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Opening Night (1977)

Cast: Charlie Picerni, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, more...
Director: John Cassavetes
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Studio: Geneon
Genre: Drama, Independent
Running Time: 144 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

John Cassavetes' Opening Night stars Gena Rowlands (Mrs. Cassavetes) as end-of-tether Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon. She is about to open in a play written by her old friend Sarah Goode (Joan Blondell), but a series of pre-show setbacks and disasters threaten to destroy not only the production but Myrtle's sanity. The actress is especially rattled when one of her staunchest fans dies in an accident. In the face of bleak reality, just how important is the old "show must go on" ethic? Supporting Gena Rowlands are such veterans of the New York-Hollywood shuttle as Ben Gazzara, Zohra Lampert, Paul Stewart, James Karen, and several friends and relatives of the principals. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

great film, crappy DVD by stoner March 1, 2006 - 10:44 AM PST
This is a rather low quality Pioneer edition of this film. In addition to having mediocre transfer (dull colors, hazy images), it is also a pan-and-scan job. Rent the Criterion edition instead (available on greencine as well).

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1977 DVD's: Filmmaking in the age of the Big Bells
My 1977 DVD wish list: The Lacemaker/New York, New York/ The Devil, Probably/Iphigenia/Citizen's Band/Julia/A Very Moral Night/This Sweet Sickness

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