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Such Good Friends (1971)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 23 March 1972 (UK)
While awaiting the outcome of her husband's surgery, Julie Messinger discovers he has been having affairs.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Lois Gould (based on the novel by), Elaine May (screenplay) (as Esther Dale) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dyan Cannon ... Julie
James Coco ... Timmy
Jennifer O'Neill ... Miranda
Ken Howard ... Cal
Nina Foch ... Julie's Mother
Laurence Luckinbill ... Richard
Louise Lasser ... Marcy
Burgess Meredith ... Kalman
Sam Levene ... Uncle Eddie
William Redfield ... Barney
James Beard James Beard ... Dr. Mahler
Rita Gam ... Doria
Michael Giordano III Michael Giordano III ... Matthew
Oscar Grossman Oscar Grossman ... The Doorman
Nancy Guild ... Molly
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Storyline

Julie Messinger has it made. She is a New York housewife whose husband, Richard, is an editor for a prominent photography magazine. They have a small circle of friends, including well-meaning, but inept Dr. Timothy Spector, photographer Cal Whiting and Cal's live-in girlfriend Miranda. Julie's mother spends her days getting pedicures and manicures, applying make-up and fake eye-lashes and buying expensive clothes, all the while criticizing her daughter for her looks and behavior. When Richard goes into the hospital for a minor mole-removal surgery, Julie gets more than she bargained for. Richard suffers from complications and goes into a coma, supposedly caused by a rare surgical factor, and she gathers friends and family together, culminating in a hilarious "quasi-cocktail-party" scene in the blood donation center of the hospital. While dealing with red tape, hospital bureaucracy and clueless doctors, Julie discovers her husband's "little black book," which contains the names of her ... Written by thustlebird

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Taglines:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...Miranda, Audrey, Jessica, Marcy, Doria... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Such Good Friends See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter "Esther Dale" is a pseudonym for Elaine May. May did not want her real name to be credited when she wasn't directing. So, for this reason alone, she decided to use this pseudonym. See more »

Quotes

Julie Messinger: How do I look?
Dr. Timmy Spector: Julie, he's unconscious!
Julie Messinger: I know, but I wanna look nice.
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Crazy Credits

In the film's opening, three red-colored "legs-crossed icons" (the trademark that Saul Bass created for the film, as seen on the poster) converge on a blank screen to form one whole icon. The title appears and then below the title, it reads "AN OTTO PREMINGER FILM". Cast and crew are credited in the closing, but nowhere else. Preminger was the only one credited in the opening. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some versions cut the intimate scene between Ken Howard and Dyan Cannon, in which Howard's character takes a faux nude picture of Cannon. See more »

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Features Adventures of Superman (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Suddenly It's All Tomorrow
Sung by O.C. Smith
Music by Thomas Z. Shepard
Lyrics by Robert Brittan
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Such An Out-Dated Movie
20 August 2006 | by BachlorinParadiseSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of the beautiful, sexy, and talented Dyan Cannon. I saw this film when it first came out in 1971 and thought it was funny, sexy, well-acted, and entertaining. Well, I just saw this movie today, after some 35 years and it hasn't aged well. The movie about a medical mishap and extra-marital affairs is now old news. The plot no longer has the kick it had back in 1971. There are some bright spots that are still shinny; an all-star cast of veteran actors, the sexy Miss Cannon and the equally attractive Jennifer O'Neal, and one very humor "sex" scene. Aside from that, the movie is slow moving and somewhat dull. The plot is depressing, and the ending makes little or no sense. So, unless you're a big fan of Dyan Cannon or Jennifer O'Neal, I'd forget about Such Good Friends.


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