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John Cassavetes
 Cast: John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
, Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara
, Peter Falk
Peter Falk
, Jenny Runacre
Jenny Runacre

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John Cassavetes wrote and directed this look at three middle-aged men thrown into a midlife crisis when one of their mutual friends dies. Harry (Ben Gazzara), Archie (Peter Falk) and Gus (John Cassavetes) attend the funeral of their buddy David Rowlands (Stuart Jackson); all three are starting to feel the pressures of their advancing years, while Harry is having serious problems with his marriage. After the funeral, the three men decide that they need to get away from it all for a while, and they spend the next two days getting drunk, shooting hoops, playing cards, sleeping on the subway, and pretending that they're teenagers again. After 48 hours of irresponsibility, Archie and Gus decide that fun is fun but it's time to go home. But when Harry goes back to his wife, they have a huge argument; Harry storms out and decides to fly to England, persuading Archie and Gus to tag along. They get dressed up, visit a casino, and pick up beautiful women, but while Archie and Gus, as before, look at this as a brief vacation from their lives as loyal husbands and fathers, Harry doesn't want to go home, even though he seems more troubled by his infidelity than do his two friends. Cassavetes' first directorial project after his critical breakthrough with Faces, featuring intense, largely improvised performances by two of his most consistent collaborators, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk, Husbands was originally released in a cut running 154 minutes, but was trimmed to 138 minutes for general release.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2020
UPC: 0715515246019
Original Release: 1970
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 2:22:00
Sales rank: 12,376

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2009 featuring critic Marshall Fine; New interviews with Producer Al Ruban and actor Jenny Runacre; New video essay featuring audio recordings of actor-director John Cassavetes discussing his approach to working with actors; The Story of "Husbands" - A Tribute to John Cassavetes (2009), a half-hour program featuring Ruban, actor Ben Gazzara, and Cinematographer Victor J. Kemper; Episode of The Dick Cavett Show from 1970 featuring Cassavetes, Gazzara, and actor Peter Falk; Trailer; Plus: An essay by filmmaker Andrew Bujalski

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Gazzara Harry
Peter Falk Archie
John Cassavetes Gus
Jenny Runacre Mary Tynan
Jenny Wright Pearl Billingham
Noelle Kao Julie
John Kullers Red
Delores Delmar The Countess
Peggy Lashbrook Diana Mallabee
Eleanor Zee Mrs. Hines
Claire Malis Stuart's wife
Lorraine McMartin Annie's mother
Edgar Franken Ed Weintraub
Sarah Felcher Sarah
Antoinette Kray "Jesus Loves Me"
Gwen van Dam "Jeannie"
John Armstrong "Happy Birthday"
Eleanor Gould "Normandy"
Joseph Boley Minister
Judith Lowry Stuart's grandmother
Joseph Hardy "Shanghai Lil"
K.C. Townsend Barmaid
Annie O'Donnell Nurse
Gena Wheeler Nurses
Alexandra Cassavetes Xan
Nick Cassavetes Nick
Frederick Draper Actor
Charles Gaines Actor
Leola Harlow Leola
David Rowlands Stuart Jackson
Reta Shaw Annie
Claire Callaway Actor

Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director,Screenwriter
Jack Ackerman Musical Direction/Supervision
Louis Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Cornwell Editor
Rene D'Auriac Art Director
Edward Folger Asst. Director
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Robert Laden Makeup
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Tommie Manderson Makeup
Al Ruban Producer
Sam Shaw Producer
Peter Tanner Editor
Stanley Wilson Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Woods Editor

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