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on 23 September 2009
CASSAVETES ( director only ) - ROWLANDS - FALK, IN GREAT MOMENTS !! Yoy will realize what it means realy caltural cinema. You will also understand why Cassavetes is called the "father" of American Independed cinema. Yoy will enjoy PETER FALK ( such a great actor ) and you will be astonished by the performance of Gena Rowlands. If you watch carefully you'll notice 2 more Columbo actors....
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on 10 May 2012
A wonderfully-written script,tight directing and award-winning acting keeps this film fresh after many years. It is definitely worth watching repeatedly.
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on 23 May 2017
great
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on 5 August 2008
Gena Rowlands gives a powerful performance of a woman who ...well its easy to say she has mental problems as she flits between despair and euphoria, walks along lost in her own world, drinks herself stupid and can hardly string a sentence together while desperately trying to convey her feelings to her husband, and then eventually gets forcibly sectioned. When I first saw this film I let myself make some easy assumptions, just like the characters outside the husband/wife central relationship then Cassavettes delivers the gut punch at the end of the film and I suddenly realised what was going on, *BEWARE SPOILER*, Rowlands is having a nervous breakdown and although she loves her husband its his domestic and mental abuse that has put her the way that she is. A Woman Under the Influence, you see it now, I watched the film again with different eyes. All the performances are top rate and if you've never known someone who's having a nervous breakdown then watch this and take note.
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on 13 March 2013
The plot for the less intelligent viewer to understand..... Gena Rowlands character has a breakdown that affects the relationship between her and her husband (Peter Falk - excellent). She is taken away to a mental faculty and returns for the last part of the film. Rowlands was deservedly oscar nominated for her fine performance. A 70's classic by John Cassavetes.
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on 22 May 2017
fair
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on 20 September 2016
MASTERPIECE FROM A MAVERICK DIRECTOR!
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on 8 January 2017
Great performance from Gena Rowlands
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on 19 September 2015
Excellent-£10- well worth it
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on 6 July 2014
WHEN I BOUGHT THIS DRAMATIC MOVIE, IT WAS BECAUSE I KNEW THE LADY FILMSTAR'S DIRECTOR-HUSBAND JOHN CASAVETES WOULD BE BOUND TO SERVE US UP A PROPER TREAT. A THING THAT HE'D BEEN LONG-CAPABLE OF, AND HE DID'NT HALF MANAGE IT HERE, WITH HIS PROFOUNDLY COURAGEOUS EXPLORATION INTO HOW DOMESTIC RELATIONSHIPS ARE ALTERED PROFOUNDLY IN THE HOME WHEN MENTAL ILLNESS STARTS TO FORM, LEAVING HER HUSBAND PLAYED BY PETER FALK UNABLE TO COPE OR RETRIEVE HER FROM ITS HELL AND HALUCINATORY SELF TORMENT. EXPECT NO SOAP-OPERA HERE. JUST WONDERFUL ACTING FROM A CAST GROPING FOR REASON WHILE IT OBLITERATES EVERYBODY. THOUGH THE FILM GOT A NOMINATION AT THE 1974 HOLLIWOOD OSCARS, IT WAS DE-MERITTED. MARKED DOWN, FOR BEING TOO BRUTALLY LIFELIKE. YET THE FILM GUIDES YOU, AND SOMEHOW YOU STAY WITH IT. IT DOESNT QUITE DIPRESS YOU. INSTEAD, IT COMPELLS YOU ON, TO WATCH. BUT THATS CASAVETES
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