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Such Good Friends (1971)

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
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Richard
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Marcy
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Kalman
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Barney
James Beard ...
Dr. Mahler
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Doria
Michael Giordano III ...
Matthew
Oscar Grossman ...
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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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Amantes Desconhecidos  »

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Novelist-screenwriter Joan Didion is said to have contributed to the screenplay (credited to Esther Dale, or rather Elaine May). Her work is uncredited. See more »

Quotes

Richard Messinger: How about my wife's pair? Fantastic, aren't they? I think they're the best looking ones here.
Julie Messinger: Richard, you are drunk and silly!
Doria Perkins: He's right! They're really beautiful! Are they very old?
Julie Messinger: *Pardon*?
Richard Messinger: Oh, forgive my wife. She's blind drunk! Honey, she wants to know if the *earrings* are very old.
Julie Messinger: Oh! No, I just bought them. Thank you.
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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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Suddenly It's All Tomorrow
Sung by O.C. Smith
Music by Thomas Z. Shepard
Lyrics by Robert Brittan
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Great satire of the New York way of life
30 June 2000 | by (Strasbourg) – See all my reviews

29 years before American Beauty, Otto Preminger destroys the icons of american life, from the husband to the mother to the medical doctor, in a vitriolic satire where only the wronged ones gain the viewer's sympathy.

Ever asked yourself why you should be faithful to your husband/wife? See this movie. I loved it.


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