Seymour Moskowitz (Seymour Cassel) wanders aimlessly in New York, seeking love but finding only disappointment. At Los Angeles, museum curator Minnie Moore (Gena Rowlands) is also at a loose end. Moving to LA, Seymour finds work as a parking lot attendant and runs into Minnie as she flees a terrible lunch date. After defending Minnie from her disgruntled companion (Val Avery), Seymour finds himself unemployed and incapable of getting her out of his mind. Minnie tries in vain to separate herself from Seymour, while the latter persistently courts her, remaining baffled by the depth of his affection and surprised at her growing feelings for him.
Minnie & Moskowitz, John Cassavetes’ fifth feature is the first of his collaborations with Gena Rowlands to feature her in a leading role. The raw emotion of Cassavetes’ film-making style, pivoting on the great chemistry between Rowlands and Cassel, outlines this funny and exhilarating romance with powerful truth and great simplicity.
"The movie is sort of a fairy tale, Cassavetes says; it's dedicated to all the people who didn't marry the person they should have. It is a movie on the side of love, and it is one of the finest movies of the year" -- Chicago Sun-Times
"Takes the opportunity to have a dig at Hollywood and its phoney ideas of romance ... It is probably his warmest and most genial" -- Film4
"Captivatingly witty" -- Time Out
"The most accessible, and endearing example of his very exceptional art" -- TV Guide
Cast & Credits:
Gena Rowlands / Seymour Cassel / Val Avery / Timothy Carey / Katherine Cassavetes / Directed by John Cassavettes
New York Film Critics Circle Awards (1971), Won, Best Actress, Gena Rowlands
Writers Guild of America (1973), Nominated, Best Comedy
1971 / 114 minutes / English / Mono audio / 1.85 : 1 Colour / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD036