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With: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Judy Davis, Blythe Danner, Juliette Lewis, Liam Neeson, Sydney Pollack
Written by: Woody Allen
Directed by: Woody Allen
MPAA Rating: R for language and a scene of sexuality
Running Time: 107
Date: 09/14/1992

Husbands and Wives (1992)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Mate or Break

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Judy Davis was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her great performance in this 1992 Woody Allen masterpiece, but let's not forget that Woody himself is a pretty great comic actor, playing nervousness and neuroses like he plays his clarinet. In the film, he's a professor who develops a crush on an attractive writing student (Juliette Lewis), endangering his relationship with his wife (Mia Farrow). Davis plays a distraught wife just beginning a divorce from her husband (Sydney Pollack) and dating a romantic Irishman (Liam Neeson).

Husbands and Wives was unfairly judged at the time because it paralleled Allen and Farrow's real-life romantic struggles, but this new DVD proves that it's one of the director's greatest films. It also received a Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay. Carlo Di Palma provided the mostly hand-held cinematography.

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