Peter Falk is a blue collar man trying to deal with his wife's mental instability. He fights to keep a semblance of normality in the face of her bizarre behavior, but when her actions affect their children, he has her committed.Written by
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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 »
A fascinating study of mental illness, "A Woman Under the Influence" rests on two strengths - the spectacular performances by Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands, and Cassavetes's groundbreaking style of direction. Everything about this movie is so real and honest. It feels like a home movie or a documentary looking into the lives of some very real people. Most films feel the need to dramatize and stylize the story. This film paints the picture exactly the way it is. Some people may be bothered by the direction, but, like it or not, you can't deny Cassavetes's talent.
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