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A Fine Madness (1966)




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Sean Connery attempted to make a clean break from his "James Bond" image in the boisterous comedy A Fine Madness. Connery plays Samson Shillitoe, a Brendan Behan-like poet with a mile-wide misogynistic streak. Try as he might to complete his latest masterpiece, Shillitoe is constantly interrupted by the women in his life. Driven to a nervous breakdown, he seeks help from the medical establishment -- and ends up a babbling shell of his former self. The film takes scattered potshots at a repressive society that forces the truly creative among us into near-madness; at times, it is sidesplittingly funny, though never quite as potent as the Elliot Baker novel upon which it is based. Sean Connery is brilliant, but the public wanted James Bond to behave himself, thus the film didn't do as well at the box office as it should have.

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Sean Connery
as Samson Shillitoe
Joanne Woodward
as Rhoda Shillitoe
Patrick O'Neal
as Dr. Oliver West
Jean Seberg
as Lydia West
Colleen Dewhurst
as Dr. Vera Kropotkin
Clive Revill
as Dr. Menken
Werner Peters
as Dr. Vorbeck
John Fiedler
as Daniel K. Papp
Kay Medford
as Mrs. Fish
Jackie Coogan
as Mr. Fitzgerald
Zohra Lampert
as Mrs. Tupperman
Sorrell Booke
as Leonard Tupperman
Sue Ane Langdon
as Miss Walnicki
Bibi Osterwald
as Mrs. Fitzgerald
Mabel Albertson
as Chairwoman
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
as Chester Quirk
James Millhollin
as Rollie Butter
Jon Lormer
as Dr. Huddleson
Ayllene Gibbons
as Club Woman
Renée Taylor
as Streetwalker
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Critic Reviews for A Fine Madness

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

All this is a well-tried type of nonsense, with a sound grounding in verisimilitude, that needs the right touch to emerge as both wild and funny. [Irvin] Kershner has this touch and his film never loses our amused attention.

April 2, 2020 | Full Review…

...a decent-enough premise that's employed to increasingly (and aggressively) unwatchable effect...

January 4, 2021 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Never finds its own voice.

September 1, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The off-beat A Fine Madness succeeds on the level of breezy lightweight entertainment.

July 2, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

I've never seen such an ill-advised film and such amazing talent put to such little ultimate effect.

June 23, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5

Audience Reviews for A Fine Madness

Two fine actors, Sean Connery and Joanne Woodward are lost in this loud, boorish "comedy". They shout and act like idiots. An extremely fine and varied supporting cast is entirely wasted although there is a lovely performance from Colleen Dewhurst and get a load of the height of Sue Ane Langdon's hair! A missed oppurtunity.

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