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The Odd Couple -- Jack Lemmon plays fussy Felix, fastidious to a fault. He proves that cleanliness is next to insanity. Matthau is Oscar, who wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of a tornado.

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Director:
Writers:
Neil Simon (from the play by)
Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 May 1968 (Brazil) See more »
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Tagline:
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are The Odd Couple See more »
Plot:
Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Comedy as it should be.... See more (109 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jack Lemmon ... Felix Ungar

Walter Matthau ... Oscar Madison

John Fiedler ... Vinnie

Herb Edelman ... Murray (as Herbert Edelman)

David Sheiner ... Roy
Larry Haines ... Speed
Monica Evans ... Cecily

Carole Shelley ... Gwendolyn
Iris Adrian ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matty Alou ... Himself (uncredited)
Bill Baldwin ... Sports Announcer (uncredited)
Al Barlick ... Home Plate Umpire (uncredited)
John C. Becher ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Ted Beniades ... Bartender (uncredited)

Billie Bird ... Chambermaid (uncredited)
Patricia D. Bohannon ... Bowler (uncredited)
Ken Boyer ... Himself (uncredited)

Heywood Hale Broun ... Himself - Sports Writer (uncredited)
Jerry Buchek ... Himself (uncredited)
Roberto Clemente ... Himself (uncredited)
Tommy Davis ... Himself (uncredited)
Augie Donatelli ... First Base Umpire (uncredited)
Jack Fisher ... Himself (uncredited)
Ann Graeff ... Scrubwoman (uncredited)
Bud Harrelson ... Himself (uncredited)
Cleon Jones ... Himself (uncredited)
Ed Kranepool ... Himself (uncredited)
Vernon Law ... Himself (uncredited)
Jack Lightcap ... Public Address Announcer (uncredited)
Bill Mazeroski ... Himself (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Butcher (uncredited)

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Spear ... Janitor (uncredited)
Ralph Stantley ... Cop (uncredited)

Maury Wills ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Gene Saks 
 
Writing credits
Neil Simon (from the play by)

Neil Simon (screenplay)

Produced by
Howard W. Koch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Neal Hefti 
 
Cinematography by
Robert B. Hauser (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Ray Moyer 
 
Costume Design by
Jack Bear (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Jack Petty .... makeup artist
Harry Ray .... makeup artist
Wally Westmore .... hair style supervisor
 
Production Management
William Davidson .... unit production manager (as William C. Davidson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound recordist (as John Carter)
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank J. Calabria .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... wardrobe: men's (as John Anderson)
 
Music Department
Lowell Marttin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hal Mooney .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Luanna S. Poole .... script continuity
Gloria Gottschalk .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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105 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
According to former Paramount production chief Robert Evans in his memoir "The Kid Stays in the Picture", producer Howard Koch originally wanted to use the Broadway cast, Walter Matthau (Oscar) and Art Carney (Felix) in the movie. Evans wanted Jack Lemmon for Felix. Evans also wanted Billy Wilder, who directed Lemmon and Matthau in The Fortune Cookie (1966), as writer-director. The cost for the Lemmon-Matthau-Wilder package was $3 million plus 50% of the profits. Paramount owner Charlie Bluhdorn balked at the demands and personally took over negotiations. Wilder eventually dropped out. Lemmon was signed for $1 million against 10% of the gross and Matthau got a straight salary of $300,000.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When searching for Felix in the patrol car, the driver's side mirror disappears in the shot where Vinnie climbs in.See more »
Quotes:
[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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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Comedy as it should be...., 1 December 2001

I have seen this film many times and I like all bad teachers want to give it ten out of ten but feel that it would be unfair to other good films. However, I do think that this is one of those rare gems: a perfect comedy. It is I would venture one of the greatest comic films of all times. Matthau and Lemmon are perfectly matched and mismatched. The script is so sharp that you need to staunch the bleeding. The story is well known and has already been described in other comments. The two leads give extraordinary performances, the girls are superb and the situations are side-splittingly funny. Not one swear-word in sight (mark that Hollywood, you don't have to swear to be funny, you have to be witty) and the move from stage to film is seamless. They don't make'em like this any more. Timeless.

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