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Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)

A housewife with an abusive husband has an affair with a writer.

Director:

Frank Perry

Writers:

Eleanor Perry (screenplay by), Sue Kaufman (from the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Benjamin ... Jonathan Balser
Frank Langella ... George Prager
Carrie Snodgress ... Tina Balser
Lorraine Cullen Lorraine Cullen ... Sylvie Balser
Frannie Michel Frannie Michel ... Liz Balser
Lee Addoms Lee Addoms ... Mrs. Prinz
Peter Dohanos Peter Dohanos ... Samuel Keefer
Katherine Meskill Katherine Meskill ... Charlotte Rady
Leonard Elliott Leonard Elliott ... M. Henri
Valma Valma ... Margo
Hilda Haynes Hilda Haynes ... Lottie
Donald Symington Donald Symington ... Pediatrician (as Don Symington)
Alley Mills ... Women's lib girl (as Allison Mills)
Alice Cooper ... Alice Cooper (as The Alice Cooper Band)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bruce Michael Bruce ... Michael Bruce (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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Taglines:

I, Tina Balser, Housewife, Did Not Do My Chores Today. I Did...Something Else! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Diario de una esposa desesperada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Frank Perry Films Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene in which Alice Cooper tore open pillows and threw the feathers (in addition to bottles of champagne and fire extinguishers) all over the crowd was not spur of the moment or intended just for the film. This was the band's famous gimmick at the beginning, whatever objects they found, they used on each other and the audience. This gimmick was one that earned them the infamous reputation not too long before as "chicken killers". This was probably why Frank Perry asked them to do the movie. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Balser: How about a little roll in the hay?
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Alternate Versions

Original version runs 104 minutes. Alternate TV version was prepared by director Frank Perry substituting different footage for many sequences; this version runs 95 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) See more »

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A bit of Rock and roll trivial history
30 May 2005 | by sguphxSee all my reviews

Singer songwriter Neil Young was watching this very movie on TV in the early seventies. He fell in love with Carrie Snodgrass,eventually meeting her and having a son with her. They never married. The incident was immortalized in song on his legendary Harvest album in 1972. The song is entitled A Man Needs A Maid . The last verse tells the story: "A while ago somewhere I don't know when I was watching a movie with a friend. I fell in love with the actress. She was playing a part that I could understand.

A maid. A man needs a maid. A maid." Lyrics by Neil Young Because of this song I searched out the movie and just loved it. When will it be issued on DVD. After reading the review by the experiment in editing guy, I would just love to see his version. I am not sure which version I saw. I think it was the darker version.


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