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Sean Connery attempted to make a clean break from his "James Bond" image in the boisterous comedy A Fine Madness. Connery plays Samson Shillitoe, a Brendan Behan-like poet with a mile-wide misogynistic streak. Try as he might to complete his latest masterpiece, Shillitoe is constantly interrupted by the women in his life. Driven to a nervous breakdown, he seeks help from the medical establishment -- and ends up a babbling shell of his former self. The film takes scattered potshots at a repressive society that forces the truly creative among us into near-madness; at times, it is sidesplittingly funny, though never quite as potent as the Elliot Baker novel upon which it is based. Sean Connery is brilliant, but the public wanted James Bond to behave himself, thus the film didn't do as well at the box office as it should have. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Sean Connery
as Samson Shillitoe
Joanne Woodward
as Rhoda Shillitoe
Jean Seberg
as Lydia West
Patrick O'Neal
as Dr. Oliver West
Colleen Dewhurst
as Dr. Vera Kropotkin
Clive Revill
as Dr. Menken
Werner Peters
as Dr. Vorbeck
John Fiedler
as Daniel K. Papp
Kay Medford
as Mrs. Fish
Jackie Coogan
as Mr. Fitzgerald
Zohra Lampert
as Mrs. Tupperman
Sorrell Booke
as Leonard Tupperman
Sue Ane Langdon
as Miss Walnicki
Bibi Osterwald
as Mrs. Fitzgerald
Gerald O'Loughlin
as Chester Quirk
Jon Lormer
as Dr. Huddleson
Harry Bellaver
as Knocker
Ayllene Gibbons
as Club Woman
Renée Taylor


Irvin Kershner
Jerome Hellman
Elliott Baker
Elliott Baker
Book Author
Ted D. McCord
John Addison
Composer (Music Score)
William H. Ziegler
Jack Poplin
Art Director
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Russell Llewellyn
First Assistant Director