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Opening Night -- Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon rehearses for her latest play, about a woman unable to admit that she is aging. When she witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, she begins to confront her personal and professional turmoil.

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Release Date:
17 April 1978 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(4 articles)
Jude Has Star Support on His Broadway Hamlet Opening Night
 (From Popsugar. 7 October 2009, 7:45 AM, PDT)

2 or 3 Things I Learned at Nyff Opening Night
 (From Thompson on Hollywood. 26 September 2009, 1:10 PM, PDT)

Light Camera and Action! Opening night at Tiff .09
 (From Filmicafe. 11 September 2009, 1:16 AM, PDT)

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My brief review of the film See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gena Rowlands ... Myrtle Gordon

John Cassavetes ... Maurice Aarons

Ben Gazzara ... Manny Victor

Joan Blondell ... Sarah Goode

Paul Stewart ... David Samuels
Zohra Lampert ... Dorothy Victor

Laura Johnson ... Nancy Stein

John Tuell ... Gus Simmons
Ray Powers ... Jimmy

John Finnegan ... Prop man
Louise Lewis ... Kelly (as Louise Fitch)
Fred Draper ... Leo
Katherine Cassavetes ... Vivian
Lady Rowlands ... Melva Drake
Carol Warren ... Carla
Briana Carver ... Lena
Angelo Grisanti ... Charlie Spikes
Meade Roberts ... Eddie Stein
Eleanor Zee ... Sylvia Stein
David Rowlands ... Doorman
Sharon Van Ivan ... Shirley
Jimmy Christie ... News stand operator

James Karen ... Bellboy
Jimmy Joyce ... Bartender
Sherry Bain ... Barmaid
Sylvia Davis Shaw ... Hotel Maid
Peter Lampert ... Maitre d'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josh Becker ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Cameo appearance (uncredited)

Seymour Cassel ... Cameo appearance (uncredited)

Peter Falk ... Cameo appearance (uncredited)
Jana Howard ... Young Girl (uncredited)
William Kramer ... Rabbi (uncredited)
Robert Leader ... Larry Stein (uncredited)
Robert von Dassanowsky ... Audience Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Cassavetes 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Cassavetes 

Produced by
Michael Lally .... associate producer (as Michael Lally)
Al Ruban .... producer
Sam Shaw .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bo Harwood 
 
Cinematography by
Al Ruban 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Cornwell 
 
Casting by
Prometheus Patient 
 
Production Design by
Bryan Ryman 
 
Art Direction by
Brian Ryman 
 
Costume Design by
Aleka Corwin  (as Alexandra Corwin-Hankin)
 
Production Management
Edward Ledding .... production manager (as Ted Lenning)
Foster H. Phinney .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Hallas-Gottlieb .... second assistant director (as Lisa Hallas)
 
Art Department
Verna Bagby .... chief set construction
Richard Upper .... graphic artist
Robert Vehon .... property master
Abraham Zwick .... set construction assistant
Richard Upper .... main title design (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Crew Chamberlain .... boom operator
Bo Harwood .... sound
Joanne T. Harwood .... sound assistant
Bill Varney .... sound mixer
Joe Woo Jr. .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Jaime Fernandez .... rainmaker (uncredited)
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Victor Paul .... stunt driver
Charlie Picerni .... stunt driver (as Charles Picerni)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Don Aroma .... best boy
Larry Baughman .... best boy
Catherine E. Coulson .... assistant camera
Donne Daniels .... gaffer
Larry Dean .... best boy
Frederick Elmes .... camera operator
Michael Ferris .... camera operator
Emmett O'Connell .... best boy
Joseph L. Rezwin .... gaffer
Son Robinson .... gaffer
Richard Ross .... gaffer
Jed Skillman .... assistant camera
Richard Upper .... still photographer
Dave Walker .... best boy
R. Michael Stringer .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Akins .... wardrober
Miles Ciletti .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Kathleen Barker .... post-production
Kent Beyda .... assistant editor
Hal Bowers .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Lee Houskeeper .... musical consultant
Booker T. Jones .... conductor
Booker T. Jones .... music arranger
Booker T. Jones .... musical director
 
Other crew
Robert Bogdanoff .... production assistant
Esme Chandlee .... publicist
Tom Cornwell .... script supervisor
Arlene Harris .... production secretary
Michelle Hart .... production secretary
Susan Howell .... production accountant
Jack Krupnick .... location manager
Adria Later .... teacher/welfare worker
Eve Siegel .... publicist
Teresa Stokovic .... production coordinator
Sharon Van Ivan .... assistant to producer
Raymond Vellucci .... production assistant
Rick Schmidlin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rick Schmidlin .... production runner (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Harland Sanders .... thanks (as Colonel Sanders)
 
Crew verified as complete


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144 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Final film of actress Katherine Cassavetes, the mother of actor-writer-director John Cassavetes.See more »
Quotes:
Sarah Goode:Just please tell me what this play doesn't express.
Myrtle Gordon:Hope.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in All About My Mother (1999)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
My brief review of the film, 14 June 2005
Author: sol- from Perth, Australia

Full of interesting ideas and really rather chilling at times, this account of a mental breakdown is fascinating to watch, with Gena Rowlands a glorious choice for the lead. It is in the way that Rowlands is able to carry emotion on her face that makes her performance so stunning, and along with some well used music and effective close-up photography, it is an intriguing piece of cinema, even if awkwardly very melodramatic at times and a tad hard to digest. The on and off-stage action in the protagonist's life is mixed together, and it is sort of muddled in this sense, though perhaps only as muddled as her mind is. The film poses such interesting questions about how much one should or does care, it portrays mental illness, and, it also has some insight into theatre production. It is very good stuff and only really brought down by being fatally overlong, with the content stretched to its limits.

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