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Husbands (1970)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  8 December 1970 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Harry
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Archie Black
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Gus Demetri
Jenny Runacre ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Trivia

The journey of the flight path that the three husbands took went from New York, USA to London, England. 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 »

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References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

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Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
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Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Gwen Van Dam
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"Jazz" acting
20 March 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Cassavetes film is like good jazz music: both are largely improvisational with the actor/musicians playing off each other. With Cassavetes, a basic written theme is provided and the actors embellish upon it; rhythms, tempos and emotional counterpoint are deftly manipulated. In HUSBANDS, Cassavetes is the bandleader, and Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara prove themselves to be two of the best "jazz actors" ever. HUSBANDS is "a guy film." Women have their "girl films," but here's one for we men (and for women who want to understand men). Cassavetes, Falk and Gazzara play three best friends who have just lost their fourth to a sudden death. The surviving three, all 40-something, run away from their marriages, jobs and other shackles for a few days in search of themselves, meaning, purpose. Along the way, we are intimately exposed to their fears, dreams, passions, disgusts, and their love for each other (expertly depicted male bonding: guys who understand each others' emotions, with masculinity remaining intact). Perhaps no other filmmaker/actor combo than Cassavetes and his "company" of actors have ever succeeded as well at depicting so uncompromisingly life's emotional truth. Mind you, Cassavetes' style and camera paints in broad loose strokes, so be forewarned if you dislike a hand-held shaky camera and sometimes out-of-focus shots as the camera operator tries to follow the improvising actor. But HUSBANDS has far less of this than, say, Cassavetes' FACES. And this is not all a downer film; there's much humor, too, in its sometimes bittersweet mood (for example, the Countess scene: "take your hand off my hand") All in all, and though a little long, a great film; well worth the time.


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