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A Woman Under the Influence


Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands View All


John Cassavetes (Director), John Cassavetes (Writer), John Cassavetes (Screenplay) View All

Released: Sep. 20th, 1974
Runtime: 2 hours, 35 minutes
Mabel Longhetti, desperate and lonely, is married to a Los Angeles municipal construction worker, Nick. Increasingly unstable, especially in the company of others, she craves happiness, but her extremely volatile behavior convinces Nick that she poses a danger to their family and decides to commit her to an institution for six months. Alone with a trio of kids to raise on his own, he awaits her return, which holds more than a few surprises.
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This film takes a different tack as we meet Mabel, a suburban housewife and mother of 3 played by Rowlands, whose mental issues initially appear to be something as simple as bipolar personality, something that can be dealt with via medication, but it is clear as we see Mabel interact in various social situations, that there are serious mental issues going on here, but for some reason, no one really wants to talk about it.