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Fine Madness [VHS]

3.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward, Jean Seberg, Patrick O'Neal, Colleen Dewhurst
  • Directors: Irvin Kershner
  • Writers: Elliott Baker
  • Producers: Jerome Hellman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: February 7, 1995
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300270289
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A non-conformist poet's randy and rambunctious behavior wreaks havoc across New York City in a screwloose comedy delight starring Sean Connery and Joanne Woodward. Year: 1966 Director: Irvin Kershner Starring: Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward, Jean Seberg

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By David Dearborn on March 13, 2000
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Sean Connery sinks his teeth into a full-blooded comic role as a nonconformist poet suffering from writer's block and alimony collectors in mid-1960s New York. The film's madcap style is a bit dated but there are many gems of scenes in this satire of the misunderstood artist in cultureless society. Watching Connery drink and snarl through a poetry 'recital' at a ladies' tea is hysterical, and his little dance on the Brooklyn Bridge is among the revelations. It's interesting that 'A Fine Madness' makes a point of being a NYC movie, and an offbeat one at that, with its bawdiness hinting at the coming sexual revolution and featuring an international superstar who had the energy to stretch himself in something risky--which is more than we can say for most of today's typecast stars.
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Sean Connery plays a poet suffering from writer's block (incapacity to write something one feels is a finished creation, sort of; or not being able to write at all). He's the (supposedly) unrecognized genius and is as a by-product also totally different than most other people: he sees the world through different eyes, or so to speak. This is, alas, not portrayed as I would have liked to see; it's only more or less stated/presumed.
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.
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I've been a fan of Sean Connery for a long time, and this film, made in his James Bond era when he was youthful, is a pleasant change of pace for him. He does comedy well, and the carefree character he plays is completely different from any other role I've seen him in. If you are a Sean Connery fan, or if you enjoy a '60's era comedy celebrating a free spirit, you'll love this movie.
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Sean Connery sinks his teeth into a full-blooded comic role as a nonconformist poet suffering from writer's block and alimony collectors in mid-60s New York. The film's madcap style is a bit dated but there are many gems of scenes in this satire of the misunderstood artist in modern society. Watching Connery snarl through a poetry 'recital' at a society tea is hysterical, and his little dance step on the Brooklyn Bridge is among the revelations. It's interesting that 'A Fine Madness' is very much a New York City movie, and an offbeat one at that, with hints of the coming sexual revolution and starring an international sensation who had the energy to stretch himself against typecasting--which is more than we can say for most of today's action stars.
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Spoiler Alerts Galore: The dirty carpet cleaner did it!
Four adulterous affairs plus one abusive psychotic marriage equals one typical Khazarian Hollywood piece of Ashkenazi Drek!
Add shallow acting, amateurish directing/photography and breakneck pace from hell and you have a total waste of time and money...poor Sean!
Even the producer's name is "Hell man!"
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There was a type of movie character in the mid to late 60's--particularly in British films--the egotistical, sexist charmer--the British cad, if you will. He appeared in comedies as well as comedy-dramas. Peter O'Toole in WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT? (1965), Michael Caine in ALFIE (1966) and Albert Finney in CHARLIE BUBBLES come quickly to mind. 1966's A FINE MADNESS is an attempt to cash in on this trend as Sean Connery made another attempt to branch out from his Bond role. The idea, however, is rarely, successful, as Connery was already too well identified as an agent of Her Majesty's Secret Service, to make his aggressive, boorish poet, believable, let alone sympathetic. And having a loud-mouth though innocous wife in Joanne Woodward by his side, doesn't help. That is the main problem with the movie. He is unsympathetic and WE DON'T CARE--not even for the Woodward character who should have left him a long time ago. Certainly with the domestic violence done for comic-effect, this film would not be remade today. What director Irvan Kershner was trying to say exactly with this screen adaptation is anyone's guess. There are are number of good moments and I like the cast, but in the end it is too long, ill-paced and just not funny enough.

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.
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