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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

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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Castello would, in 1970, receive his only Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor, in the film 'Lovers and Other Strangers, ' a film co-written by his 'A Fine Madness' co-star Renee Taylor. See more »

Goofs

While Leonard Tupperman is talking to Samson, he says he is paying $35 'per minute' (should be per hour, or session). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fish: [about Leonard] That mench! He's got a heart as black as the ace of diamonds!
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Referenced in MGM 40th Anniversary (1964) See more »

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It's a little heavy on kookiness...
20 June 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

As a poet who is institutionalized, Sean Connery distances himself quite grandly from screen alter-ego James Bond. Connery is unexpectedly gregarious as the avant-garde writer, Joanne Woodard is suitably shrill as his spouse, the supporting cast (including Jean Seberg and the wonderful Zohra Lampert) is terrific, but this is an extremely bumpy, frantic piece on challenging the system. Director Irvin Kershner has always been a little erratic, and his shifts in tone take a while to get used to. The script, from Elliot Baker's novel, is uneven, yet the film certainly looks good, with handsome photography and fine use of New York locations. Often gets confused with "They Might Be Giants", another comedy which also co-starred Joanne Woodward and dealt with a certain madness. ** from ****


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