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Minnie & Moskowitz (1979)

Elsie Ames , Val Avery  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Elsie Ames, Val Avery, Timothy Carey, Katherine Cassavetes, Seymour Cassel
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305759332
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Minnie & Moskowitz" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Great, entertaining Cassavettes classic.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introduction to the world of Cassavetes October 23, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
A little-seen treasure. I believe that this is the first official release on video, so this wonderful film can finally be seen other than on the late night movie or the occasional film festival. A charming, offbeat love story of the unlikely romance between a WASPy, middle class museum curator (Rowlands) and a slightly wacky hippie parking lot attendant (Cassel), this is one of Cassavetes' most satisfying works. Rowlands is terrific as usual, and Cassel is also great. He's one of the most underappreciated actors of the late twentieth century. The two are an odd combination, but somehow it works. Some scenes are hilarious, particularly an early date scene between Rowlands and the great Val Avery as an overzealous potential suitor. It's been said that Cassavetes couldn't do comedy, but you can't tell it from watching this movie. Minnie and Moskowitz is a great introduction to Cassavetes. It manages to be light hearted and comedic, while retaining the strong characterizations, dramatic depth, and offbeat feel of his more serious films. Four and 1/2 stars (rounded up to five). Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely April 20, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
All Cassavetes movies are worthwhile, and those with Gena Rowlands in them are doubly so. I'm awfully surprised to see this out on video as it has been particularly difficult to see over the years. I wouldn't suggest it to someone who has never seen a Cassavetes film before. Although it is particularly lighthearted for him, I don't think it would make a particularly good introduction. The film is odd, odd, odd... The characters really do seem pretty darned mismatched, but you wind up happy to see them together after getting to know them. It contains one of Cassavetes lovelier non-endings, too... I am flabbergasted that this and "Husbands" both managed to make it out on video before "Love Streams", though... Now THAT would make the perfect intro to Cassavetes I think, if you could make sure the introducee sat through at least the first 30-minutes. "Minnie and Moskowitz" is likely to leave the uninitiated a bit intrigued, but mainly puzzled.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Minnie and Moskowitz is an unusual love story that has a very unique feeling to it right from the start. Minnie Moore is a pretty blond woman that works in a museum. Seymour Moskowitz is a parking lot attendant that is a bit of a goofball. Seymour's chance encounter with Minnie is love at first sight, but now he has to convince her to feel the same. Minnie is romantic at heart, but isn't sure if she believes in love so Seymour has quite a challenge.

If the romance between Seymour and Minnie could be compared to the sound of violin music, it would be the type that hurts your ears. They have a very rocky romance that is one roller coaster of a ride. It doesn't help that their personas clash a bit. Minnie has a sophisticated presence while Seymour may be headstrong; he isn't as polished as her.

Nearly all the characters are odd, but in a captivating way. You wouldn't think of anyone in the movie as really being crazy, but they certainly are unusual. Part of what gives the movie its magical feeling is the conversations these people have, which border on the philosophical side.

The emotion and drama that is part of this story may put off some viewers. There is a lot of yelling by a lot of the people in this film. What may repulse viewers even more is the violence. Minnie takes and gives some hits in her relationships. It is all part of the story, but may get on your nerves too. Despite this, everything ties together well at the end and finishes in a way that I enjoyed. The final message is one of hope and it makes the crazy ride all worthwhile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Many consider Cassavetes to be the father of American Independent Film. So, it's about time more of his film's are released to video. Minnie and Moskowitz is one of my favorites. Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel are uniquely genuine actors and their chemistry is exciting. It's a fun comic film yet still insightful. It is lighter than most of Cassavetes work. Therefore, it should appeal to a wider audience than, perhaps, Love Streams, which, I feel, is his best film. Unfortunately, Love Streams is currently unavailable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this movie made me love gena rowlands May 12, 2006
Format:DVD
before seeing this movie i never knew who gena rowlands was(that was about 15 years ago) since then i have seen most of her film work and she is the lovliest actress since ingrid bergman.i really enjoyed this funny and realistic movie about 2 misfits looking for love. i especially loved the scene where seymor(cassel) cuts off his mustache! rowlands expression is priceless!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is love? December 11, 2001
Format:DVD
Is Moskowitz out of his mind? What's wrong with Minnie?
Cassavetes teaches us that love might not appear as we want it to; as "a knight in shining armor" or "Sleeping Beauty". Instead, love transcends fantansy, and may manifest itself as something strange and unfamiliar. It is a REAL emotion, a grounded, earthy emotion, that moves us to do and to act in ways "uncharacteristic" of ourselves; spontaneous and eccentric (Moskowitz), or, when we long for it, love can make us feel small and desperate (Minnie). In addition, Cassavetes uses love as the impetus in proving how complex we can be; the degrees of our humanity in infinite shades: frustration, anger, passion, doubt, etc. Without going into detail about the film I would like to add that I've recently finished "Cassavetes On Cassavetes", a book about the filmmaker and his films, and it brilliantly gives fans a greater understanding of his films; that they are explorations of humanity, and a plethora of reasons why Cassavetes is regarded as a pioneer in the world of independent film. I highly recommend this film, and this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars PAL format will not play on any of my DVD players!
This DVD is All region, but it is in the PAL format which very few U.S. DVD players will recognize. Huge disappointment. I can only play this DVD on my laptop. Read more
Published 11 months ago by samuraireview
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work in dvd player
I have bought this twice with the same result...it won't play in any of my dvd players. For some reason it will play on my computer. Read more
Published 18 months ago by JM
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny movie, and a personal story about the location
I lived in Hollywood in 1971 when this movie was released, and was looking for a new apartment. I noticed that the character Minnie was shown as living in a building I recognized... Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. Plaia
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
This movie is one of my all time favorites that I can watch repeatedly. The acting is superb and the writing and direction is amazing. I'm glad I purchased this product. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Cult Classic Romantic Comedy!!!
I love this movie! I wish it would be re-released on DVD because all I have now is the VHS version of it. Read more
Published on April 28, 2009 by Joyce D. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone know the song played at the end?
Loved the movie...
The theater shut off the credits before I could learn what the name of the song was playing at the end of the film, during the celebration. Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by Benjamin W. Seeder
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
It's often said by his boosters, that Cassavetes' films are about truth. Well, putting aside the manifest fallacy that any art can be `truth', even were one to accept that premise,... Read more
Published on September 14, 2008 by Cosmoetica
4.0 out of 5 stars Minnie & Moskowitz
Funny, quirky movie. Great performances by Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel. Captures the feel of 70s Los Angeles. You'll be glad you watched it.
Published on August 15, 2008 by Steve Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate tim carrey scene
a great, great movie. seymour cassell and gena rowlands light up the screen together. i wish this movie were made more available. Read more
Published on June 7, 2007 by jordan rothers
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time
I HAVE NO IDEA WHY JOHN CASSAVETES IS CONSIDERED A GREAT FILMMAKER. Forgive me for yelling, but I just wasted almost two hours watching people YELL and fight about nothing. Read more
Published on March 31, 2007 by L. Kentala
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