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A Woman Under The Influence
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - John Cassavetes


Writer-director-actor John Cassavetes delivers an extremely gritty, unsentimental portrait of a troubled human existence.

Gena Rowlands is Mabel Longhetti, a slightly mad Italian-American housewife who has absolutely no understanding of herself, or her individuality, other than through her family. When her deep psychological unhappiness and repression spiral too far out of control one evening, she is committed to an institution by her fed-up husband (an intense Peter Falk of the TV series COLUMBO); yet she returns six months later in worse shape than when she left. Rowlands's performance earned her a well-deserved Oscar nomination; real-life husband Cassavetes's directing also garnered him the same. The film is an emotionally draining, powerful work that stands as a historic American achievement from a wholly original auteur and pioneer working in the earliest days of independent film.

Film Info

RUNTIME - 147 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1974

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

DVD Features:

Keep Case

Widescreen 1.85

Audio:

Dolby Digital 1.0 - English

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Director

John Cassavetes

Producer

Sam Shaw

Star(s)

Lady Rowlands

Star(s)

Peter Falk

Star(s)

Mario Gallo

Star(s)

Fred Draper

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Press

"...Oft-shattering....Uneasily lifelike..." -- 4 out of 4 stars

- Mike Clark, USA Today

"...A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE is perhaps the greatest of Cassavetes' films..."

- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

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