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Opening Night (1977)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 April 1978 (Sweden)
A renowned actress teeters on the edge of a breakdown as she counts down the days toward a big Broadway opening.

Director:

John Cassavetes

Writer:

John Cassavetes
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ray Powers ... Jimmy
John Finnegan ... Bobby
Louise Lewis ... Kelly (as Louise Fitch)
Fred Draper ... Leo
Katherine Cassavetes Katherine Cassavetes ... Vivian
Lady Rowlands Lady Rowlands ... Melva Drake
Carol Warren Carol Warren ... Carla
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Storyline

A young woman gets killed in an accident trying to meet her favorite actress Myrtle Gordon after a play. Then Myrtle Gordon felt responsible for the killing leading her down to an emotional crisis that interferes with her professional work as an actress. Written by Chemi González <chemi01@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

A bus rolls by the New Haven theater with an ad for KBIG FM 104, a Los Angeles station. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Stein: I never bothered you. You want to kill me. I devoted my life to you. To movies. To music. To theater. I'm 17 years old. I like sex. I like to turn people on. And that's what the theater is: sex. It's like getting laid.
Myrtle Gordon: Um, what did you do to her?
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Connections

Featured in Gena Rowlands: A Life on Film (2018) See more »

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Debunking the Myth of Improvisation
1 December 2004 | by Pokerface11See all my reviews

Opening Night is my favorite Cassavetes, and I feel it is my duty to debunk the notion that those or any of his films aside from Shadows was strictly improvised. In fact, his films were tightly scripted after actor improvisation was used to contribute to his ideas. The coherence of a film like Opening Night, the development of the themes of aging, vanity, and hope, could not just spring from the improvisational head of even the very fine actors in the movie. If you pay attention to the dialogue (outside of the lines in the play), it is obvious that much care was taken to craft them (e.g., the scene where Myrtle explains to the playwright what problems she is having with the character and script).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1978 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Opening Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,491, 19 May 1991

Gross USA:

$23,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,488
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Faces Distribution See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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