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Husbands (1970)

A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be ... See full summary »

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John Cassavetes

Writer:

John Cassavetes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... Harry
Peter Falk ... Archie Black
John Cassavetes ... Gus Demetri
Jenny Runacre ... Mary Tynan
Jenny Lee Wright Jenny Lee Wright ... Pearl Billingham
Noelle Kao Noelle Kao ... Julie
John Kullers John Kullers ... Red
Meta Shaw Stevens Meta Shaw Stevens ... Annie (as Meta Shaw)
Leola Harlow Leola Harlow ... Leola
Delores Delmar Delores Delmar ... The Countess
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ... Mrs. Hines
Claire Malis Claire Malis ... Stuart's Wife
Peggy Lashbrook Peggy Lashbrook ... Diana Mallabee
Eleanor Cody Gould Eleanor Cody Gould ... 'Normandy' Singer
Sarah Felcher Sarah Felcher ... Sarah
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Storyline

A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived. Written by Fabrizio Sabidussi

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A comedy about life, death and freedom

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including sexual situations, language, drunkenness, and brief domestic violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian | Cantonese

Release Date:

8 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Husbands: A Comedy About Life, Death and Freedom See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Faces Music See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (TV) | | (dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Walkouts by members of audiences occurred at screenings offended by scenes involving vomiting and bullying. These scenes were edited out in the Columbia Pictures studio re-cut of the film's original theatrical release. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Gus, Archie, look what I did to that phone booth. I kicked the hell out of it. Yeah. Like I've been telling my wife for years. Aside from sex, and she's very good at it, God damn it, I like you guys better. I really do. Now, who the hell else could put up with me, huh? I'm a jerk, I know it. So, let's go home and get it over with.
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Crazy Credits

There are no closing credits and no "THE END" title card. The screen just goes black. In the opening credits, everyone involved in the film (even the "little people") are credited on two "tell all" title cards, right on down from the actors to the grips, a total of 82 credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original theatrical release ran 154 minutes. The out-of-print VHS release from Columbia/Tristar runs 132 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in This Is Comedy (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

It was Just a Little Love Affair
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Composer unknown
Sung a cappella by Leola Harlow
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A plight meant to be painfully frustrating; but does that make it good?
22 July 2010 | by catherine_stebbinsSee all my reviews

Cassavettes has a lot to say about men, the way they cling to standard forms of masculinity as a rebellion of their voluntary marriage and the various ways they connect with each other and with women, usually through extended humiliation and embarrassment. Unfortunately, while the director has many intriguing things to say about manhood, they are buried within a two and a half hour film that is intent on being redundant, repetitive, lost and obnoxious. Peter Falk, John Cassavettes and Ben Gazzara star as three friends whose common friend has just died. This throws them into an existential funk consisting of drinking, humiliating women and laughing with one another. All three of them are varying degrees of asshole. Even trying to pick one who has any redeeming qualities is a waste of time.

There is a lot to admire here which makes its failure al the more unfortunate. An extended scene near the beginning which lasts about 20 minutes involving a singing contest and the last part of the film which examines each man's interaction with a women they pick up. Most of the material in between fails to say anything substantial about their plight outside of the fact that they are each desperately lonely and use their lack of identity as an excuse to treat others terribly. This could have been conveyed in half the time. The three actors fill two and a half hours with constant laughter. Husbands tramples on its own potential through its own redundancy and inability to say anything substantial about its three protagonists. Perhaps this was the point but it was not working for me.


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