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A Woman Under the Influence -- John Cassavetes' devastating drama details the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family's struggle to save her from herself. Starring Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands (in two of the most harrowing screen performances of the 1970s) as a married couple deeply in love yet unable to express that love in terms the other can understand, the film is an uncompromising portrait of domestic turmoil. The Criterion Collection is proud to present one of the benchmark films of American independent cinema--a heroic document from a true maverick director.

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Director:
Writer:
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 10 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Courageous and Uncompromising Film See more (93 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

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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Actress Gena Rowlands and writer-director John Cassavetes in real life were married.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Nick first decides to have Mabel committed, he's got a towel on his shoulder and a bottle of gin in his hand. The next cut contains the towel, but no bottle of gin. The following shot the gin returns.See more »
Quotes:
Nick Longhetti:Mabel is not crazy, she's unusual. She's not crazy, so don't say she's crazy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Torna a SurrientoSee more »

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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Courageous and Uncompromising Film, 12 June 2006
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

This movie is a breakthrough - courageous and uncompromising view at the family and at the marriage where both spouses love each other deeply but they are both not well, they don't know how communicate when somebody else present, even their own children. They could be happy on the deserted island but not surrounded by friends and families. I was fascinated by both, Peter Falk's and Gena Rowlands' performances. She looked like a little girl, trapped in a woman's body - confused, insecure, listening to what is inside of her. When she said to her children, "I hope that you will never grow up", she meant it because she never felt comfortable as a grown up. I could not take my yes off Rowlands. Her performance is on par with the best study of nervous breakdown I've seen, and this is Liv Ullmann in Bergman's "Face to Face".

Peter Falks was also a revelation - I love him as Lt. Columbo in the TV series but he is a completely different character here; in a way, he is as mentally unbalanced as his wife is. The fact that he loves her but never hesitates to abuse her makes him terrifying - you never know how he will act in the next moment, and he does not know himself. Directing and writing are absolutely first class, and I am very exited to see more films by John Cassavetes, the Godfather of American Independent film-making and a father of American "New Wave" 9.5/10

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