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This movie is a horse that's a camel made by a committee. Awful. Disjointed, tries too hard to be funny. I can't imagine that any of the stars in this were satisfied with this movie. A good example of a strong cast and a weak script.
Sean Connery plays a frustrated poet fighting writer's block while also dealing with his violent nature.
This movie is a hot mess, nevermind a fine madness. It is supposed to be a comedy, but the ending, where Samson assaults his apologetically pregnant wife is a disturbingly sad comment on what someone thought was funny at the time. Joanne Woodward shouts all her lines, giving me a headache. Sean Connery enjoyed insulting women so much in the role, that he is totally unlikeable in it. The premise had so much potential... A poet and a psychiatrist and the exploration of sex... But it didn't deliver.
The off-beat A Fine Madness succeeds on the level of breezy lightweight entertainment.
Sean Connery can play comedy. This movie made me laugh out loud.
One ill-directed film with a lot of talent going to waste.
YAWN! Love Joanne Woodward & Sean Connery, didn't Love this Film.I think prefer my Sean Connery as a likeable character.
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.
Between Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967), Sean Connery took a break from Bond capers, and teamed up with Irvin Kershner, (later director of The Empire Strikes Back), for this downright peculiar comedy-drama. It feels like the sort of film the Coen's would make if they had made films back then. Unfortunately, it's downright dated. It's about jobbing poet Samson Shillitoe (Connery), who lives in Greenwich Village, New York with waitress Rhoda (Joanne Woodward). Samson is in a creative slump, he cannot find the inspiration to finish what he believes to be his greatest poem to date. Samson becomes moody and depressed, so Rhoda contacts noted psychiatrist Dr. West (Patrick O'Neal), to help Samson overcome his writers block. Even a stay at a sanitarium does little to help Samson's violent moods. It's billed as a comedy, but it's more of a dramedy, this is one film where Connery manages to put on an American accent, and make it sound convincing. But even that can't save the film, any humour is twee and dated, plus it does feel a bit mean-spirited. One to be remade.
Good perfromances and script, but did Connery really have to get koshed AGAIN???!!! He's a poet this time, not a secret agent for f... sake.