A Woman Under the Influence

Synopsis: Peter Falk is a blue collar man trying to deal with his wife's mental instability. He fights to keep a semblance of normality in the face of her bizarre behavior, but when her actions affect their children, he has her committed.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Cassavetes
Production: Criterion Collection
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations.
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155 min

- [ Man Shouting ]

[ Man ]

Hey. Easy, easy, easy.

[ Chattering ]

[ Man ]

Keep walking. Keep moving.

Oh! Oh!

Vito, go out there and get 'em started.

I wanna talk to Eddie.

What's wrong?

You worried about somethin', Nick?

Yeah, yeah. He's got somethin'

on his mind.

Why don't you go.

I want to talk to him.

- Okay. But if you need a good ear.

- Right. Thanks.

- Come on. That's right.

- [ Chattering ]

I promised her on my life

I'd be home tonight.

I promised her that this night was gonna be

a love night, a special night, somethin'.

I didn't know this goddamn thing

was gonna happen.

Water main in the middle of the night.

Bet you didn't even call her.

I can't call her.

How am I gonna call her?

She already sent the kids

to her mother's.

She'll climb the walls,

break dishes, scream.

Mabel's a delicate, sensitive woman.

Mabel's not crazy.

She's unusual.

She's not crazy, so don't say she's crazy.

This woman cooks, sews,

makes the bed, washes the bathroom.

What the hell is crazy about that?

I don't understand what she's doing.

I admit that.

But I think I know.

She's mad at me.

- Well, call her.

- You see, there's something wrong

with her, Eddie.

- Call her.

- She's not like a normal person.

This woman, you know,

she could get hit by a car...

burn down the house.

jesus Christ.

I don't know what she can do.

[ Phone Rings ]

Hi, baby.

Listen, I'm in trouble down here.

The -The water main downtown here burst.

The thing busted.

The whole thing is busted...

and there's water all over the place.

So -

I'm down here now.

I love ya.

It's fine, Nick.

Please believe me. It's fine.

[ Sighs ]

You all right?


Baby, I'm gonna make this up to ya.

I'm not goin' to work tomorrow.

I'm gonna take the day off tomorrow,

and we're gonna be together tomorrow.

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John Cassavetes

John Nicholas Cassavetes (; December 9, 1929 – February 3, 1989) was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. Cassavetes was a pioneer of American independent film, writing and directing over a dozen movies, which he partially self-financed, and pioneered the use of improvisation and a cinéma vérité style. He also acted in many Hollywood films, notably Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). He studied acting with Don Richardson, utilizing an alternative technique to method acting which privileged character over traditional narrative. His income from acting made it possible for him to direct his own films independently.Cassavetes was nominated for three separate Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for The Dirty Dozen (1967), Best Original Screenplay for Faces (1968) and Best Director for A Woman Under the Influence (1974). His children Nick Cassavetes, Zoe Cassavetes, and Xan Cassavetes are also filmmakers. more…

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