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A Woman under the Influence

Genres: Drama, Criterion Collection, 70s, Love / Intimacy, Mental Illness, Romantic Drama

Cast: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands

Director: John Cassavetes

Synopsis: John Cassavetes' devastating drama details the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family's struggle to save her from herself. Starring Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands (in two of the most harrowing screen performances of the 1970s) as a married couple deeply in love yet unable to express that love in terms the other can understand, the film is an uncompromising portrait of domestic turmoil. The Criterion Collection is proud to present one of the benchmark films of American independent cinema: a heroic document from a true maverick director.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1974


  • "Astonishingly true, sensitive, and poignant.", Richard Schickel
  • "One of the most original, moving, and enlightening dissections of marriage yet made.", The New York Times


  • 1974: Nominee, Oscar, Best Actress, Gena Rowlands, Academy
  • 1974: Nominee, Oscar, Best Director, John Cassavetes, Academy

 A Woman under the Influence
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