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Such Good Friends (1971)

R  |   |  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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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 ...
The Doorman
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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Amantes Desconhecidos  »

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Trivia

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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Dr. Timmy Spector: I don't like rodents. I was the only one in my science class who enjoyed seeing mice die. Not out of malice, you understand, but because, to me, it meant one less mouse in the world.
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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
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Preminger's great satire
26 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Otto Preminger's later films are an acquired taste. But this one, while completely outrageous, seems to be one of his better efforts.

Some of the more memorable scenes: Burgess Meredith walking around nude at a cocktail party (!); Ken Howard impotent while making love to Dyan Cannon; Cannon attempting to seduce obese James Coco who is wearing a girdle (!); and Cannon finding her husband's black book with notes about sex with other women.

Despite its unusualness, SUCH GOOD FRIENDS is an enjoyable picture to watch because it's something you don't have to take seriously. It is obviously a black comedy and the first few minutes establish the mood perfectly. It does become a bit of a maudlin soap opera where Cannon's character is figuring out her husband's infidelities and trying to decide if she still loves the guy or not. But the melodramatic aspects are definitely overshadowed by the satirical look at urban mores that Preminger presents.


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