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Such Good Friends (1971)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 October 1972 (Japan)
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While awaiting the outcome of her husband's surgery, Julie Messinger discovers he has been having affairs.

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Julie
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Timmy
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Miranda
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Cal
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Julie's Mother
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Richard
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Marcy
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Kalman
Sam Levene ...
Uncle Eddie
William Redfield ...
Barney
James Beard ...
Dr. Mahler
Rita Gam ...
Doria
Michael Giordano III ...
Matthew
Oscar Grossman ...
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Nancy Guild ...
Molly
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Julie Messinger has it made. She is a New York housewife whose husband, Richard, is an editor for a prominent photography magazine. They have a small circle of friends, including well-meaning, but inept Dr. Timothy Spector, photographer Cal Whiting and Cal's live-in girlfriend Miranda. Julie's mother spends her days getting pedicures and manicures, applying make-up and fake eye-lashes and buying expensive clothes, all the while criticizing her daughter for her looks and behavior. When Richard goes into the hospital for a minor mole-removal surgery, Julie gets more than she bargained for. Richard suffers from complications and goes into a coma, supposedly caused by a rare surgical factor, and she gathers friends and family together, culminating in a hilarious "quasi-cocktail-party" scene in the blood donation center of the hospital. While dealing with red tape, hospital bureaucracy and clueless doctors, Julie discovers her husband's "little black book," which contains the names of her ... Written by thustlebird

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The little black book that became a national bestseller.

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Comedy | Drama

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14 October 1972 (Japan)  »

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To prep his writers for the type of approach he wanted in this film, Otto Preminger screened Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) for Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne at a Paramount screening room (with son 'Erik Preminger' and wife Hope). See more »

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Julie Messinger: Richard, "horny" isn't even the word to describe what I feel right now. I just thought it would... I just thought it would be nice.
Richard Messinger: Honey, a gift isn't a gift just because you decide to give it. You could give someone a grand piano. They would appreciate the gesture, but couldn't accept it because...
Julie Messinger: ...because he couldn't play the piano?
Richard Messinger: No. Because... his apartment is too small. You're upset now, aren't you?
Julie Messinger: No, I'm not. I just don't know what I'm gonna do with my grand piano.
Richard Messinger: [...]
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Crazy Credits

In the film's opening, three red-colored "legs-crossed icons" (the trademark that Saul Bass created for the film, as seen on the poster) converge on a blank screen to form one whole icon. The title appears and then below the title, it reads "AN OTTO PREMINGER FILM". Cast and crew are credited in the closing, but nowhere else. Preminger was the only one credited in the opening. See more »

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Features Adventures of Superman (1952) See more »

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Suddenly It's All Tomorrow
Sung by O.C. Smith
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Lyrics by Robert Brittan
Orchestrations by Hershy Kay
Sitar by Collin Walcott
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Dissipated urban humor
1 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A razor-sharp, deadpan hilarious dark comedy which never found its audience...and continues to elude the very people who could make it into a cult. The wife of a celebrated writer and magazine editor in New York City finds out her husband's been cheating on her within their circle of friends--and this discovery comes while he's in the hospital dying after having had a mole removed! Dyan Cannon delivers one of her best performances; she's glib, bitter, sexy, and naughty, which helps viewers overlook the fact the tone of the movie sometimes shifts uncomfortably while chasing a variety of targets, or that many of the jabs have an icy pallor. One of Pauline Kael's beefs in The New Yorker was that Cannon's character goes after men without finding the irony of her actions--that she has no self-respect--and this in fact may be true. We never learn where the wife's emotions or priorities lie; she's too encompassed in her thoughts of the past or in trying to be strong and stolid. Director Otto Preminger gets fine performances out of a colorful cast, and there are big laughs in the film, but cutting-edge comedies can also cut too deeply without nimble handling. Preminger isn't very careful, but that may be intentional. ***1/2 from ****


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