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Husbands (1970)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 8 December 1970 (USA)
After the death of a common friend, three married men leave their lives together, seeking pleasure and freedom and ultimately leaving for London.

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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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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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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Faces Music See more »
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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Funding for the picture fell through early on in production and the film had to be re-financed. See more »

Quotes

Archie Black: Well, I'd be a professional athlete because they really put out. And they got no excuses, and they feel good, and they get sweaty. You know, you have a beer, and you're with guys you like.
Gus Demetri: I was gonna be a basketball player. I had all the moves. I was quick enough. Too short.
Archie Black: I love baseball. I love golf. I love pool. I love track. I love Ping-Pong. I love volleyball. I love badminton. What else is there?
Gus Demetri: Football.
Archie Black: Lacrosse! Now there's a hell of a game!
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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 Mean Streets (1973) See more »

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Show Me the Way to Go Home
(1925) (uncredited)
Written by Irving King
Sung a cappella by Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk and John Cassavetes
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Mid-Life Male Bonding
4 October 2010 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

As a reaction to the death of a close buddy, three middle-age men, all married with kids, go on a wild psychological joyride that includes, among other things, getting drunk, gambling, and hooking up with some prostitutes. Their reaction is, in fact, overreaction to a mid-life crisis, wherein marriage, children, and jobs create the social chains that bind.

The story's basic premise renders an interesting theme. Given some traumatic event, like the death of someone we know, it's natural to grieve and reflect on the choices we've made. We thus gain perspective. But these guys seem oblivious to that process. Their only interest is juvenile self-indulgence of the moment, which creates behavior that is boorish and crude. I could not get interested in them or their drama. Nor did I have any respect for them.

The film's visuals are okay. But the runtime is way too long. A ninety-minute plot would have gotten the point across. Every minute beyond that is superfluous. Some segments are painfully drawn-out, like the one wherein they sit around a table in a bar getting drunk and listening to other people sing silly songs. And the script's dialogue is very talky. Basically, the entire plot can be summarized as three guys getting drunk, vomiting, and talking endlessly about themselves.

Acting is borderline at best. Some scenes encourage improvisation in acting and dialogue. Visuals trend conventional. There are a lot of close-up shots.

"Husbands" tries to be a social commentary on the ties that bind. But the plot and characters are rather awful. Direction and performances trend pretentious and self-conscious. And the whole bloated production seems misguided.


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