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Minnie & Moskowitz [VHS]

3.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Elsie Ames, Val Avery, Timothy Carey, Katherine Cassavetes, Seymour Cassel
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: October 19, 1999
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0764007521
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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"Before I met you, I thought I was in trouble," says moneyed museum worker Minnie (Gena Rowlands) to longhaired car park attendant Seymour (Seymour Cassel) over a hot dog and a coffee. Such is the basis of true love in Minnie and Moskowitz, a shaggy, unusually romantic comedy that is nonetheless pure John Cassavetes. After a long introductory sequence in which each character fills the screen with the rhythm of their respective lives, they meet when Seymour rescues Minnie from a blind date gone hopelessly bad. Minnie and Seymour have almost nothing in common--he's a talkative, spontaneous goof with quicksilver emotions, a dead-end job, and little ambition, she's a shy, insecure but sincere upper-class single in an abusive affair with a married man (an uncredited Cassavetes, insidiously charming and cruelly bullying). But they are both lonely romantics with a love of Bogart movies. As in most of Cassavetes's work, the script is less a story than a string of dramatic engagements colored with the quirks and emotional impulses of its characters, and he takes his time exploring the nooks and crannies of the volatile relationship. But amidst the shouting matches and frenzied fights are moments of quiet intimacy, and it turns into the most hopeful portrait of romantic love in the Cassavetes canon, complete with a sunny, uncharacteristically happy home movie ending. --Sean Axmaker

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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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By A Customer on 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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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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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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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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