Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gordon Willis|
|Produced by||Mike Lobell|
|Written by||Barry Siegel|
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Edited by||Barry Malkin|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|January 18, 1980|
Willis was the cinematographer of some of the most acclaimed films of the 1970s, among them The Godfather (and its sequel, The Godfather Part II), All the President's Men, Annie Hall and others. This would be his only attempt at directing a movie.
Emily Hollander (Shire) is the subject of a lesbian obsession at the hands of Andrea Glassen (Ashley), her next-door neighbor. As Emily begins dating detective Bob Luffrono (Cortese), Andrea overflows with jealousy, spying on Hollander through her own window.
- Talia Shire as Emily Hollander
- Joseph Cortese as Bob Luffrono
- Elizabeth Ashley as Andrea Glassen
- Kay Medford as Ida Marx
- Michael Gorrin as Sam Marx
- Russell Horton as Steven Hollander
- Michael Lipton as Dr. Marin
- Rick Petrucelli as Obecny
- Ron Ryan as Detective Swid
- Linda Gillen as Police Woman
- Tony DiBenedetto as Nick
- Bryce Bond as Voice-over
- Ken Chapin as Renting Agent
- Marty Greene as Ira
- Bill Handy as Desk Officer
- Robert Hodge as Desk Sergeant
- Kyle Scott Jackson as Detective
- Pat McNamara as Doorman
- Gerry Vichi as Ben
- Ilana Rapp as Student (uncredited)
The film was the subject of many protests from gay rights activists who accused the film of being homophobic and resorting to hateful stereotypes of lesbians. David Denby attacked the film, saying "Windows exists only in the perverted fantasies of men who hate lesbians so much they will concoct any idiocy in order to slander them." 
Gordon Willis admitted the film had been a mistake,and later said of directing that he didn't really like it. "I've had a good relationship with actors," he reflected, "but I can do what I do and back off. I don't want that much romancing. I don't want them to call me up at two in the morning saying, 'I don't know who I am'".
Awards and nominations
- Nominated: Worst Picture
- Nominated: Worst Screenplay
- Nominated: Worst Actress (Talia Shire)
- Nominated: Worst Supporting Actress (Elizabeth Ashley)
- Nominated: Worst Director (Gordon Willis)
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