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Husbands (Extended Edition) (1970)

Ben Gazzara , Peter Falk , John Cassavetes  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Jenny Runacre, Jenny Lee Wright
  • Directors: John Cassavetes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FAG2Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Husbands, 1971 Golden Globes® nominee for best screenplay, follows three middle-aged husbands, with wives and houses in the New York suburbs, who go on a wild spree after a close friend dies of a heart attack. Ending up in London, the three must confront their own mortality and decide how to spend the rest of their lives.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex Comedy February 15, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
In Ray Carney's new book about Cassavetes he talks about how the director spent
a year re-editing this movie because he thought it was too "entertaining" and
too "funny" in its first version. Ray Carney's Cassavetes on Cassavetes has
hundreds of similar anecdotes by the filmmaker. It's a perfect introduction to
Husbands. It's anything but a simple comedy. The characters are as unpredictable
as real people and the situations as hard to figure out as stuff in real life.
Husbands gets you all mixed up. Are these guys idiots or inspired? Are they
jerks or pursuing a dream? Cassavetes doesn't want it to be too clear or too
easy to understand. He doesn't want us to laugh off the serious questions. He
talks about that in Carney's book, but it's obvious from the film itself. This
film should be required viewing for all men, so maybe they can begin to
understand themselves, and it should be required viewing for all women so that
they can begin to understand the men in their lives. It's!
not an easy thing to understand, which is why Cassavetes doesn't make the movie
easy for us to understand, but the more times you see it, the more you will see.
Read the Carney book too, for more of Cassavetes' amazing insights into men and
women and what he was trying to do in his films.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rat Pack In Extremis June 7, 2009
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Three forty-ish professionals and best friends from Long Island go on a week-long bender in the wake of the fourth of their number dying suddenly of a heart attack. They play sports, go on an endless pub crawl, and eventually flee their wives and kids on an impulsive trip to London, where they set about pairing off with younger women. This is a very conventional sounding story, and director John Cassavetes, operating in the wake of the surprise success of his own film Faces and his acting appearences in two of the biggest hits of the late '60's (Rosemary's Baby and The Dirty Dozen) got studio backing and stars for Husbands, and shot a two hour mainstream male-bonding comedy that he screened to great success for MGM executives. He turned to co-star Peter Falk during the applause and whispered "Remember that version -- because no-one's ever going to see it again."

He then spent a year making a completely different film in the editing room, taking out all the scenes of a conventional buddy comedy and putting in all the messy inconclusive momements in between the laughs and the plot points. What we get is three great actors -- Mephistophelian bad boy Cassavetes, wounded idealist Falk, and in a film-stealing performance, glowering kill-joy Ben Gazzara, get to the truth behind the arrested adolescence of male bonding.

"I've never seen a helicopter explode. I've never seen anyone go and blow somebody's head off. So why should I make a film about them? But I have seen people destroy themselves in the smallest ways." John Cassavetes.
Cassavetes, even after his posthumous reputation has flourished as the very model of the off-Hollywood maverick independent film-maker, remains a polarizing figure to this day, and likely always will.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pain is good December 3, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is an excruciating, frustrating, painful comedy of men, and amazing in retrospect. Cassavetes was an authentic cinematic genius of American film, regardless of the philistine like comments I've seen in these reviews. What I don't undertand is why they haven't made it available on DVD. Are they restoring it? Are there legal tie-ups? What? I've only ever seen it in pieces on television. I would love to be able to examine fully, without commerical interruption or deletion....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HUSBANDS - The Extended Cut July 6, 2009
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To set the record straight about the running time of the long-awaited DVD release of John Cassavetes' "Husbands," Sony's own website and press release announce this as "The Extended Cut," with a running time of 142 minutes, with the following text: "Husbands was originally released to preview audiences at a length of 139 minutes but subsequently cut by 11 minutes. The DVD presents the film in its full-length, original version, largely unseen by audiences since 1969." All of us Cassavetes fans know that the film had Festival screenings at 154 min., was released at 138 min., and then cut after initial release by Columbia to 131 min.
Since this movie really put the hook in me, I went to see it 5 times in theatres during the 1970's, and I saw at least 3 different cuts of the film (!!), so at the very least, this release is going to be the original theatrical cut, plus who knows what else? If this is truly the case, then "Bravo!" Sony.
It's been said that John Cassavetes' films are not so much watched as "lived through." For me, having first lived through "Husbands" in my late teens and early 20's, the film was a revelation and a warning about middle-aged manhood. Now that I'm actually the age of Harry, Gus, and Archie in the film, the questions that it makes me ask are even more urgent: "What am I doing with my life? How can I change?" And "where do I go from here?" When's the last time you saw a movie that made you ask yourself that?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IMPROVISING AT IT'S BEST, "...THE LEGS GO AT 35!" August 20, 1999
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
HArd to follow
Published 23 days ago by Doris Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a wild ride
Published 1 month ago by Elliott Kirk Verner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product and service!
Published 1 month ago by Thomas DeRoberto
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his very best--that would be Killing of a Chinese Bookie--but...
Not Cassavetes very best--that would be Killing of a Chinese Bookie--but excellent nonetheless. The three leads vie for acting homors, but , in the end, its Ben Gazzara's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas A. Stith
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to watch, but essential
A bit of a slog, deliberately, since this is a Cassavetes film, but a film that gets at something real and true about (straight) male friendship.
Published 2 months ago by Rochester Richie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrung Me Out Like A Washrag
You will have to an Eagle Scout or very close to make it through this flick. I'm a Life Scout with 21 merit badges and barely made it.
Published 3 months ago by Wesley B. Loflin III
5.0 out of 5 stars Cassavetes does it again
I really enjoyed this film. Another one of John Cassettes greats. John can see into peoples lives in a very unique way.
Published 6 months ago by Pierre C
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and funny like life
Overall achievement in cinematography and content. Close up, persistent camera work mimics living, characters and plot explore reality of relationships in fascinating locations. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charles Joy
1.0 out of 5 stars Actor's Romp
Husbands is long on acting and short on structure and story line. Cassavetes, Faulk and Gazzara seem to be having a lot of fun making the movie but the result is disappointing.
Published 17 months ago by Lindsay Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and brilliant
The trick with Cassavetes is to enjoy what you see in front of you, moment to moment, and to stop waiting for something to happen. it already is happening. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Derek Hunter
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