Husbands and Wives

Directed By: Woody Allen Starring: Judy Davis Blythe Danner

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Brilliant deconstruction of romantic relationships

on 5/4/2012

This is one of Woody's best - great cast, Sidney Pollack is really good in this movie - I'd known him as a director, and had no idea he was also such a great actor. This film is a very funny deconstruction of romantic relationships!

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This critically-acclaimed comedy by Woody Allen is a hilarious game of marital musical chairs, as two New York couples re-examine their marriages...and find themselves wanting more. Allen stars with Mia Farrow as a long-married couple whose relationship starts to crumble when their best friends, played by Sydney Pollack and Judy Davis, announce they're separating. They immediately pair up with younger, sexier paramours and enjoy again the pleasures of fresh passion. But smoldering resentments and unexpected jealousies soon rise to the surface, erupting in savage humor and hilariously unpredictable reunions. A directorial tour-de-force, Husbands And Wives is a comic valentine from an American Master.


Studio Sony
SKU 40165773
UPC 043396515574
UPC 14 00043396515574
Format DVD
Release Date 6/7/2011
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Gabe and Judy Roth (Woody Allen and Mia Farrow), a long-married couple, find their relationship starting to crumble when their best friends, Jack and Sally (Sydney Pollack and Judy Davis), announce that they are separating. Allen's use of a hand-held camera and jump-cuts adds immediacy to a brilliant display of ensemble acting. Pollack delivers an Oscar-worthy performance.
Plot Summary
Summary Gabe and Judy Roth meet to have dinner with their best friends, Sally and Jack, who promptly announce that they are separating. Their decision causes Gabe and Judy to reevaluate their own struggling marriage, and all four pursue other romances, some of them wildly inappropriate, in search of a good relationship.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "But we would be most remiss as film connoisseurs and auteur buffs if we did not underscore the disturbing similarities between the events depicted in LOLITA and the events that have actually transpired in the Allen-Farrow contretemps. And we would be even more remiss if we did not wonder aloud how it was possible for an individual as steeped in cinematic lore as Mr. Allen to ignore the moral warnings signs that had been planted firmly in his path by a film such as LOLITA and others of this ilk--black-and-white pictures that regularly played at the Bleecker Steet Cinema, the Carnegie Hall Cinema, the Thalia, the Regency, and all the other arty Greenwich Village film houses where Allen spent his formative years."-- Joe Queenan, Movieline, 1/1993
Rolling Stone "...Allen has never crafted anything as fiercely funny as this comedy of coming apart; it's a groundbreaking film, full of sublime performances..." 10/01/1992 p.71-2
New York Times "...A very fine, sometimes brutal comedy....Acted to loopy perfection by a remarkable cast..." 09/18/1992 p.C1
Los Angeles Times "...A remarkably self-revealing film..." 09/18/1992 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...The best scenes in HUSBANDS AND WIVES are between the characters played by Allen and Farrow....Some of this dialogue must have cut very close to the bone..." 09/18/1992 p.41
Woody Allen
Judy Davis
Blythe Danner
Cast & Crew
Sydney Pollack - Actor
Blythe Danner - Actor
Judy Davis - Actor
Juliette Lewis - Actor
Liam Neeson - Actor
Mia Farrow - Actor
Jeffrey Kurland - Costume Designer
Woody Allen - Director
Carlo DiPalma - Director of Photography
Charles H. Joffee - Executive Producer
Jack Rollins - Executive Producer
Susan E. Morse - Film Editor
Robert Greenhunt - Producer
Santo Loquasto - Production Designer
Woody Allen - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 51557
UPC 00043396515574
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1993) Judy Davis, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Woody Allen, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
British Academy Awards (1993) Woody Allen, Winner, Best Original Screenplay
MTV Award (1993) Judy Davis, Nominee, Best Actress
Golden Globe (1993) Judy Davis, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Allen,Woody
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Fiercely funny! A groundbreaking film.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Mature, penetrating... excellent cast...
Larry Frascella, US Magazine Smart and funny.

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