Diary of a Mad Housewife 1970



Tina Balser, an educated, frustrated housewife and mother, is in a loveless marriage with Jonathan, an insufferable, controlling, emotionally abusive, social-climbing lawyer in New York City. He treats her like a servant, undermines her with insults, and belittles her appearance, abilities and the raising of their two girls, who treat their mother with the same rudeness as their father. Searching for relief, she begins a sexually fulfilling affair with a cruel and coarse writer, George Prager, who treats her with similar brusqueness and contempt, which only drives her deeper into despair. She then tries group therapy, but this also proves fruitless when she finds her male psychiatrist, Dr. Linstrom, as well as the other participants, equally shallow and abusive.
Cast
Richard Benjamin as Jonathan Balser
Frank Langella as George Prager
Carrie Snodgress as Tina Balser
Lorraine Cullen as Sylvie Balser
Frannie Michel as Liz Balser
Lester Rawlins as Dr. Linstrom
Alice Cooper as Himself
Peter Boyle as Man in group therapy
Directed by Frank Perry
Produced byFrank Perry
Written by Eleanor Perry
Sue Kaufman (novel)
Cinematography Gerald Hirschfeld
Editing by Sidney Katz
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates August 10, 1970
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,003,745 (US/ Canada rentals)
The film has never been released on DVD; VHS copies of Housewife have become rare, with sealed copies routinely fetching over $100 on websites like Amazon.com and eBay

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