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John Cassavetes (written by)
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Release Date:
18 November 1974 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Influence of What? See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Nick Longhetti

Gena Rowlands ... Mabel Longhetti
Fred Draper ... George Mortensen
Lady Rowlands ... Martha Mortensen
Katherine Cassavetes ... Margaret Longhetti

Matthew Labyorteaux ... Angelo Longhetti

Matthew Cassel ... Tony Longhetti
Christina Grisanti ... Maria Longhetti
O.G. Dunn ... Garson Cross
Mario Gallo ... Harold Jensen
Eddie Shaw ... Dr. Zepp
Angelo Grisanti ... Vito Grimaldi
Charles Horvath ... Eddie
James Joyce ... Bowman

John Finnegan ... Clancy
Vincent Barbi ... Gino (as Vince Barbi)
Cliff Carnell ... Aldo
Frank Richards ... Adolph
Hugh Hurd ... Willie Johnson
Leon Wagner ... Billy Tidrow

Dominique Davalos ... Dominique Jensen

Xan Cassavetes ... Adrienne Jensen
Pancho Meisenheimer ... John Jensen
Sonny Aprile ... Aldo
Ellen Davalos ... Nancy
Joanne Moore Jordan ... Muriel
John Hawker ... Joseph Morton
Sylvester Words ... James Turner (as Sil Words)
Elizabeth Deering ... Angela
Jackie Peters ... Tina
Elsie Ames ... Principal
N.J. Cassavetes ... Adolph
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Directed by
John Cassavetes 
 
Writing credits
John Cassavetes (written by)

Produced by
Sam Shaw .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bo Harwood 
 
Cinematography by
Mitch Breit (uncredited)
Al Ruban (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
David Armstrong 
Sheila Viseltear 
 
Art Direction by
Phedon Papamichael 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Corrick .... first assistant director
Roger Slager .... second assistant director
Gary Graver .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Steve Hitter .... graphics
Kevin Joyce .... props
 
Sound Department
Michael Denecke .... sound mixer (as Henry Michael Denecke)
Nick Spaulding .... boom operator (as Nick Spalding)
Bo Harwood .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitch Breit .... in charge of lighting (as Mitchell Breit)
Cliff Carnell .... key grip
Merv Dayan .... lighting technician
Caleb Deschanel .... additional photographer
Frederick Elmes .... assistant camera (as Fred Elmes)
Michael Ferris .... camera operator (as Mike Ferris)
Gary Graver .... additional camera operator
David V. Lester .... gaffer (as David Lester)
David B. Nowell .... camera operator (as David Nowell)
Leslie Otis .... assistant camera
Anthony R. Palmieri .... assistant camera (as Tony Palmieri)
Larry Silver .... assistant camera
Bo Taylor .... lighting technician
Chris Taylor .... lighting technician
Brian Hamill .... still photographer: special assignment (uncredited)
R. Michael Stringer .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carole K. Smith .... wardrobe (as Carole Smith)
 
Editorial Department
Tom Cornwell .... supervising editor
Robert Heffernan .... executive in charge of post-production
 
Other crew
Elaine Goren .... continuity
Carole K. Smith .... production secretary (as Carole Smith)
 
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155 min | USA:146 min (TCM print)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1992) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
The seventh feature film directed by John Cassavetes.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Mabel returns from the Hospital, the family is in the living room watching Nicky and Mabel's father argue about dinner. Mabel sits on the chair with her father and kisses him. The camera tilts down and tape is visible on the floor. This is marking tape used to denote where to reposition the chair for retakes as the chair was moved earlier in the scene by Dr. Zepp.See more »
Quotes:
Mabel Longhetti:All of a sudden, I miss everyone...See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »

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26 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Influence of What?, 26 January 2005
Author: Chris Bright from London

Freewheeling Cassavetes study of a marriage.

I think its a misreading to conclude that either one of the main characters is "crazy". Clearly Mabel has what you could call a borderline manic personality, but there's little evidence that she is unable to look after herself or her kids. The fact that she gets committed says less about her condition than about the position of women in the society Cassavetes is depicting. There is no sign that the visiting kids are in any danger - their father freaks out only because Mabel's behaviour falls outside his view of the conventional housewife. Nick on the other hand is not considered "crazy" despite physically attacking several people and getting his kids drunk, because men are allowed a lot more licence. In the end he is as trapped by the social pressures on him as Mabel is, except his frustration is turned outwards, hers inwards.

When the family are alone there is no problem, Nick's difficulties arise when Mabel is unable to fit the social role assigned to her - notably it is his mother who drives him to have Mabel committed. The "influence" Mabel is under turns out not to be alcohol as we first expect but patriarchy expressed via Nick, and society's limited and limiting expectations of women and of people in general. Put Mabel in a San Francisco commune 6 years earlier and she would look normal.

A word on the acting. Having known people with rather more serious cases of manic depression I can testify that Gena Rowlands' acting is actually rather understated. Falk meanwhile is a revelation to those who know him only from Colombo - his portrayal of the inarticulate, confused, occasionally violent but still very loving Nick is perfect - he just IS this guy.

Incidentally, you can see where Scorsese took many of the ideas for his most personal films from (notably "Mean Streets" which apparently he made after Cassavetes criticised "Boxcar Bertha") although he tidied them up and made them commercial. He even copied Cassevetes' lead here by putting his own mother in "Goodfellas".

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