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
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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