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Opening Night (1977) Poster

(1977)

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In a 1978 television interview, Cassavetes said this was the best film he had anything to do with.
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Peter Falk, Seymour Cassel, and Peter Bogdanovich all make cameos in the opening night scene.
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The name of the Broadway stage play production being performed throughout the film was "The Second Woman".
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Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes in real life were married. In this film they both worked as actors with the latter also being the writer-director.
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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 .
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The film was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992.
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John Cassavetes performed a number of roles on this film. Cassavetes was an actor, the writer, and the director.
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Final film of actress Katherine Cassavetes, the mother of actor-writer-director John Cassavetes.
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Both of the mothers of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes appeared in the film in acting roles. These were Lady Rowlands and Katherine Cassavetes respectively. Both also appeared in the Rowlands-Cassavetes collaborations of Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974).
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Third and final of three collaborations of actor Ben Gazzara and writer-director John Cassavetes, the others being Husbands (1970) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), the latter being the only one that Cassavetes did not act in. The pair also both appeared in a non-Cassavetes written and directed movie, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969).
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The ninth feature film directed by John Cassavetes.
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One of eleven movies that John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands made together. The other films are A Child Is Waiting (1963), Faces (1968), Machine Gun McCain (1969), Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Two-Minute Warning (1976), Shadows (1959), Gloria (1980), Tempest (1982) and Love Streams (1984).
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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.
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