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Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)

A museum curator falls in love with a crazy parking attendant.


John Cassavetes


John Cassavetes
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Complete credited cast:
Gena Rowlands ... Minnie
Seymour Cassel ... Moskowitz
Val Avery ... Zelmo Swift
Timothy Carey ... Morgan Morgan (as Tim Carey)
Katherine Cassavetes Katherine Cassavetes ... Sheba Moskowitz
Elizabeth Deering Elizabeth Deering ... Girl
Elsie Ames Elsie Ames ... Florence
Lady Rowlands Lady Rowlands ... Georgia Moore
Holly Near ... Irish
Judith Roberts ... Wife
Jack Danskin Jack Danskin ... Dick Henderson
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ... Mrs. Grass
Sean Joyce Sean Joyce ... Ned
David Rowlands ... Minister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darren Moloney Darren Moloney ... Jim's Son


Minnie breaks up with her married boyfriend and becomes disillusioned. However, she begins to learn that there is hope for love and romance in a desperate world when she meets a crazy car-parker named Seymour. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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One of seven cinema movie collaborations of Seymour Cassel as an actor and John Cassavetes as a writer-director. The films are Faces (1968), Shadows (1958), Love Streams (1984), Opening Night (1977), Too Late Blues (1961), Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976). See more »


When Moskowitz is carrying Minnie in the living room, she has a lit cigarette in her hand. After he carries her upstairs to her bedroom and puts her down on the bed, she has no cigarette in her hand. See more »


Seymour Moskowitz: I think about you so much, I forget to go to the bathroom!
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References Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) See more »


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It's okay to be crazy.
4 May 2008 | by madmaxmediaSee all my reviews

Life is crazy. You're crazy, I'm crazy, we're all crazy. We're all a little bit Minnie, and a little bit Moskowitz. Sometimes it does seem best to be sensible...but then what might you be missing out on?

You gotta be you. You don't have to park cars and semi-randomly yell at people, but you can't hide yourself behind a veil (or dark sunglasses) and pretend and act like everything is okay. And sometimes, you really do have to throw caution to the wind, because why else are you alive?

I'm not going to 'rate' this love compared to Cassavetes' other movies, because they are all absolutely 100% unique works and each their own individual act of expression and exploration of our lives. In that sense they are all great, and comparisons are odious. For sure, this movie has that one crazy, sometimes maddening, but ultimately wonderful and freeing quality that all his movies have- you never know what's going to happen next, and you never know what the characters are going to think, do, or feel next. Neither do the characters themselves- and do we really want to live our lives any other way? Unlike Moskowitz, you can have a great job and judiciously sock away money into your IRA, but still live the life of an adventurer inside- in your feelings, your spirit, and your very experience of life. Yeah, we can have it both ways, that's what Cassavetes shows us. Thank God somebody did.

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Release Date:

21 July 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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