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Husbands

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The quiet, simple family lives of Gus, Harry and Archie (John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk) are shattered when their best friend, Stuart, has a heart attack and dies suddenly. Now facing their mortality, the three men fall into their own midlife crises. First by spending their days playing basketball and nights drinking, and eventually by ditching their families altogether for a sudden getaway to London, where they face the temptation to cheat on their wives for the first time.

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Jenny Lee Wright
Pearl Billingham
Sam Shaw
Producer
Al Ruban
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Victor J. Kemper
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Tom Cornwell
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Peter Tanner
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Jack Woods
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Rene D'Auriac
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Lewis Brown
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Critic Reviews for Husbands

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (12)

  • Few films capture with such life-affirming wonder the despair, hatred, and incomprehension that drives the sexes together and apart.

    May 3, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Cassavetes was a masterful anti-Hollywood director who probed human failings until he reached right under the skin.

    September 28, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A brilliantly textured film to be savoured.

    September 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Unyielding and underdeveloped, like a semi-interesting draft for something John Updike decided against writing.

    September 27, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Husbands may not be structurally perfect, but it's an unsentimental dissection of ego, fear and masculinity nonetheless.

    September 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is almost unbearably long. It is a narrative film without any real narrative, and although it is a movie about three characters, those characters are seen almost exclusively in terms of their limiting relationship.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Husbands

  • Jun 17, 2014
    Far more effective in my opinion on showing the impact of death on the male psyche. The wanderings of the three husbands is revealing and far too realistic.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2012
    I know Cassavetes' style is an acquired taste, and pushes the boundaries of cinematic narrative devices (thereby attracting lots of detractors), but I find his work to generally be sharply observational and endlessly fascinating. Husbands (his first of many collaborations with Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk), though, marks a point in John's career where his style reached and erroneously rammed up against its logical conclusion. His scenes take time to develop -- here, they take too long; he promotes the small idiosyncrasies in people to inform and push along his character development -- here, the moments are too small and tedious; he loves showcasing the suburban malaise of middle-aged men -- here, their plights are void of proper context, thus rendering their tumultuous behavior meaningless. And then there's Cassavetes' emphasis on improvisation. Most of the time, he uses it to great effect -- here, it seems like on more than one occasion, the silence exists not to punctuate a piece of dialogue, but to meander while the actors think of what to say next. Interestingly enough, Cassavetes decided to cast himself as the third friend, a role that is closest to a mediator, a relatively gentle middle ground between Gazzara's pent-up-to-the-point-of-explosive rage and Falk's snarky overconfidence. Together they are meant to convey some sense of stranded masculinity, caught in the crosshairs of the encroaching ethos of counterculture love and their perceived need to remain stoic and impenetrable, but they just come across as childish. I know Husbands is supposed to be his critique of unchecked masculinity and the misogyny that accompanies it, but as a time capsule rendition of men being boys, the film certainly has an inherent intrigue, but it is not one of Cassavetes' strongest films.
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2009
    I am a huge Cassavettes fan and am the first one to say that this film is not for everyone. There are sections of this film (like most of his films) that people will find boring and way over the top, but it's something I find enduring and really enjoy watching. This is one of the first times where I have actually watched a Cassavettes film and thought, yeah, he could of cut some of this stuff out. Overall, I still enjoyed hanging out with John, Ben, and Peter for nearly three hours and going into this film, it's best to realize that is what you are doing. I think the film, for me, really picked up in the second half when the crew heads to London (the scenes of the three of these guys picking up women was everything I wanted it to be: awkward, funny, strange, and real). This is also definitely one of the best looking of Cassavettes' films with Victor J, Kemper adding technique to Cassavettes shoot from the hip style. Like most of his films, it probably just needs another watch.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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