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A Fine Madness (1966)

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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

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 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 he ... 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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1966 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Simson ist nicht zu schlagen See more »

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Pan Arts,Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene involving a topless Sue Ane Langdon and Sean Connery near the film's beginning was the subject of a photo feature in Playboy Magazine. See more »

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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 »

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Samson Shillitoe: [to the irate members of the women's club] Spine snappers! You don't want my poetry. You want my liver!
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A Fine Mess
12 September 2006 | by flipshoesSee all my reviews

"A Fine Madness" is a very strange movie. It stars Sean Connery (with a very strange performance, one of his worst - somewhere between Bond and a plain ruffian; frankly, I don't think Connery is apt for any comedy at all) plus a lavish supporting cast consisting of renowned character actors - but, still, the film is horrible.

It has an absolutely inane screenplay, and Irvin Kershner's (lack of) direction leaves a most confusing impression, even considering the somewhat strange Sixties style which was "en vogue" then. (John Addison's score, however is quite enjoyable.) You never know what's going to happen, and worse, you're not even interested in any of it. Nothing is truly funny, and some aspects are merely annoying (at least by today's standards), e.g. the jocularity of a man beating up his female companion. Samson Shillitoe is a despicable character, so you don't really convey any empathy for him or his needs. - What a waste of talent.


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