Grumpy Old Men

Grumpy Old Men

Donald Petrie (1993)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were one of the all-time great partnerships and this engaging comedy marked their seventh screen collaboration - the first was back in 1966 in The Fortune Cookie. In this high-concept tale, they are a gentler variation on Harry Enfield's Old Gits skit - warring senior citizens whose feuding escalates as they battle for the hand of Ann-Margret. Although the script isn't quite as strong as it could be, the chemistry between the two stars is irresistible and they are matched by an equally strong supporting cast that includes Burgess Meredith, Kevin Pollak and Ossie Davis. It certainly struck a chord for "grey power" at the box office and was followed by a not-so-successful sequel, Grumpier Old Men, which went straight to video in the UK.


Two cantankerous elderly neighbours have known each other a lifetime, and to liven up their otherwise dull existences they continually trade insults - but the arrival of an attractive widow in the area gives them real grounds to argue. Comedy, starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith and Daryl Hannah.

Cast & Crew

Max Goldman Walter Matthau
John Gustafson Jack Lemmon
Ariel Truax Ann-Margret
Grandpa Gustafson Burgess Meredith
Melanie Daryl Hannah
Jacob Goldman Kevin Pollak
Chuck Ossie Davis
Snyder Buck Henry
Director Donald Petrie
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video