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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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The little black book that became a national bestseller. 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

When Ken Howard shows Dyan Cannon the nude photo he took of her, the face is Cannon's but the body is someone else's. Dyan Cannon was uncomfortable doing a nude scene, especially directed by Otto Preminger, so she went for this option. See more »

Quotes

Bernard Kalman: [haughtily, in a loin cloth at a New York rooftop party] You liked my novel? I was surprised when it sold. I didn't write it for that. Anyway, I've been elected head of this new cultural committee. I flew to Washington last week. I didn't want to go, God knows... but the position has given me a sense of freedom. I can, at last, approach the President and say, point blank..."How 'bout a little nukie?" I will have performed a valuable service for this troubled nation. Shall we dance, madame?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Bass on Titles (1977) 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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Great satire of the New York way of life
30 June 2000 | by alberto-27See all my reviews

29 years before American Beauty, Otto Preminger destroys the icons of american life, from the husband to the mother to the medical doctor, in a vitriolic satire where only the wronged ones gain the viewer's sympathy.

Ever asked yourself why you should be faithful to your husband/wife? See this movie. I loved it.


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