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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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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 »
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(540 articles)
User Reviews:
A Triumph See more (110 total) »

Cast

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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: After Oscar throws Felix out of the apartment, the guys are out searching for Felix in Murray's police car. When Vinnie comes out of Felix's old apartment, they are seen driving in police car #578. In the next scene, they are parked and two other officers pull up in car #578, and the guys pull off in car #527. In the next scene, they are back in #578 again.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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Version of "The Odd Couple" (2015)See more »
Soundtrack:
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Triumph, 29 June 2014
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

No need to recap the plot. What a triumph of scripting and casting. The premise, viz. the neat freak and the slob, has got to be one of the most durable on record, accounting for both this movie and the long-running TV series. In fact, I count that early 20-minutes around the card table as one of the funniest and best-written episodes I've seen anywhere. If this isn't playwright Simon's best work, I don't know what is.

And what a fine example of ensemble acting are the poker-playing buddies, even if they never seem to play. Then too, get a load of the giddy Pigeon sisters. I love it when killjoy Felix gets them out of a romantic mood with a good cry. No wonder I-need-to-touch-something-soft Oscar wants to throttle him. And I'm still wondering whether Simon came up with the name "Felix Unger" because of the loaded initials or just happened to notice them. Anyway, the initials provide a good laugh.

Of course, filming a stage play is always tricky since there're minimal scene changes. Here there're basically only two sets. But I hardly notice because director Saks manages to keep somebody moving all the time. That, plus the quality of writing and acting, keeps attention from wandering. One thing I did notice. Catch how the poker players are bunched on one side of the table so that the camera can have an unobstructed angle. It's artificial but understandable.

Anyway, this is one of my favorite comedies, and I catch re-runs of the TV series when I can. Thanks Neil Simon for a truly inspired comedic set-up.

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