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10 August 1970 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Benjamin ... Jonathan Balser

Frank Langella ... George Prager

Carrie Snodgress ... Tina Balser
Lorraine Cullen ... Sylvie Balser
Frannie Michel ... Liz Balser
Lee Addoms ... Mrs. Prinz
Peter Dohanos ... Samuel Keefer
Katherine Meskill ... Charlotte Rady
Leonard Elliott ... M. Henri
Valma ... Margo
Hilda Haynes ... Lottie
Donald Symington ... Pediatrician (as Don Symington)

Alley Mills ... Women's lib girl (as Allison Mills)

Alice Cooper ... Himself (as The Alice Cooper Band)
Neal Smith ... Himself (as The Alice Cooper Band)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bruce ... Himself (as The Alice Cooper Band)
Glen Buxton ... Himself (as The Alice Cooper Band)

Ja'net DuBois ... Vera
Dennis Dunaway ... Himself. (as The Alice Cooper Band)
Kurt Garfield ... Carpenter
Jason Holt
William Kiehl ... Elliot Asher
I.W. Klein ... Stuttering man in group therapy
George Loros ... Malcolm
Lester Rawlins ... Dr. Linstrom
Renee Semes ... College Girl in group therapy session
Beverly Ballard ... (uncredited)
Cash Baxter ... (uncredited)

Peter Boyle ... Man in Group Therapy Session (uncredited)
William Hansen ... Worker in the Balser Apartment (uncredited)
Elaine Kaufman ... Owner of Elaine's Restaurant (uncredited)
Pamela Saunders ... (uncredited)
Brian Sturdivant ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Tillinger ... (uncredited)
Lydia Wilen ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Perry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sue Kaufman  novel
Eleanor Perry 

Produced by
Ronald H. Gilbert .... producer (as Ron Gilbert)
Frank Perry .... producer
Cinematography by
Gerald Hirschfeld 
Film Editing by
Sidney Katz 
Casting by
Shirley Rich 
Production Design by
Peter Dohanos 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Sam Robert 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist
Josephine Cianelli .... makeup artist
Enrico Cortese .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sam Bennerson .... assistant production manager
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Ashe .... second assistant director
Charles Okun .... first assistant director
Art Department
Stanley Cappiello .... scenic artist
David Goodnoff .... stand-by prop (as Dave Goodonoff)
John Michalak .... chief carpenter
Thomas Wright .... property master
Sound Department
Charles Federmack .... sound mixer (as Chuck Federmack)
Bud Nolan .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barr .... key grip
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator
Marc Hirschfeld .... second assistant camera
Jim Hovey .... first assistant camera (as James Hovey)
Milton Moshlak .... gaffer (as Milt Moshlak)
Muky .... still photographer (as Muky Muncasi)
Bill Reinhart .... dolly grip
Louis Tobin .... best boy (as Lou Tobin)
Casting Department
Shirley Rich .... casting: New York
Joe Scully .... casting: Hollywood
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jim Hagerman .... wardrobe: men
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe: women
Editorial Department
Virginia Katz .... assistant editor (as Ginny Katz)
Jerry Simunovich .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Tom O'Brien .... transportation captain
Other crew
Laura Bernay .... secretary
Anne Mooney .... assistant production secretary
Ralph S. Singleton .... production assistant
Helene Spinner .... production secretary
Julia Tucker .... continuity
Lydia Wilen .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Diario de una esposa desesperada" - Argentina (imdb display title), Spain
"Το Απόρρητο Ημερολόγιο μιας Παντρεμένης" - Greece
"Дневник безумной домохозяйки" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Diario di una casalinga inquieta" - Italy
"En galen hemmafrus dagbok" - Sweden
"Hupsun kotirouvan päiväkirja" - Finland
"Journal intime d'une femme mariée" - France
"Konen er gal" - Denmark
"O Diário Íntimo de Uma Mulher" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Pamietnik szalonej gospodyni" - Poland
"Quando Nem um Amante Resolve" - Brazil
"Tagebuch eines Ehebruchs" - West Germany (imdb display title)
"To aporriton imerologio mias pantremenis" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
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95 min | 104 min (original version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1987) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:X | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #22659) | West Germany:18 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

According to Carrie Snodgress, actor Richard Benjamin insisted that he and Carrie not have any interaction off-screen in order to have their onscreen tensions be more believable and authentic.See more »
Tina Balser:[hysterical] What have I got twisted?See more »
Lay Down And Die GoodbyeSee more »


Carrie Snodgress---What Happened to Her After "Diary"?
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A Four Star Sleeper, 18 August 2001
Author: richard winters (rwint) from Chicago, Illinois

Brilliant, perceptive look at isolation. Story works on multiple levels from offbeat comedy, to drama, satire, and even feminist viewpoint. It's all rather low key, but slowly builds for a strong impact. Centers around a upper middle class New York housewife who becomes increasingly frustrated at the alienation from her husband, children, and his friends. For a escape she has a affair with a man (Langella) that seems exciting and different, but in the end treats her just as poorly. Ultimately she comes to the conclusion that under the facade he and many others are just as disconnected. Film works on the basic perception that isolation is a definite reality of modern living. Terrific ending puts it all into perspective. Takes some good satirical jabs at the 'upwardly mobile', also has good color detail and a interesting visual style. Snodgrass's performance is excellent in a rather difficult role. Forced to put on a 'happy face' by her obnoxious ,social climbing husband she is still able to convey her frustrations to the viewer through body language, voice tones, and facial expressions. A four star sleeper and one of Frank and Eleanor Perry's most complete work. For TV some scenes were taken out while others added making it slightly different from the theatrical version. For instance in the TV version Snodgrass meets Langella while walking her dog. In the theatrical version she meets him at a party.

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