Minnie and Moskowitz

Minnie and Moskowitz is a 1971 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes, and starring his wife Gena Rowlands and actor Seymour Cassel in the title roles of Minnie and Moskowitz, respectively.

Minnie and Moskowitz
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Cassavetes
Written byJohn Cassavetes
StarringGena Rowlands
Seymour Cassel
Val Avery
Timothy Carey
Katherine Cassavetes
Lady Rowlands
John Cassavetes
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 22, 1971 (1971-12-22)
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited States


Following a break-up, Minnie Moore, a museum curator, becomes disillusioned by love and meaningful relationships. But after a chance encounter, she meets Seymour Moskowitz, a parking-lot attendant. After this event, Moskowitz falls in love with Minnie, trying desperately to get her to love him back.



It was one of a small number of low-budget (less than $1 million) films bankrolled by Universal Studios in the early 70s, in an attempt to copy the success of Easy Rider. Several months after the film's release, Universal Studios decided to shorten the running time by cutting out a scene near the beginning of the film, even though it violated their contract with Cassavetes.[citation needed] All releases (including the Anchor Bay DVD) since that time are missing this scene.


The film received generally positive reviews. In 1973, Cassavetes was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen.

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