Opening Night

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  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1977
  • Running time: 144 min
While in the midst of rehearsals for her latest play, Broadway actor Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, after which she begins to confront the chaos of her own life. Headlined by a virtuoso performance... read more
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While in the midst of rehearsals for her latest play, Broadway actor Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, after which she begins to confront the chaos of her own life. Headlined by a virtuoso performance by Rowlands, John Cassavetes’s Opening Night lays bare the drama of a performer who, at great personal cost, makes a part her own, and it functions as a metaphor for the director’s singular, wrenched-from-the-heart creative method.

Original Release

12/22/1977

US Release

12/22/1977

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Cast

Gena Rowlands Myrtle Gordon
John Cassavetes Maurice Aarons
Ben Gazzara Manny Victor
Joan Blondell Sarah Goode
Paul Stewart David Samuels
Laura Johnson Nancy Stein
John Tuell Gus Simmons
Zohra Lampert Dorothy Victor
Ray Powers Jimmy
John Finnegan Bobby
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Cassavetes

Writers

John Cassavetes

Cast

Gena Rowlands Myrtle Gordon
John Cassavetes Maurice Aarons
Ben Gazzara Manny Victor
Joan Blondell Sarah Goode
Paul Stewart David Samuels
Laura Johnson Nancy Stein
John Tuell Gus Simmons
Zohra Lampert Dorothy Victor
Ray Powers Jimmy
John Finnegan Bobby
Louise Lewis Kelly (as Louise Fitch) / Kelly
Fred Draper Leo
Katherine Cassavetes Vivian
Briana Carver Lena
Angelo Grisanti Charlie Spikes
Meade Roberts Eddie Stein
Jimmy Christie News Stand Operator
James Karen Bellboy
Jimmy Joyce Bartender
Sherry Bain Barmaid

Producers

Sam Shaw Executive Producer
Michael Lally Producer
Al Ruban Producer
Sam Shaw Producer
Mike Lally Producer

Editors

Tom Cornwell

1978Golden GlobeBest Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1978Golden GlobeBest Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Nominated
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