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An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her.

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Myrtle Gordon
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Maurice Aarons
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Manny Victor
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Sarah Goode
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David Samuels
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Dorothy Victor
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Nancy Stein
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Gus Simmons
Ray Powers ...
Jimmy
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Bobby
Louise Lewis ...
Kelly (as Louise Fitch)
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Leo
Katherine Cassavetes ...
Vivian
Lady Rowlands ...
Melva Drake
Carol Warren ...
Carla
Briana Carver ...
Lena
Angelo Grisanti ...
Charlie Spikes
Meade Roberts ...
Eddie Stein
Eleanor Zee ...
Sylvia Stein
David Rowlands ...
Doorman
Sharon Van Ivan ...
Shirley
Jimmy Christie ...
News Stand Operator
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Bellboy
Jimmy Joyce ...
Bartender
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Barmaid
Sylvia Davis Shaw ...
Hotel Maid
Peter Lampert ...
Maitre d'
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Audience Member (uncredited)
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Peter Bogdanovich (uncredited)
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Seymour Cassel (uncredited)
Robert Dassanowsky ...
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Peter Falk (uncredited)
Jana Howard ...
Young Girl (uncredited)
William Kramer ...
Rabbi (uncredited)
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Child Actor Playing Vito (uncredited)
Robert Leader ...
Larry Stein (uncredited)
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Crying Mourner (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Cassavetes

Written by

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John Cassavetes ... ()

Produced by

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Mike Lally ... associate producer (as Michael Lally)
Al Ruban ... producer
Sam Shaw ... executive producer

Music by

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Bo Harwood

Cinematography by

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Al Ruban

Film Editing by

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Tom Cornwell

Editorial Department

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Kathleen Barker ... post-production
Kent Beyda ... assistant editor
Hal Bowers ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Prometheus Patient

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Bryan Ryman

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Brian Ryman

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Aleka Corwin ... (as Alexandra Corwin-Hankin)

Production Management

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Edward Ledding ... production manager (as Ted Lenning)
Foster H. Phinney ... production manager

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Lisa Hallas-Gottlieb ... second assistant director (as Lisa Hallas)

Art Department

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Verna Bagby ... chief set construction
Richard Upper ... graphic artist
Robert Vehon ... property master
Abraham Zwick ... set construction assistant
Richard Upper ... main title design (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Crew Chamberlain ... boom operator
Bo Harwood ... sound
Joanne T. Harwood ... sound assistant
Bill Varney ... sound mixer
Joe Woo Jr. ... sound editor

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Jaime Fernandez ... rainmaker (uncredited)
Conrad Rothmann ... special effects crew (uncredited)

Stunts

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Donna Garrett ... stunts
Victor Paul ... stunt driver
Charlie Picerni ... stunt driver (as Charles Picerni)
Victor Paul ... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

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Pat Don Aroma ... best boy
Larry Baughman ... best boy
Catherine E. Coulson ... assistant camera
Donne Daniels ... gaffer
Larry Dean ... best boy
Frederick Elmes ... camera operator
Michael Ferris ... camera operator
Emmett O'Connell ... best boy
Joseph L. Rezwin ... gaffer
Son Robinson ... gaffer
Richard Ross ... gaffer
Jed Skillman ... assistant camera
Richard Upper ... still photographer
Dave Walker ... best boy
R. Michael Stringer ... additional photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charles Akins ... wardrober
Miles Ciletti ... wardrober

Location Management

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Jack Krupnick ... location manager

Music Department

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Lee Houskeeper ... musical consultant
Booker T. Jones ... conductor / music arranger / musical director

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Robert Bogdanoff ... production assistant
Esme Chandlee ... publicist
Tom Cornwell ... script supervisor
Arlene Harris ... production secretary
Michelle Hart ... production secretary
Susan Howell ... production accountant
Adria Later ... teacher/welfare worker
Eve Siegel ... publicist
Teresa Stokovic ... production coordinator
Sharon Van Ivan ... assistant to producer
Raymond Vellucci ... production assistant
Rick Schmidlin ... production assistant (uncredited) / production runner (uncredited)

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Harland Sanders ... thanks (as Colonel Sanders)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Noche de estreno (Spain)
  • Премиера (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Noite de Estréia (Brazil)
  • Premiärkvällen (Sweden)
  • Nyhta premieras (Greece)
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  • 144 min
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Trivia In a 1978 television interview, Cassavetes said this was the best film he had anything to do with. See more »
Goofs A bus rolls by the New Haven theater with an ad for KBIG FM 104, a Los Angeles station. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in All About My Mother (1999). See more »
Quotes Maurice Aarons: I thought that small talk was too small, I thought big talk was too pretentious, I thought music was noise, and I thought art was bullshit.
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