The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

Gene Saks (1968)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In this film version of Neil Simon's celebrated play, Jack Lemmon, devastated by the break-up of his marriage, packs his sinuses and his nervous tics and moves in with happily divorced Walter Matthau. While Lemmon is the finicky housewife (crustless sandwiches, coasters for drinks, nifty hoover technique), Matthau is the arch slob (brimming ashtrays, unmade bed, linguini on the walls), and they inevitably drive each other nuts. Apart from a cringe-making scene featuring two English girls, this comedy has weathered well, and it bristles with one-liners timed to perfection by the two leads, the American cinema's best comedy duo since Buster and Keaton.


Fastidious divorcee Felix moves in with slovenly sports writer Oscar and proceeds to clean up his chaotically untidy apartment, leading to all manner of domestic discord. Comedy based on Neil Simon's stage play, starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman and David Sheiner.

Cast & Crew

Felix Ungar Jack Lemmon
Oscar Madison Walter Matthau
Vinnie John Fiedler
Murray Herb Edelman
Roy David Sheiner
Speed Larry Haines
Cecily Monica Evans
Gwendolyn Carole Shelley
Director Gene Saks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD