|Directed by||Norman Mailer|
|Produced by||Buzz Farber
|Written by||Norman Mailer|
|Music by||Isaac Hayes
D. A. Pennebaker
Nicholas T. Proferes
|Editing by||Lana Jokel
|Distributed by||Supreme Mix Productions|
|Running time||110 minutes|
Maidstone was a film made in 1970, directed by, written by, and starring Norman Mailer.
Famous film director Norman Kingsley (Norman Mailer) runs for President while working on his latest film project. His brother Raoul (Rip Torn) continues to cling to him for his money.
|Norman Mailer||Norman Kingsley|
|Rip Torn||Raoul Rey O'Houlihan|
|Beverly Bentley||Kingsley's wife|
|Robert Gardiner||Secret Service Chief|
The film is now famous for the improvised fight between Norman Mailer and Rip Torn. As the camera rolled, Torn struck Mailer in the head with a hammer, intending to "kill his character." Mailer's scalp opened up, and a vicious fight ensued. With the camera still rolling, Torn energetically strangled Mailer until the fight was broken up by Mailer's wife Beverly and Mailer's wailing children. During the melee, Mailer bit off a small chunk of Rip Torn's ear. The fight, in which the actors called each other by their real names, made it into the film, and the segment has proven very popular online in recent years.
- Scott, A. O. (20 July 2007). "Norman Mailer, Unbound and on Film: Revisiting His Bigger-Than-Life Selves". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
- Maidstone (film) at the Internet Movie Database
- Maidstone at allmovie
- Thank you, Norman Mailer . . . for showing me that autobiography is the only kind there is
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