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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 »
User Reviews:
A Cassavetes Film Even Experienced Cassavetes Film Watchers Aren't Quite Prepared For See more (27 total) »

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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Color:
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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Trivia:
The movie features no credit for music score or music composer.See more »
Quotes:
Archie Black:[Arriving at the funeral] I suppose this is proper, all these big cars and chauffeurs. Black shiny cars. Seems dopey for a guy like that. Well, I guess that's what they do. People get symbolic over death. They get very formal, and it's really ridiculous. Because it's probably the most humiliating thing in the world. But I feel very relaxed. People die of tensions. That's all they die of, Gus. That's the truth. Did you know that? I know it, and it's something I'm never gonna forget.
Gus Demetri:Don't believe truth. Just don't believe truth. Archie, I'm telling you, don't believe truth.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Cassavetes Film Even Experienced Cassavetes Film Watchers Aren't Quite Prepared For, 1 April 2010
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

The very first bit of dialogue is the kind of introductory exposition you get and gradually learn the rhythm of from a movie that is testing you. Being a film by John Cassavetes, it shall be one of those films that leaves you unsure of what to think of it at all, except that you were strangely engrossed in many scenes, only not quite like other examples of this sort of movie experience. His sense of pace is epic, but the subjects that fascinate him are granular in scale. Husbands is a Cassavetes film that even experienced Cassavetes film watchers aren't quite prepared for. It is a formalistically rebellious, gravely intimate reflection of the bareness of suburban life, magnified 500%, unpatronizing to and violatingly honest about its anxious, inarticulate sticks in the mud who have no idea what they're feeling while they're undergoing their feelings.

The dialogue is comprised of unfinished thoughts, of knee-jerk shouts, not to mention three actors with egos more massive than the movie's gaps of seeming inertia. The camera just rolls and the microphone just hears. That we're seeing and hearing anything in particular is not as central as the fact that we are indeed looking and listening.

Cassavetes tries so hard to seize and squeeze every possibility of any moments that catch what we all know happens between concept and execution. Moments that don't seem scriptable, that hardly seem describable. When we're with somebody but before anyone's thought of anything to say, or when we are distracted into an unthinking transition, anything impulsive or seemingly without thought. I might even go so far as to say the whole film seems involuntary. And what's more, it is predominantly comprised of Cassavetes' trademark scenes of agonizing discomfort.

The most emboldened stand-out in this film's succession of scenes of that nature is an inordinately long one in which Cassavetes, Gazzara and Falk sit with a table of friends and family in a bar, not a tissue of their body left dry of alcohol, taking random turns singing traditional folk songs, and after awhile---and I mean awhile---one person begins singing, and the three jeer them into silence, then tell her to try again. They jeer her quiet again, and again and again and again until finally, after anyone in her position would still be cooperating, they praise her for finally getting it right. This to me represents what has to be the creative process for actors in a Cassavetes film, especially the Cassavetes film Husbands. There seems to be no frontal lobe left in any actor.

Husbands is described sometimes as a comedy. Well, I don't know if it's a comedy, but is a drama with sporadic moments of strange, seemingly incidental humor. There is an unusually brief scene where Gazzara visits his office and is greeted by an outlandishly goofy colleague. When the three friends are electrified with excitement about going to London, we cut to London, where it's dreary and pouring rain. There doesn't seem to be a way to pinpoint the nature of the movie's tone, or its structure at all. Like I said, it puts you to the test, and the test is to accept the film on its terms. If you do, you can be moved by the nature of its point of view and be open to the nature of your own reactions to it.

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