A Woman Under The Influence


A Woman Under The Influence Review

John Cassavetes' pioneering independent film represents a hallmark of the indie scene, but at its heart is an excellent story told exceedingly badly. Low production values (bad focus, etc.) can be forgiven, but a rambling, 2 1/2 hour, directionless pace can not. Cassavetes cast wife Gena Rowlands as a clearly-going-insane woman, earning her an Oscar nomination. The story of her fall, rise, and fall again is vaguely reminiscent of Long Day's Journey Into Night.

Cassavetes gets credit for the homage this picture still is paid. The monotone piano music is hauntingly similar to that in Eyes Wide Shut. Remember that music and be warned: Even on DVD, this picture has the worst sound I've ever heard on a feature film. Shame on the studio for not cleaning it up for the digital release.

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A Woman Under The Influence

Facts and Figures

Run time: 155 mins

In Theaters: Monday 18th November 1974

Distributed by: Criterion Collection

Production compaines: Faces International Films


Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 19 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 8.2 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Nick Longhetti, as Mabel Longhetti, Fred Draper as George Mortensen, Lady Rowlands as Martha Mortensen, Katherine Cassavetes as Margaret Longhetti, Matthew Laborteaux as Angelo Longhetti, Matthew Cassel as Tony Longhetti, Christina Grisanti as Maria Longhetti, O.G. Dunn as Garson Cross, Mario Gallo as Harold Jensen, Eddie Shaw as Dr. Zepp

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