Husbands and Wives

Synopsis: When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and meet new people, the marriage of Gabe and Judy gets more and more strained, and they begin to find themselves being attracted to other people.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Einstein was then celebrating...

...the 70th birthday anniversary...

...and there was a colloquium|given for him.

And he said:

"God doesn't play dice|with the universe. "

No, he just plays hide-and-seek.

Learn to write screenplays,|television scripts, plays...

Jesus, they're so full of it.

You can't teach writing.|You expose students... good work and hope|it inspires them.

Some can write,|others will never learn.

You lose patience|if the student isn't Dostoyevsky.

No, that isn't true. That's crazy.

It's worth it when you get|a gifted pupil.

A girl in my class|wrote a great story:

"Oral Sex in the Age of|Deconstruction."

- It's full of insight, romantic...|- They're here.

Jack will wanna take us|for Chinese food again.

I think Sally's tired|of our pasta places.

- Hi.|- Is it supposed to rain?


Let me take your coat.

I opened some white wine.|You want some?

They're doing something at 80th.

Jack? You want some cold white wine?

When I go to your place, it's murder.

So, Chinese, right? I can't|talk you into Italian?

Listen, don't get crazy, you know?

Before we go out to dinner|we wanna tell you something.

- You want to?|- Go ahead.

- What? What?|- Somebody tell us.

Jack and I are splitting up.

Oh, I see. It's just...|Nothing serious.

We discussed this for a long time|and we both think it's for the best.

You are joking, of course.

Don't make a big deal, okay?|We're fine.

- Are you serious?|- We are. We're fine.

- We both... We discussed it.|- It's mutual.

What do you mean?

Let's go talk about this at dinner.

I'm not going out to dinner.

Since when has this been decided?|What are we talking about here?

We've been discussing it.

Don't be worried.|There's no hostility.

You see? We're fine.

- What is the reason?|- Don't...

Gabe, it's none of our business.

Don't turn this into a tragedy.|It's a positive thing.

How can you break up? It's insane.

You're Jack and Sally.|You got two kids.

Our kids are grown up.|They're in college.

We won't bore you with details.

I can't get my mind around this.|Since when? You get along so well.

She's right.|Have you met other people?

Gabe, it's not our business.

- I'm fascinated by this.|- I feel sick.

We didn't wanna ruin anything.

- We wanna see what it's like to be...|- Apart for a while.

Don't not support us.|We've gotten the nerve...

This is insanity.|You'll be back together...

She's keeping the place in Riverdale.|I'm looking for a place in town.

I just feel shattered.

- Oh, come on, Judy.|- I do.

Come on, let's eat.

What do you mean,|"Come on, let's eat"?

"Come on"? I can't eat.

- Don't get angry.|- I'm not!

- I'm not angry!|- I knew it.

You march in here and announce|you're breaking up?

You have two kids!|Why are you doing this?

This is not our business.

Why not? They're our|closest friends!

There is no one traumatic event.

People grow apart. It's a lot of|little personal things. Now stop it.

I don't wanna hear this bullshit.

- Why is she so upset?|- Judy...

She cares about us.

Well, I care about you too.

- We're fine, okay?|- Judy!

- We wanna do this.|- This is crazy.

Why are you taking|this so personally?

I'm upset! All right?|Can't I be upset?

I've discussed this in therapy.

You have? You never said a word!

- You said this wasn't our business.|- We were all so close!

I assumed we were.

She's very upset.

Will you please not|turn this into a wake?

Why is this such a personal thing|for you? I don't know what to say.

Let's just go out to dinner|and forget it.

- Judy, come on!|- I knew this would happen.

So why were you so upset?

I don't know. I really don't know.

- It was a total shock?|- Yeah, completely.

They were so casual about it.

They didn't seem to be|appropriately upset.

Were you hurt because Sally never|mentioned anything to you?


I think, if I look hard...|Searching over the time...

...when we were alone together...

She may have occasionally|remarked about wondering...

...what it would be like|to be single.

Now, with all she knew, all she'd|experienced. That kind of thing.

But she never said anything|negative about Jack.

Before we go on, tell us|something about yourself.

So we know who you are.

Okay. My name is Judy Roth.|I'm married to Gabe.

We've been married about 10 years.

I work for an art magazine.|We don't have any children.

I have a daughter|from a previous marriage.

I was married when I was very young,|to an architect.

It didn't work out.|It's nobody's fault.

Judy told us they did|finally go to dinner.

She said she was tense and nervous,|although the others seemed fine.

Afterwards, they walked home.

She tried to participate,|but found the atmosphere strained.

All in all, she said,|it was a very peculiar evening.

It's amazing, isn't it?

You think you're friendly|with people and it turns out... really have no idea|what they're thinking.

Do you ever hide things from me?

Me? What kind of things?

I don't know. Feelings, you know.

Longings. Complaints.


- Do you?|- No.

Sometimes, maybe.

Really? Like what?

I don't know. You know how|you're always so critical?

We've had this conversation.

You're definitely in a strange|mood tonight.

I'm fine. I'm sorry.

Jack never gave you an inkling?|It's strange, you guys are so close.

I remember one incident|he mentioned at his office.

Jack, trust me on this.

This girl is to die.

Shawn Grainger, she's built|out to here.

You will have the time of your life.

And for $200, believe me,|it's a bargain.

I'm not gonna do it.|What about AIDS?

She's not a whore.|She's a high-class call girl.

She'll do anything you want.|And on top of it, she's got friends.

What about my wife? It's dangerous.

Who was the guy who told me...

...that your sex life|wasn't so terrific?

Come on, at a two-martini|lunch I'll say anything.

Shawn has got a mouth|like velvet. Believe me.

She was a former|Miss Something-or-Other.

What exactly did I say at lunch?

You said that Sally was cold,|and you were...

...dying to f***|your aerobics trainer.

I should never drink at lunch.

I'm gonna write down the number.

- I advise you to...|- What are you doing?

Hey. What...?

Have I steered you wrong?

- I've never...|- Get out of here.

There it is. Use it.

He called. I thought it was about|a month after he got my number.

He was polite on the phone.|A little tense.

I can always tell who's inexperienced.

He wanted to meet|at the Americana Hotel.

When I got there he was very polite,|very gentlemanly. Very nervous.

He couldn't go through with it.|He couldn't get it up.

He had pains in his chest.|I thought it was...

...a heart attack, but they passed.

- That was the last you saw of him?|- He called a couple of months later.

We met at the same hotel.|This time he slept with me.

Then I started seeing him fairly|regularly, every two, three weeks.

He said he'd seen a psychiatrist|and worked out his problem.

Once I couldn't make it|so I sent a friend.

Then he started seeing both of us.

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