|Starring:||Juan Adames, Gena Rowlands|
|Genre:||Drama - General|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Aug 2005|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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MasterpieceBy Grimmy (31 reviews) from Up North , 08 Oct 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Cassavettes claimed to hate this film, which he made 'so his wife could act with a kid'. It is his most commercial work, which is probably one reason for his dislike, but the avant garde, improvised, uncompromising and often bleak outlook of his less commercial ventures is tempered here to make his vision much more accessible to a wider audience. I have seen it three times, when it first came out, ten years ago and now, and it gets better and better. The score is wonderful, , camera work is brilliant: fluid and tense, the pace is unrelenting, the tension is...well ..tense. Shot on the streets of New York, with no extras, just joe public, scenes and dialogue are improvised, and so many other filmakers have borrowed from this. Leon is the obvious example, Paris Texas is another, the mobsters here are the template for the Sopranos. Sure the kid is annoying - he's an annoying little kid. This is a great film. GREAT.
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Dated, but...By a customer , 23 Apr 2012Look out for the artwork by Romare Bearden during the opening title sequence. What follows is not special. The worthy theme of two stangers building a relationship from an inauspicious beginning is spoilt by clunky script and clunky acting. Dated, I suppose...
Child ruins the movieBy a customer , 12 Mar 2012Unfortunately the child ruins the movie. They should have made the child older. The kid looks awkward whenever he moves or speaks and generally annoying to watch. No wonder the kid was awarded a razzie.
Camera work is great - it's a shame about everything elseBy a customer , 03 Dec 2011The camera work is great - it's just a shame about everything else.
If you're going to cast a child, choose one who can act. If you're going to write dialogue for a child, try to write things a 6 year old might actually say. Tell your extras not to stare directly at the camera. Avoid cheesy endings. Hilariously incompetent gangsters should only appear in comedies. Incidental music should enhance the visuals not overpower them.
The script was so bad and the plot so predictable that it was impossible to engage with the characters.
Gina MagicBy buffyrules (335 reviews) from southend on sea , 20 May 2011Rowlands at her finest here so dominating, controlling but shows more and more heart as the film goes on. One of the best Casavettes films definitely.
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Ex Ganster Moll fights the mobBy vespucci9 (10 reviews) from London , 24 Jul 2010This 1980 film directed by John Cassavetes holds up well. The urban visuals and music score give an image of New York that's as memorable as Woody Allen's - but much seedier. Taxi drivers emerge as the unsung heroes in this vision of NY.
The story is straightforward and has been well summarised in other reviews here. What makes this film is Gena Rowland's stylish performance, for which she deservedly won an Academy Award Best Actress nomination. She is the reluctant saviour of a young mob hit survivor and it's the way their relationship develops whilst they are on the run that makes the film.
Rowlands delivers her hardbitten Chandleresque lines with real relish and credibility. 'You are so tough' her young charge Phil says admiringly at one point when she has shot or talked them out of trouble. Rowlands' ability to be tough and tender at the same time lifts this film from the average and makes it well worth the watching investment.