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A Fine Madness (29-Jun-1966)

Director: Irvin Kershner

Writer: Elliott Baker

From novel by: Elliott Baker

Music Composed and Conducted by: John Addison

Producer: Jerome Hellman

Keywords: Comedy, Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Mabel Albertson
24-Jul-1901 28-Sep-1982 Darrin's mother on Bewitched
Sorrell Booke
4-Jan-1930 11-Feb-1994 Boss Hogg on Dukes of Hazzard
Sean Connery
25-Aug-1930   James Bond
Jackie Coogan
26-Oct-1914 1-Mar-1984 Uncle Fester in The Addams Family
Colleen Dewhurst
3-Jun-1924 2-Aug-1991 Murphy Brown's mother
John Fiedler
3-Feb-1925 25-Jun-2005 Voice of Piglet
Zohra Lampert
13-May-1937   Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Sue Ane Langdon
8-Mar-1936   Lillian Nuvo on Arnie
Kay Medford
14-Sep-1914 10-Apr-1980 Bye Bye Birdie
Patrick O'Neal
26-Sep-1927 9-Sep-1994 Chamber of Horrors
Bibi Osterwald
3-Feb-1918 2-Jan-2002 Bridget Loves Bernie
Clive Revill
18-Apr-1930   Avanti!
Jean Seberg
13-Nov-1938 8-Sep-1979 Saint Joan
Joanne Woodward
27-Feb-1930   The Three Faces of Eve


Sean Connery   ...   Samson Shillitoe
Joanne Woodward   ...   Rhoda
Jean Seberg   ...   Lydia West
Patrick O'Neal   ...   Dr. Oliver West
Colleen Dewhurst   ...   Dr. Vera Kropotkin
Clive Revill   ...   Dr. Menken
Werner Peters   ...   Dr. 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
Gerald S. O'Loughlin   ...   Supporting Cast
James Millhollin   ...   Supporting Cast
Jon Lormer   ...   Supporting Cast
Bernie Meyer   ...   Supporting Cast
Richard Castellano   ...   Supporting Cast
Harry Bellaver   ...   Supporting Cast
Renee Taylor   ...   Supporting Cast


Review by Cunnivorex Maximus (posted on 9-Apr-2008)

A Fine Madness is a different kind of role for Sean Connery than what the movie-goer was used to. He plays a poet whose only published work is a book of poems called "Hellebore" (an herb said to cure madness). He is living with the brassy Joanne Woodward who works as a waitress in midtown Manhattan. Connery, as Samson Shillitoe, is employed as a carpet cleaner and constantly being hounded by an ambulance chasing-type lawyer trying to serve him with papers for back-alimony payments. Samson is plagued by depression and rage and he apparently self-medicates with alcohol whenever he gets the chance. While at work, Woodward catches part of an interview of a psychiatrist on the TV and resolves to go talk to him. She contracts with him so that he may treat Samson. Samson is sort of a dog who apparently does not take monogamy seriously and he beds his treating psychiatrist's wife. In an attempt at revenge, the psychiatrist institutionalizes Samson in order to lobotomize him. The operation does not "take" with Samson and everything returns to "normal" in the end. Please don't let my poor writing skills make you think this is not a worthwhile movie. It is definitely worth the sit-down, and along with Peter Seller's "The Bobo" is one of my favorite all-time movies.

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