Three married New Yorkers, Gus (Cassavetes), Harry (Gazzara) and Archie (Falk), are shaken up by the death of a close friend. The trio, suddenly aware of their mortality, embark on two days of talking, drinking and hoop-shooting.
A dire warning against becoming middle-aged and disappointed, this is a gruelling slog for those allergic to improvisation. But the performances are magnificent and the insights into the failings and insecurities of modern males remain bitingly funny and bittersweetly relevant.
If Cassavetes' hipster cine-language has lost a little of its age and the innovative improv style won't be for everyone, the themes he tackles, riffed by a masterful group of actors, remain enthralling.