon his general attraction to women, they, in return, apt to act on those same attractions. And he has a case of writer's block while he is in the process of writing what he considers his great epic poem, it already having been five years in the process and counting. He may be substituting sex for that inability to write. His long suffering and loyal current wife, working class Rhoda Shillitoe, believes Samson's problems, which are also manifesting themselves in increasing violent tendencies, although any violence directed toward her she knows is only in jest as she knows... Written by Huggo

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Any time... any place... at any game... Samson Shillitoe can out-fox them all!! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Both Patrick O'Neal and Clive Revill later played murderers on "Columbo". See more »

Goofs

When Miss Walnicki exits the office, she pushes the door out and away from her, but as she steps over the threshold, the door is behind her, inside the office. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fish: [about Leonard] That mensch! He's got a heart as black as the ace of diamonds!
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Sean Connery & Henry Fonda (1965) See more »

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Fun social satire made redundant by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
3 May 2012 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

The idea that free-spirited creativity is a social disorder that must be cured by a well-meaning but thoroughly incompetent psychiatric establishment is the theme here, and one quite familiar to anybody who has seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Sean Connery was a great choice to play a blocked, womanizing writer at the core of the drama and he centers the film with his amiable exuberance. Comparisons to Cuckoo's Nest are inevitable, and this film lacks the other's stifling power and resonance, but it shares a common vision of the psychiatric profession acting as a microcosm of authoritarian abuses in society at large. Still, this is a funny and charming, much lighter satire on the same subject, energetically directed by Irvin Kirschner, and enjoyable for Connery fans in any case.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1966 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fine Madness See more »

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Pan Arts, Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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