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Husbands -- Husbands, 1971 Golden Globes nominee for best screenplay, follows three middle-aged husbands, with wives and houses in the New York suburbs, who go on a wild spree after a close friend dies of a heart attack.


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Release Date:
8 December 1970 (USA) See more »
A comedy about life, death and freedom
A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ben Gazzara ... Harry

Peter Falk ... Archie Black

John Cassavetes ... 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
Bill Britten
Arthur Clark

Gwen Van Dam ... Gwen - "Jeanie" Singer
John Armstrong ... "Happy Birthday" Singer
Charles Gaines (as Chas. Gaines)
Antoinette Kray ... "Jesus Loves Me" Singer
Lorraine MacMartin ... Annie's Mother (as Lorraine Macmartin)
Carinthia West ... Susanna
Edgar Franken ... Ed Weintraub
Joseph Boley ... Minister (as Joe Boley)
Judith Lowry ... Stuart's Grandmother
Joseph Hardy ... Shanghai Lil (as Joe Hardy)
Fred Draper
David Rowlands ... Stuart Jackson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nick Cassavetes ... Nick (uncredited)

Xan Cassavetes ... Xan (uncredited)
Marilyn Clark ... (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Crowd (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Hippy at Roundhouse (uncredited)

Rick Lester ... Man on train (uncredited)
Anne O'Donnell ... Nurse (uncredited)
Rhonda Parker ... Margaret (uncredited)
Ellen Stretton ... (uncredited)
K.C. Townsend ... Barmaid (uncredited)
Gena Wheeler ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cassavetes 
Writing credits
John Cassavetes (written by)

Produced by
Al Ruban .... producer
Sam Shaw .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography) (as Victor Kemper)
Film Editing by
John Cassavetes (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Robert Laden .... makeup artist: New York (as Robt. Laden)
Tommie Manderson .... makeup artist: London (as Tommy Manderson)
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... production supervisor (as Fred Caruso)
Robert Greenhut .... production manager: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Hinkly .... assistant director: London (as Simon Hinkley)
Alan Hopkins .... assistant director: New York
Philip Mead .... assistant director: London
Art Department
Rene D'Auriac .... art director: New York
Robert Hamlin .... scenic artist: New York (as Robt. Hamlin)
Henry Newman .... props
Thomas Saccio .... props: New York (as Tom Saccio)
Edie Shaw .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Barry Copland .... sound: London (as Barrie Copeland)
Dennis Maitland .... sound: New York
James Perdue .... sound recordist (uncredited)
James Perdue .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Chapman .... camera operator: New York (as Mike Chapman)
Len Crowe .... gaffer: London (as L. Crow)
Geoff Glover .... camera operator: London
Edward Gold .... assistant camera: New York (as Eddie Gold)
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator: New York (as Rich Mingalone)
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer: New York (as Rich Quinlan)
Teddy Tucker .... key grip: London (as T. Tucker)
Joseph Williams .... key grip: New York
Casting Department
Tom Busby .... casting: London
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Brennan .... wardrobe: New York (as Edward Brennan)
Lewis Brown .... costume designer: New York (as L. Brown)
Shura Cohen .... wardrobe: London
Joseph W. Dehn .... wardrobe: New York (as Joe Dehn)
Dennis Frun .... wardrobe: London
Editorial Department
Tom Cornwell .... assistant editor (as Tom Cornwal)
Robert Heffernan .... post-production editor (as Robt. Heffernan)
Peter Tanner .... supervising editor
Jack Woods .... post-production editor
Music Department
Jack Ackerman .... musical director: London
Ray Brown .... composer: additional music, London
Stanley Wilson .... musical director: London
Other crew
Fred Draper .... dialogue supervisor: New York
James Joyce .... coordinator
Peggy Lashbrook .... continuity: London
Joe Lustig .... publicist
Henry Newman .... effects
Nancy Norman .... continuity: New York
Kevin O'Driscoll .... accountant
Al Ruban .... presenter
Bert Schneiderman .... controller
Sam Shaw .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Husbands: A Comedy About Life, Death and Freedom" - USA (complete title)
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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including sexual situations, language, drunkenness, and brief domestic violence (re-rating)
Japan:131 min | USA:138 min (original release) | USA:131 min (TV version: Sony Pictures Television print) | 154 min (San Francisco Film Festival) | West Germany:142 min (dubbed version: TV)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating)
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Did You Know?

The film's subtitle was "a comedy about life, death and freedom", which if considered as part of the film's long or complete title, "Husbands - A Comedy About Life, Death & Freedom", as show-business trade paper 'Variety' reported with its review, makes the title at 8 words long the John Cassavetes film with the longest title of all, even longer than A Woman Under the Influence (1974) (5 words) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) (6 words).See more »
Gus Demetri:Don't believe truth. Archie, just don't believe truth.See more »
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A movie that every man and woman should see..., 3 May 2001
Author: Aidil from Malaysia

I wouldn't say that this is my favourite Cassavetes movie. That changes almost every week. But I can very safely say that this is his most profound and the one that everyone should see. Why? Because here he explores things that almost any human being would encounter at some point in their lives. And my, my, did he do it with such painful precision and beauty or what? The questions that this movie asks are actually simple. But I don't think that many people actually take time to ask themselves these questions, let alone deal with them. The movie simply asks us questions like what would marriage entail? What will it be like 20 or 30 years down the line? Are you truly prepared to face what marriage would entail? And the movie doesn't even provide any answers to these questions. But, chances are you would be glad that you actually saw the movie. It may be appallingly difficult to take at first. The first 30 or so minutes are just as crazy as the first 20 minutes or so of Faces(another Cassavetes masterpiece). But stick around and you'll be surprised at how touching and profound the film is. You'll be forced to think about things that you would rather not think about, sure. But you'll be thankful later that you actually did think about those things. Or at the very least you'll be thankful that someone did point out those things to you, even though you still hadn't put much thought into it. It'll be one long crazy ride(the film is about 2 hours and 20 minutes long), but it's such an important enough ride that everyone should take it. Every man should see it so that they could get to know themselves better. Every woman should see it because maybe it can help them understand men better. So go see it everyone, and thank John Cassavetes later for the experience.

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