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The Odd Couple (1968)

G  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  16 May 1968 (USA)
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Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.



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Felix Ungar has just broken up with his wife. Despondent, he goes to kill himself but is saved by his friend Oscar Madison. With nowhere else to go, Felix is urged by Oscar to move in with him, at least for a while. The only problem is that Felix is neat, tidy, and neurotic, whereas Oscar is slovenly and casual. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Also Known As:

Extraña pareja  »

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Did You Know?


At about the 1 hour mark, Jack Lemmon enters a Bohack supermarket which was located at the SE corner of 87 St. and 2nd Ave. This is diagonally across from where "The Prisoner of Second Avenue"(1975) was filmed at 245 E. 87 St. on the NW corner. See more »


Oscar "spills" his chocolate ice cream on Felix's jacket lapel high at the button hole. At the restaurant, Felix is wiping the stain with water at a much lower location on the lapel. See more »


[first lines]
Felix Ungar: A room, please.
Hotel clerk: You alone?
[Felix nods]
Hotel clerk: Luggage?
[Felix shakes his head]
Hotel clerk: How long do you want it for?
Felix Ungar: Oh, not very long.
Hotel clerk: Five dollars.
[Felix isn't paying attention]
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Crazy Credits

When the credits for Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon are displayed, they are first in the wrong order (since Oscar also keeps mixing them up) and after a couple of seconds they shift to their correct positions. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Tormented (1992) See more »


Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Briefly sung a cappella by Walter Matthau
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my long-time favorite
23 January 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

"The Odd Couple" is one of those movies that far surpasses its reputation. People all know it, they hum the theme song, they complain of living with a sloppy "Oscar" or a fastidious "Felix"...but they're under-selling the film without knowing it. This isn't just about a neat guy living with a sloppy guy; it's a portrait of two friends helping each other through the agony of divorce. It's also damn funny from start to finish, but it's the kind of comedy that arises from realistic, stressful, and just plain awful situations. So, some viewers have actually found the film to be a bit uncomfortable, but I think its verisimilitude is its strength. Besides, Matthau's bulldog face just cracks me up! My favorite comedy, by a country mile.

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