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Husbands and Wives (1992)

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When their best friends announce that they're separating, a professor and his wife discover the faults in their own marriage.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Metropolis Nick Metropolis ... TV Scientist
Woody Allen ... Gabe Roth
Mia Farrow ... Judy Roth
Sydney Pollack ... Jack
Judy Davis ... Sally
Jeffrey Kurland ... Interviewer / Narrator (voice)
Bruce Jay Friedman Bruce Jay Friedman ... Peter Styles
Cristi Conaway ... Shawn Grainger
Timothy Jerome Timothy Jerome ... Paul
Rebecca Glenn Rebecca Glenn ... Gail
Juliette Lewis ... Rain
Galaxy Craze Galaxy Craze ... Harriet
Lysette Anthony ... Sam
Benno Schmidt Benno Schmidt ... Judy's Ex-Husband
John Doumanian John Doumanian ... Hamptons' Party Guests
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Storyline

When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and meet new people, the marriage of Gabe and Judy gets more and more strained, and they begin to find themselves being attracted to other people. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maridos y esposas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,555,619
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The name of the student paper that Gabe Roth (Woody Allen) thought was excellent was "Oral Sex in the Age of Deconstruction." See more »

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Camera truck reflection visible on Sally's jeep as she goes to Paul's place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
TV Scientist: [on TV] Einstein was then celebrating, uh, the seventieth birthday anniversary and there was a colloquium given for him. And he said, "God doesn't play dice with the universe".
Gabe: No. He just plays hide-and-seek.
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West Coast Blues
(1960)
Written by Wes Montgomery (as John L. {Wes} Montgomery)
Performed by Wes Montgomery (as John L. {Wes} Montgomery)
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Unpleasantly truthful but one of Allen's most relatable films
2 March 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Along with Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanours, Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters(probably some rather clichéd choices) Husbands and Wives is one of Woody Allen's best. Allen is not for all tastes but his films have always had some interest value and mostly they are very well written and acted. Husbands and Wives certainly has those. The hand-held camera work may put some people off, especially compared to visual beauties like Hannah and Her Sisters and Manhattan. Not for me it didn't, the use of it was quite clever and while extensive it wasn't overkill or seizure-inducing(and this is coming from somebody with epilepsy). Stylistically also it came across as intentional, to convey the character's thoughts and neuroses. Allen directs with no problem, and his performance in the film too has degrees of bitterness but also one of his most reserved and honest. In fact, apart from Juliette Lewis who is annoying(the only thing about the film that didn't quite work for me, but considering how outstanding everything else was she wasn't enough to completely rock the boat) the acting is superb, particularly from Sydney Pollack and Judy Davis. Mia Farrow gives a heartfelt performance too. Husbands and Wives is a superbly written film, it does have a fair bit of Allen's razor sharp wit and plenty of well- thought out observations conveyed bluntly. But few Allen films are this candid, and the documentary-style that the film adopts allows the candour to come through and resonate in a very rich and vigorous way. The themes and relationships explored in Husbands and Wives are ones that any married couple or pretty much anybody will relate to(the Pollack and Davis storyline is the most poignant and insightful). Some of what is shown is very unpleasant and the characters are not likable ones at all, but to be honest it's absolutely like that in real life, it just goes to show how much the truth can hurt. It really is one of Allen's most relatable films, Hannah and Her Sisters I also related to strongly but in a different way, being warmer in tone and slightly more multi-layered(that's not to knock Husbands and Wives at all in that regard as it certainly is that). Overall, some of what is shown is unpleasant but it is a remarkably candid film with superb writing and acting that a lot of people can relate to. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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