Windows (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gordon Willis
Produced by Mike Lobell
Written by Barry Siegel
Starring Talia Shire
Joseph Cortese
Elizabeth Ashley
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Gordon Willis
Edited by Barry Malkin
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
January 18, 1980 (1980-01-18)
Running time
96 minutes
Language English
Box office $2,128,395

Windows is a 1980 thriller starring Talia Shire, Joseph Cortese and Elizabeth Ashley, directed by Gordon Willis.


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.


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]


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.[1] 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." [2]

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert selected the film as one of their "dogs of the year" in a 1980 episode of Sneak Previews.[3]

Gordon Willis admitted the film had been a mistake,[4]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'".[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominated: Worst Picture
Nominated: Worst Screenplay
Nominated: Worst Actress (Talia Shire)
Nominated: Worst Supporting Actress (Elizabeth Ashley)
Nominated: Worst Director (Gordon Willis)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The celluloid closet s
  2. ^ Kendall R. Phillips, Controversial Cinema: The Films That Outraged America. ABC-CLIO, 2008 ISBN 1567207243, (p.35).
  3. ^ Sneak Previews: Worst of 1980
  4. ^ Feeney, Mark. "A Study in Contrasts", The Boston Globe, 14 January 2007. Quoted on NPR affiliate Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  5. ^ Peary, Gerald. "Gerald Peary: Gordon Willis", Boston Phoenix, August 2003. Retrieved 2011-03-04.