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Opening Night
Opening Night
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3,045 Ratings

OPENING NIGHT

Directed by John Cassavetes
United States, 1977
Drama

Synopsis

Actress Myrtle Gordon is a functioning alcoholic who is a few days from the opening night of her play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. After one of Myrtle’s fans is killed in a car accident while trying to get her attention, she internalizes the tragedy and goes on a spiritual quest.

Synopsis

Actress Myrtle Gordon is a functioning alcoholic who is a few days from the opening night of her play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. After one of Myrtle’s fans is killed in a car accident while trying to get her attention, she internalizes the tragedy and goes on a spiritual quest.

Our take

All the world is a stage, and all the men and women are in a perpetual state of crisis in John Cassavetes’s soul-baring portrait of the acting life. Supporting Gena Rowlands’s electrifying performance is the legendary Joan Blondell, whose presence draws a profound link between Old and New Hollywood.