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Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.

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  • Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
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Ben
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Lelia
Hugh Hurd ...
Hugh
Anthony Ray ...
Tony
Dennis Sallas ...
Dennis
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Tom (as Tom Allen)
David Pokitillow ...
David
Rupert Crosse ...
Rupert
David Jones ...
Davey (as Davey Jones)
Pir Marini ...
Pir the Piano Player
Victoria Vargas ...
Vickie
Jack Ackerman ...
Jack, Director of Dance Studio
Jacqueline Walcott ...
Jacqueline
Cliff Carnell
Jay Crecco
Ronald Maccone
Bob Reeh
Joyce Miles ...
Girl in Restaurant
Nancy Deale ...
Girl in Restaurant
Gigi Brooks ...
Girl in Restaurant
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Girl at Party
Marilyn Clark ...
Girl at Party
Joanne Sages ...
Girl at Party
Jed McGarvey ...
Girl at Party
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Girl at Party (as Greta Thysen)
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Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Arlene Corwin ...
Girl at party (uncredited)
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Man Wearing Sun Glasses, Dancing and Later Chewing Gum at Rehearsal (uncredited)
Ellen Paulos ...
Woman (uncredited)
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Woman in Nightclub Audience (uncredited)
Jean Shepherd ...
Man at Party (uncredited)
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Man at Party (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Cassavetes

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John Cassavetes ... (written by)

Produced by

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Seymour Cassel ... associate producer
Maurice McEndree ... producer

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Erich Kollmar

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John Cassavetes
Maurice McEndree

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Len Appelson ... supervising editor

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Randy Liles
Bob Reeh

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Wray Bevins ... production manager

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Al Giglio ... assistant director

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Jay Crecco ... sound

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Cliff Carnell ... lighting assistant
Al Ruban ... camera assistant
David Simon ... lighting technician

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Shafi Hadi ... musician: saxophone solos
Charles Mingus ... composer: additional music / musician: additional music

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Maxine Arnold ... production staff (as Maxine Arnolds)
Anne Draper ... production staff
Mary Anne Ehle ... production staff
Judy Kaufman ... production staff
Ellen Paulos ... production staff
Leslie Reed ... production staff

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Plot Summary

Benny's a hipster, moving in and out of Manhattan's beat scene, aimless, maybe close to trouble. His sister Lelia, who looks less African-American than White, is vulnerable and about to fall in love. Hugh, their older brother, is a struggling singer whose agent, Rupert, may be the only person with faith in his talent. The story moves back and forth, like jazz, among the three of them and what seems at first to be separate lives. Lelia meets Tony, and lets herself hope this is true love. Then he meets Hugh and prejudice gives Tony an excuse to cut and run. Can family and friendship bring solace for her hurt, purpose for Benny, and belief in Hugh? Is life more than shadows? Written by

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Also Known As
  • Sombras (Spain)
  • Skygger (Denmark)
  • Sombras (Portugal)
  • Сенки (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • New York árnyai (Hungary)
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  • 81 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia John Cassavetes screened the movie in 1957 and 1958, but because of poor response he went back and re-shot about half of the film in 1959. The first version of the film was believed to be lost for almost 50 years. In the mid-1980s Prof. Ray Carney began his search for the film after talking to Cassavetes about the first version. Carney searched almost everywhere but was led to dead ends for 20 years. Finally, in 2002, he was contacted by a woman who said her father, a junk dealer, had a cardboard box with a film called "Shadows". It turned out to be the first version and not the second one. The print was in pristine condition. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in John Cassavetes (1969). See more »
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Crazy Credits "Presented by Jean Shepherd's Night People" See more »
Quotes Girl at Party: The trouble with you is, you have a case of self-induced hysteria every time you hear the word 'existentialism'.
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