Synopsis: A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): John Cassavetes
Production: Columbia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
131 min

Throw the way she counts.

One, two, three, four, nine. Here we go!

Come on up here

and let's finish this one over here.


I suppose this is proper,

all these big cars and chauffeurs.

Black shiny cars.

Seems dopey for a guy like that.

Well, I guess that's what they do.

People get symbolic over death.

They get very formal,

and it's really ridiculous.

Because it's probably

the most humiliating thing in the world.

But I feel very relaxed.

People die of tensions.

That's all they die of, Gus.

That's the truth. Did you know that?

I know it, and it's something

I'm never gonna forget.

Don't believe truth.

Just don't believe truth.

Archie, I'm telling you,

don't believe truth.

That is the truth now.

You see, the truth will never kill you.

Lies will. Not cigarettes, not alcohol.

Lies, Gus. Lies and tensions.

That'll kill you.

That'll kill you before cancer in the heart.

Did you know that?

Now, give me a cigarette, will you?

Give me a cigarette.

- What, now?

- Yeah, now.

And give me a match, too.

I don't have any matches.

I don't know if I have a match.

I don't think I have a match.

- I don't have any.

- I don't have a match.


You got a match?

Let us be grateful for the smiles.

Let us not think of sadness.

Let us bury this man

who has gone noisily through life

and made a quiet exit.

Who found time for the smallest child

and for the oldest man.

Who found time in his life

to make room for your lives.

A man who was respected

and honored and loved

by the fellow members of his community.

When we speak of a man

that's naive and full of innocence,

we think naturally of Stuart Jackson.

I recognize some, I don't know others,

but I know one thing.

That you're all saddened.

Saddened by the loss of what

we all consider a great, great friend.

Not a friend in need particularly,

not a friend giving to a friend.

Not really there to listen,

but a person who made

you feel that you belonged.

This was a man beloved by his dear wife

and beloved by his two children,

who now have a great void

to fill in their lives.

This Stuart...

This Stuart, a man with so many friends,

as you see here today,

that are deeply,

deeply affected by his loss.

Let us offer God our prayers

for his eternal soul.

And now a silent prayer.

A silent moment

to recognize Stuart Jackson.

- I'm so glad...

- It's okay.

I'm glad you could come.

I didn't like it.

I didn't like what he said.

- I'm not going home.

- It moved me, but I resent it,

- 'cause what he said, he said nothing.

- You know what I resented?

- I mean, say this, just say he was funny.

- Gus, you know what I resented?

Say he was a funny man.

There's a dead man laying there,

- and she's moved, you know that.

- 'Cause if you can't say the right thing

- when a man dies...

- But you don't talk about insurance...

...then what the hell is it all about?

Not at a time like that.

You don't talk about insurance,

you understand?

- Not at a funeral.

- One thing, he was a clown.

Say he was a clown, say he died too young,

and that's all, and that's it.

- You understand what I mean, Gus?

- Look, it's done!

It was done wrong, but it's done, so be it!

Well, I'm not going home.

So we'II...

I'm gonna get very drunk.


That's right. Your coat's seen enough.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

- Gussie.

- Yeah.

- Gussie.

- What?

Well, what are we gonna do?

Well, we can do anything we wanna do.

So what do you wanna do?

I mean, what do you prefer to do?

I mean, if you had a preference?

Well, I'd be a professional athlete

because they really put out.

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John Cassavetes

John Nicholas Cassavetes (; December 9, 1929 – February 3, 1989) was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. Cassavetes was a pioneer of American independent film, writing and directing over a dozen movies, which he partially self-financed, and pioneered the use of improvisation and a cinéma vérité style. He also acted in many Hollywood films, notably Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). He studied acting with Don Richardson, utilizing an alternative technique to method acting which privileged character over traditional narrative. His income from acting made it possible for him to direct his own films independently.Cassavetes was nominated for three separate Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for The Dirty Dozen (1967), Best Original Screenplay for Faces (1968) and Best Director for A Woman Under the Influence (1974). His children Nick Cassavetes, Zoe Cassavetes, and Xan Cassavetes are also filmmakers. more…

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