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Husbands (1970)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 8 December 1970 (USA)
A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mary Tynan
Jenny Lee Wright ...
Pearl Billingham
Noelle Kao ...
Julie
John Kullers ...
Red
Meta Shaw Stevens ...
Annie (as Meta Shaw)
Leola Harlow ...
Leola
Delores Delmar ...
The Countess
Eleanor Zee ...
Mrs. Hines
Claire Malis ...
Stuart's Wife
Peggy Lashbrook ...
Diana Mallabee
Eleanor Cody Gould ...
'Normandy' Singer
Sarah Felcher ...
Sarah
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A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived. Written by Fabrizio Sabidussi

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A comedy about life, death and freedom

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including sexual situations, language, drunkenness, and brief domestic violence | See all certifications »
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8 December 1970 (USA)  »

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Husbands: A Comedy About Life, Death and Freedom  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 11 to 16 minutes time cut from the film's original 154 minute running time has been restored for the film's DVD release. See more »

Quotes

Gus Demetri: [Waiting while Harry is at home taking a shower] That's the difference between him and us.
Archie Black: If my wife opens her mouth to me about anything, I finish that fast. I walk in there...
Gus Demetri: You're right.
Archie Black: I know I'm right. And I spell it out. And that's what you have to do.
Gus Demetri: Right. That's what you have to do.
Archie Black: I'm not going to shower for her. If I want to stink, I'll stink. That's my privilege, and I'm not showering for him.
[pointing at Harry's home]
Gus Demetri: Right.
Archie Black: I wouldn't shower for you.
Gus Demetri: Don't.
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Crazy Credits

There are no closing credits and no "THE END" title card. The screen just goes black. In the opening credits, everyone involved in the film (even the "little people") are credited on two "tell all" title cards, right on down from the actors to the grips, a total of 82 credits. See more »

Connections

References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Powell
Lyrics by George Asaf
Sung a cappella by an unidentified woman
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One of Cass' Best!
11 August 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

One of Cassavetes 3 best (along with FACES and A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE). Middle-class successful husbands turning 40 are frightened after the death of another good buddy. They carouse, drink, swear, pick up women, fly to London, and basically show their camaraderie while inside they're dying a slow death (especially B. Gazzara). All performances are phenomenal, especially Gazzara, and Jenny Runacre in London gives a lovely nuanced characterization as the woman Cass hooks up with for a night of fun.

Cassavetes was one of our best and sorely underappreciated by most Americans. A real crime! It may seem long (especially the bar scene), but he didn't make ENTERTAINMENT as he so often said. He cared about people and relationships and their frustrations and disappointments. Don't miss this one!


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