The Man Upstairs

The Man Upstairs

George Schaefer (1992)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A much awaited but ultimately disappointing appearance from a frail Katharine Hepburn, playing a rich recluse who discovers prisoner-on-the-run Ryan O'Neal hiding in her attic. Hepburn is as accomplished as ever, but the script lets her down by giving her some decidedly mawkish speeches. O'Neal, looking rather raddled, does his best with the material available. Co-executive producer is Burt Reynolds, who intended to star in this himself until other commitments intervened. One must be thankful for small mercies.


A reclusive spinster finds an escaped petty thief in her attic, but rather than turning him in, decides to try and reform his crooked character. The mismatched pair form an unlikely friendship that is destined to end in sadness. Comedy drama, starring Katharine Hepburn, Ryan O'Neal and Helena Carroll.

Cast & Crew

Victoria Browne Katharine Hepburn
Moony Polaski Ryan O'Neal
Molly Helena Carroll
Sheriff Henry Beckman
Cloris Brenda Forbes
Roy Lawrence King
Priest Tom McBeath
Store owner Sam Malkin
Mrs Paterson Florence C Paterson
Mayor Robert Wisden
Suzy Keli Fox
Director George Schaefer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColour
Drama Comedy