A Fine Madness
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Next to this he does not pay his bills, is unemployed and not seeking for work, or, if he has a job, losing it easily. And he goes from one woman to the next ... they flock to him, he thinks, so they're not his problem. Samson Shillitoe (Connery) is, in short, sexist and insensitive. He also has the habit of almost-hitting his wife whenever he feels like doing that.
He only wants to work on his poem, and he needs, above all, time and rest. Neither seem to be available in considerable quantities, especially not if the past keeps getting in the way.
Lots of problems, but they're in the case of A Fine Madness tackled with comedy. While I thought the film was at all times amusing, certain scenes stood out. One other reviewer (there are at this time only 3 or so; you'll find him/her) mentioned the poetry recital. Good material!
I just hope you like the style of this film. Somewhat dated, yes, but what do you want? This is how old? From the sixties? I forgot.
Based on Elliott Baker's novel, Connery plays frustrated New York poet Samson Shillitoe who's is suffering from writer's block. Unfortunately, Samson feels it's his duty to make everybody around him suffer as well. He's a self-centered sexist and arrogant jerk! Women constantly swarm to him even to the point of taking their clothes off in front of him out of nowhere (a scene I'll go into detail later.) So, he's always cheating on his wife Rhoda (Joanne Woodward played to the hilt) as well as threatening to hit her everytime she tries to help him. Furthermore, he gets drunk and insults a women's auxillary group who hires him to read for them and was willing to pay him $200 that he needs for back alimony.
The core plot involves Rhoda's attempts to get professional phsyciatric help to cure Samson's writer's block. Something Samson loathes. The treatments fail even when surgery is induced and Samson is his usual arrogant and violent self. He smashes furniture and punches just about anyone who gets in his way and even throws Rhoda down a flight of stairs! And this is supposed to be played for laughs. Believe me, I'm not one for political correctness but as said before, this all just doesn't work very good.
The only scene that raised my eyebrows and gave me some serious chuckles happens early in the film. Samson, at this point, is working as a carpet cleaner and is assigned to working at an aerospace firm.Read more ›
The DVD includes a very short documentary of Connery behind-the-scenes in downtown Manhattan. Thers is a shot of a place called "Fascination" which was to reappear in a quick shot as Robert De Niro drove his cab in TAXI DRIVER. I have been "fascinated" ever since as to what this business establishment is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not funny. Not believable. Amoral. And rug scrubber shampoo was carefully developed to be low sudsing.Published 13 days ago by Rod H.
Sean Connery is a hoot in this offbeat yarn. I love it. It is certainly unique.Published 2 months ago by gobirds2
Interesting film for the mid 1960's. Connery is nothing like his 007 persona. I doubt this will come up on cable very often.Published 6 months ago by ZEPLEN
Great film and fine acting. Read the book and like it better, but the film is a good representation.Published 10 months ago by Martin Amance
A funny Connery film. It's great to see him at work at that time in something usual.Published 13 months ago by James Bond
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