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The Odd Couple

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1968
  • Gene Saks
  • 101 mins
  • PG

Summary

Neil Simon's comedy of opposites, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. When Felix Ungar's marriage breaks up, his carefree poker pal Oscar Madison invites him to share in the squalor of his apartment. However, once the neurotic, domesticated Felix gives the place the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval", Oscar is determined that one of them must go and it won't be him.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Felix UngarJack Lemmon
Oscar MadisonWalter Matthau
VinnieJohn Fiedler
MurrayHerb Edelman
RoyDavid Sheiner
SpeedLarry Haines
CecilyMonica Evans
GwendolynCarole Shelley

Crew

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DirectorGene Saks

Details

Released on
1968-08-16
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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