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The Odd Couple (The Centennial Collection) (Bilingual)
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Neil Simon's terribly funny play about roommates Oscar the slob and Felix the neurotic was first committed to film in this 1968 production, directed by Gene Saks (Barefoot in the Park). Perfectly timed, ingeniously rendered, not a hair out of place in the history-making performances of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon (or the great support cast), The Odd Couple is a movie that one just has to see every two or three years to stay happy. The poker-game sequence in which Oscar's cronies seem to be falling under the sway of fussy Felix's talent for making sandwiches is priceless. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Recently divorced fussbudget and neatfreak Felix Unger (Lemmon) is down on his luck. With nowhere else to turn, he finds himself, reluctantly, on the doorstep of pal Oscar Madison (Matthau), who is himself divorced. Oscar is a total slob and proud of it. The film is all about how these total opposites, can live with each other, without losing their sanity.
While I never saw the play, (save for a High School produced short version) the filmmakers didn't mess with the formula. Adapting stage plays on film, can at times, seem quite limiting . Not here though. Director Gene Saks has great sense of what works. The chemistry between Lemmon and Matthau is undeniable. The performances are pitch perfect--even from the supporting players. Simon's story and script is timeless and holds up very well...The movie may have been made over 30 years ago and yet...I always liked watching the TV series, still, nothing beats the film version.
It's great to finally be able to see the movie in the widescreen format, though, a cleaner print is called for. The only bonus material on the DVD is the film's theatrical trailer. Both of these great actors are sadly no longer with us, but thankfully their work will live on, in the films they left behind. Recommended with a **** and 1 quarter rating.
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Perfect. Fun to watch especially with get togethers with the two English girls. Still as fresh as ever, thanks.Published 4 months ago by William Griffiths
It is a classic and I had it in my collection previously but wore it out watching it year after year! So....of course, fabulous.Published 14 months ago by J. Douglas
This is a very good movie. I really enjoy watching it.Published 17 months ago by Catherine Sandberg
if you hate men you going to love them after this movie. if you love men you gonna look at them with candor after this movie. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mrs. Mona
This is Lemmon and Matthau at their very best. Fabulous play by Neil Diamond, great supporting cast and a fun soundtrack thanks to Neal HeftiPublished on Sept. 18 2013 by kevin
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