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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 »
User Reviews:
The one that started it all... See more (102 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 (music)
 
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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Trivia:
Tony Randall and Jack Klugman were considered for the roles of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, roles that they would later portray in the television series adaptation.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening scenes, when Felix is walking into the go-go dancer club, a woman with long brown hair is leaving. After Felix enters, she is dancing on stage.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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29 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
The one that started it all..., 3 December 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Buddy comedies always come down to two things: actors and their scripts. "The Odd Couple" works because it has two endearing characters and an often hilarious and always down-to-earth script, making it one of the best odd couple films of all time -- inspiring but not surpassing movies that share its genre, such as John Hughes' "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987) and Martin Brest's "Midnight Run" (1988). And, in some ways, even Barry Levinson's "Rain Man" (1988), a more dramatic buddy comedy that nevertheless takes a lot of pointers from this one.

Plots always help buddy comedies, of course, but it really depends on whether the two actors -- when confined to a solitary confinement -- can interact and make the audience laugh. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, two legendary screen comedians, can do just that. Their comedic chemistry in this film has often been mimicked by other rip-offs, such as "Grumpy Old Men." But this remains their ultimate combined-effort comedy.

This is the type of movie that is often referenced as the pinnacle buddy movie. Sure, it may not be the best, but it did inspire the entire odd couple genre, and I would definitely place it in the top five buddy comedies list if I ever made such a thing.

Felix (Jack Lemmon) has just been left by his wife, and so he goes to live with long-time poker pal Oscar (Walter Matthau), a grumpy and filthy slob who is the exact opposite of Felix, an uptight orderly man with a fetish for cleaning. In fact, he does just that in Oscar's apartment, which drives Oscar to the point of ultimate frustration. If these guys can't get along much longer, they'll just have to move along and forget their friendship. But things don't always turn out the way they appear.

Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" is full of inspired lunacy. It has some truly hilarious moments with great gags and interaction between its two lead stars, whose screen chemistry is undeniable -- there's a reason Hollywood paired Lemmon and Matthau together an uncountable number of times.

The film is lacking the humanity and sorrow of its characters that shines through in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"; there are few -- if any -- moments where the characters become so frustrated with each other that they blow up and then realize that they're not exactly how they thought. Remember the scene in the motel when Neal Page (Steve Martin) lashed out against Del Griffith (John Candy)? But after the comedy tirade ended, and as we laughed, the film took an unexpected turn when it revealed the Del character's utter hurt inside. Then we stopped laughing and we started crying.

That's lacking in "The Odd Couple," making it inferior to Hughes' comedy masterpiece, but it's a clever little film that inspired it all. Perhaps the best gag in the entire movie is one that was quite controversial at the time: Oscar finds a note next to his bed from Felix that says they're out of cereal, and the last two letters of the note are, "F U." Of course, the two letters "F U" are Felix Ungar's initials, but as Oscar implies, just imagine what he thought it meant when he first read the note.

I love comedies where you lock down a small number of people -- preferably a pair of opposites -- in a room and let their characters take over. I like when the dialogue is rich and funny and so very real. I guess I just like subtle character comedies -- overblown special effects comedies aren't always favorites of mine. "Dumb and Dumber" is one of my favorite buddy comedies, and it's not because it's crude or silly but because I like the pairing of its two stars, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, and I like the situations they get into.

"The Odd Couple" (based on the stage play by Simon) is the odd comedy that puts a smile on your face and delights the viewer. It's a fun movie, a great comedy, one of the finest and arguably the most acknowledged buddy film of all time. I saw it years ago and I've been laughing ever since. And despite its inferiority to some of the other buddy films that followed in its path, "The Odd Couple" is a delightful character comedy that will inspire similar comedies for years to come. Lord knows it already has.

5/5.

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