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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrice Townsend ...
Jonathan Kaufer ...
Amnon Meskin ...
The Notary
Bud Townsend ...
Judy's Father
Michael Emil ...
Andre Gregory ...
Party Philosopher
Martina Finch ...
Michael Kaye ...
Herbie - Couple at Party
Sid - Young Man at Party
Thatcher Keats ...
Danny - Young Man at Party


A middle-aged couple, on the verge of proceeding with a divorce, find themselves questioning their decision to separate when fellow friends and neighbors, oblivious to their marital troubles, assemble at their house for a 4th of July Weekend party. Written by Anonymous

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A one-of-a-kind American film about love, marriage and divorce.


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Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Always, But Not Forever  »

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The opening credits wedding home movie footage was filmed by Jaglom's close friend, director James Frawley. Many of Frawley's and Jaglom's mutual friends, including director Bob Rafelson, appear in the Fourth of July party sequence. See more »


Judy: Fourth of July in a house full of nuts!
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Crazy Credits

The credits play over authentic home movie footage of Jaglom's own wedding. There are only two credits to open the film: the title and "A Film by Henry Jaglom". See more »


References Fraidy Cat (1942) See more »


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Written and Performed by James Taylor
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One of my all-time favorites
25 October 2004 | by (Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

This poignant look at three couples in various stages of life can touch even the most stoic of hearts. I was barely a teen when I first saw this film, and almost 20 years later, I find it still has insight. Within minutes you feel like these people are your life-long friends, over for a July 4th barbecue. Single, married or divorced, many of the themes will hit home. No glitz and glamour here, it's down to earth and gets you thinking and reflecting on your own life decisions. And best of all, it grows with you.

From David & Judy's reminiscing about the speech he made on their first date, to their quirky bearded philosophical neighbor, I alternated between smiles, laughs & tears by the end of it. Fans of L.A. Law will recognize Alan Rachins as a hapless husband, drowning in the mediocrity of his own life. A young Melissa Leo (Homicide:Life on the Street) plays sister to the main character's wife, Jaglom's real-life ex, Patrice Townsend. Even the soundtrack, from Astaire to Torme, lends a wonderful backdrop to the film. Henry's stream-of-consciousness style doesn't suit all tastes, but it's what I love most about his work. I'm more than happy to leave behind the super-quick cuts, special effects, plastic characters and overzealous editing of today's blockbusters to savor this delicious slice of life.

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