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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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Writer:
John Cassavetes (written by)
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Release Date:
8 December 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A comedy about life, death and freedom
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
NewsDesk:
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Cast

  (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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including sexual situations, language, drunkenness, and brief domestic violence (re-rating)
Runtime:
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)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
First of three collaborations of actor Ben Gazzara and writer-director John Cassavetes, the others being Opening Night (1977) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) with Cassavetes not also acting in the latter. The pair also both appeared in a non-Cassavetes written and directed movie, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969).See more »
Quotes:
Gus Demetri:Don't believe truth. Archie, just don't believe truth.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Crossing Criminal Cultures (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
When Irish Eyes Are SmilingSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A depressing, brutal experience, 14 May 2013
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

There's no doubting the film-making innovation of the pioneer of American independent cinema, John Cassavetes. But if any of his films were to be considered a stain on his CV, it would be Husbands. That is only because his filmography is so highly praised, and Husbands divided the critics between those who hailed it as one of the best films ever made, and those who found the whole experience relentlessly depressing and tediously long. I'm somewhere in the middle, finding the film occasionally dipping into awkward, slightly forced improvisations, while offering some quite distressing and powerful insights into men going through a midlife crisis.

After the death of their friend, three middle-aged men - Harry (Ben Gazzara), Gus (Cassavetes) and Archie (Peter Falk) - find it difficult to cope. We follow them over the course of two days, where they drink heavily, play basketball together, and have a boisterous singing contest with friends and family. After returning home from his binge, Harry is thrown out by his wife, and shortly after announces he is flying to London. Seemingly with nothing better to do, Gus and Archie decide to join him, where they indulge is more drinking, gambling, and womanising. Gus finds himself with a much younger woman named Mary (Jenny Runacre), who is wild and unpredictable.

In the same vein as Faces (1968), Cassavetes adopts a cinema verite style, while taking the story and characters to almost hyper-reality. This is not quite the world we live in, only it feels like it. It's a more extreme world, where everything is just a little bit more depressing and the inhabitants are always loathsome in one way or another. It's as if Cassavetes wants us to take a real look at ourselves, whoever we are, and be repulsed. Harry, Gus and Archie are despicable, taking no second thoughts when committing adultery, and ultimately being loud, angry and disgusting when in the presence of others. They are also empty, devoid of any real emotion, only finding any real solitude in each other's company.

Judging from the title, Cassavetes uses the film to summarise a broad idea as to why men must go through this at some point in their life. The trio are little more than wild children, only with sexual experience, and the camera, as usual, is close, capturing the slightest facial movement, almost to the point of infringement. It's a depressing, brutal experience, where scenes go on for much longer than they should, making us want to get away from these characters. But maybe that's the point, and Cassavetes takes it to the extreme to push his point across. The final scene is certainly worth the wait however, managing to depict a character in one simple close-up as both tragic and pathetic.

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