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Based on Neil Simon's popular Broadway play, this 1975 film directed by Herbert Ross (The Turning Point, Footloose) pairs the legendary comic talents of Walter Matthau and George Burns as two old-time vaudevillians who could never stand the sight of each other. The two curmudgeons are roped into appearing on a television reunion special, and they find themselves rehashing the same arguments they had 50 years earlier. Burns came out of retirement for this role and won an Oscar for his work as the laconic half of the duo, while Matthau shines as the ham-handed antagonistic egomaniac. One of Neil Simon's snappiest creations has been energetically brought to life in this enjoyable comedy, and it's a rare opportunity to see two legends in finest form. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Matthau is simply at his zenith as W. Clark, king of all Kvetchers and mostly everything else. You should be warned...Matthau,s gate contains so much body language that you cant resist.Once in a great while he does listen to a very frustrated Dick Benjamin( who is terrific). Mr. Clark, cant open his own door easily, gets trappped in elevators..cant read directions ..cant find or read the copy...and lives in a world where seemingly everyone has gone mad..except for him.??
Through the laughs we see some meloncholy...just a bit mind you but enough. Burns is droll as ever as Mr Clark's old partner..
During one of the most funniest bits ever Clark gets " Fingered" and " Spritzed" Al this while he issues his revenge with a high pitched " ENTER"..
Truly a one of a kind film..its almost heartbreaking to know that a film like this can never ..never be made again..EVER!
Based in fact on a pair of real vaudevillians who barely spoke to each other offstage, Simon has found another bickering Odd Couple with which to mine great humor. Willy Clark (Matthau) is an irascible old coot that can't give up showbiz and has his poor harassed nephew (Richard Benjamin) flogging up commercials etc. which he invariably messes up. He has not spoken to the other half of the team Al Lewis (Burns) in years, still angry at percieved onstage slights and the fact that Lewis retired. The nephew gets the idea to reunite them to do one of their classic routines on TV and that's when the insults begin to fly.
I cannot disagree more with the reviewer that disparaged Matthau's performance. He is absolutely wonderful. The old age makeup is subtle and it is his brilliant acting that convinces us he is the same age and era as his wonderful counterpart George Burns, even though Matthau was probably 20-30 years younger. The various voice modulations Matthau uses for different effects is especially noteworthy.
George Burns was called out of near-retirement to replace Jack Benny (when Benny died) in this role, and it created a new career for this marvelous old trooper. He and Matthau are superb together, and they have these old poops down to a T.
There is much fun made of these old boy's lapses due to their age. Probably politically incorrect, it is gentle and affectionate humor to my mind. Simon loves these old guys, and his ear for dialogue and eye for observation of behavior is as good here as anything he's done.Read more ›
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Un film d`enfance...retrouvé.
Toujours autant de plaisir à revoir ce duo si comique.
Merci pour tout. Read more
For a period of time this DVD was out of stock on Amazon.....then a couple of weeks ago it was relisted and I ordered it. Read morePublished on May 21 2009 by terry kelly
A masterpiece! I must have been about 10 years old (1980), the first time I saw this movie....it's almost 2003 and I laughed as much now as I did then (it's Walter, for goodness... Read morePublished on Dec 23 2002
I watched this movie about 100's as a kid....it's been 8-10 years since I last saw it...that is until this past weekend (12/22/02).. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2002
Walter Matthau is one half of a famous Vaudville comedy team, living in New York and still fancying himself a show biz hot ticket. Read morePublished on May 22 2002 by John Lease
I rented this movie and watched it three times in a 24 hour period. I couldn't stop laughing. This is one of Walter Matthau's best. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2001 by Maria Jaul
the best comibination is here. the cast is perfect and the dialogues are amazingly witty. a must see..Published on July 29 1999
This movie is spoiled by the ridiculous, over-the-top performance by the highly overrated Mr. Walter Matthau, who redefines the word 'hammy. Read morePublished on June 3 1999