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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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Neil Simon (from the play by)
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Release Date:
16 May 1968 (USA) See more »
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are The Odd Couple See more »
Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 .... makeup 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 (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
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Ireland:G | Netherlands:AL | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:G (PCA #21575) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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The two great friends, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, are paired in a movie for the second of ten times.See more »
Continuity: When Oscar is walking down the hall to show Felix his bedroom, the dart stuck in the wall under the dartboard has no feathers. Then once they walk back through the hall it now has plastic feathers.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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Best Neil Simon Ever Achieved, 12 July 2015
Author: garthbarnes-11100 from United States

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I am not a Neil Simon fan. Most of his movies I simply cannot take; they are so staged and contrived. They have such an air of a play about them; a total lack of verisimilitude. Please, watch Seems Like Old Times and tell me what the statistical probability of those occurrences would be: One in a billion? This movie is funny; the scene with Felix clearing his throat with those Moose calls is worth one showing alone. My other favorite is when one of the guys smells the cards,"He washed the cards, I can't believe it, He washed the cards, I'm getting out of here I can't take it anymore." Felix's anal retentive clean freak with Oscar's biggest slob on earth personalities generates lots of laughs. You will not suffer like you did in Barefoot In The Park with personalities around the couple that never have nor ever will live with you in an apartment building. The movie works because of the strength of the acting and the chemistry and comic timing of: Matthau and Lemmon. They work so well together. Walter was always so great with his facial expressions; often, the look he gets on his face is funnier than Simon's dialog.

No movie can be perfect, this is no exception. The pigeon sisters are not funny they are annoying, in the extreme. The scene is painfully bad. It drags on and on; when you read attacks on the movie here, trust me, this is what younger viewers are hating so badly. The scene was always too long and the writing with the two dumbest actresses they could have found lay waste to this part of the otherwise great movie. It is so phony, no women this stupid could possibly have functioned out in the world. The other part of the film, that drags, is after Oscar throws Felix out; this goes on and on pointlessly and without the slightest bit of humor. Simon always had dead spots in his writing; this movie is no exception. I, to be honest, get up during the Pidgeon sisters part, I come back ten minutes later. I usually turn the movie off after Oscar throws Felix out; the movie is over for all intents and purposes all that is left is unfunny resolution and boredom. Despite these flaws, which are minor compared to Biloxi Blues, Goodbye Girl or the dreadful Max Dugan Returns, the bulk of the movie is very hilarious.

The best of all that Neil Simon ever wrote. I agree with some of the above criticism; yet, it has some of the funniest scenes ever seen in a film and the two of them work together so well. A Very Good Comedy

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