Director John Cassavetes had major problems getting the picture distributed in the USA. When it did get released, the seasons were limited, with the film performing very poorly at the box-office. After Cassavetes had passed away in early 1989, the film was acquired in 1991 by a major American distributor for re-release .
The picture was entered into competition at the 28th Berlin International Film Festival in 1978 where John Cassavetes was nominated for the Golden Bear. The movie won two awards at Berlin, Gena Rowlands won the Best Actress Silver Bear award whilst the picture won the Interfilm Award Otto Dibelius Film Award ex aequo.