Diary of a Mad Housewife

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A New York lawyer (Richard Benjamin) drives his wife (Carrie Snodgress) to a nervous breakdown, a daytime lover (Frank Langella) and group therapy.

Cast & Crew

Richard Benjamin
Jonathan Balser
Frank Langella
George Prager
Lorraine Cullen
Sylvie Balser
Lee Addoms
Mrs. Prinz
Hilda Haynes
Lottie
Peter Boyle
Man in Group Therapy
Katherine Meskill
Charlotte Rady
Eleanor Perry
Writer (Screenplay)
Gerald Hirschfeld
Cinematographer
Sidney Katz
Film Editor
Peter Dohanos
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Mad Housewife

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Audience Reviews for Diary of a Mad Housewife

  • Jul 29, 2013
    Perhaps a bit tame by today's comparison, Diary of a Mad Housewife was unique for its time period in depicting the depression felt by those stay at home moms. Kudos to Frank Langella who I haven't managed to see much in his youth.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2011
    "Diary of a Mad Housewife" is impeccably acted and characterized, though more "play-like" than I prefer. There is little action beyond small-room dialogue, and no notable directing choices beyond a couple of sharp time-lapse montages. I always heard Carrie Snodgrass's Oscar-nominated performance was amazing, but I was actually more impressed with Richard Benjamin. Without relying on any of the usual vices (physical abuse, addiction, womanizing), Benjamin's social-climbing lawyer manages to be one of the most repellent husbands you've ever seen in a film. Self-involved, needy, callous, childish, grasping, anal-retentive...he has it all. Every time he playfully suggests "a roll in dee ha-ay" to his wife, you hope she'll brain him with a baseball bat. Frank Langella is also good as a self-involved cad who (initially) seems like a refreshing escape for Snodgrass. Music fans will enjoy an unexpected live performance by Alice Cooper and band, and there's also an oh-so-brief cameo by the young Peter Boyle. Hard to guess why this film was never released on DVD.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    The story of an average housewife who is married to the most annoying man in the world, you can't blame her for cheating on him! You sympathize with her. This is a fantastic drama, very psychological and intense. Plus, there's a scene with an early Alice Cooper band playing at a party! Check it out, it's cool.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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