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The Out of Towners (1970)

G | | Comedy | 28 May 1970 (USA)
George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it ... See full summary »

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George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it applies to himself and Gwen, but he still looks to her for validation. Working for a plastics company, George believes he is a shoo-in for the company's Vice-President of Sales, New York Division job, a position located in New York City. George is looking forward to their future life in New York City, with all the amenities and benefits living in the big city has to offer. For George's 9 am interview, George and Gwen plan on taking a flight that lands in New York at 8 pm the evening before, which gives them time for dinner at New York's finest restaurant, The Four Seasons, and a comfortable night's stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel before the interview. But nothing on this trip goes according to plan. In fact, what can go wrong, does. Because of circumstances, it even looks as if George may miss his... Written by Huggo

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When they take you for an out-of-towner, they really take you.

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The film was remade twenty-nine years later. The remake The Out-of-Towners (1999) starred Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn in the parts played by Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. See more »

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As the couple exits a congested Grand Central Station in New York, a very large "Notice of Filming" disclosure sign is clearly visible on the door George storms through to the street. Such signs are commonly used whenever a film crew shoots in a practical location, in order to indemnify the production from any recourse from shooting real people in public places, but they are normally far out of the camera frame. See more »

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George Kellerman: You know how long we were in line?
Gwen Kellerman: Two hours.
George Kellerman: Two hours. That's how long.
Waiter in Dining Car on Train: [hands a plate of food and coffee to a customer] Chicken sandwich and coffee.
George Kellerman: Can we see a menu, please?
Waiter in Dining Car on Train: We just got sandwiches and drinks.
George Kellerman: Oh. Eh, two Chicken sandwiches, please.
Waiter in Dining Car on Train: Sorry, no chicken.
George Kellerman: Isn't that chicken?
Waiter in Dining Car on Train: Yeah, that's chicken. But when he eats that, that's the end of the chicken.
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unbelievable comedy,one of the best ever
13 November 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

The real fascinating thing about cinema,is that no matter how many movies you might have seen,there are always going to be films that you have missed and are great ,to say the least.This is the case with the "Out of Towners". I saw a few years ago the remake with Steve Martin and as a big fan of Steve's i liked the film.Actually i didn't know back then ,that there was an original with Jack Lemmon.Anyway i have bought the DVD and just put it in a box to watch it sometime. I never thought, that this was an absolutely hilarious comedy ,with Jack Lemmon, for me ,being even better than "the odd couple". His character is similar to the one he played alongside Matthau ,but we are talking about an amazing performance here.I'm really surprised that he wasn't even nominated for an Oscar(he was nominated though for a Golden Globe). A couple (Sandy Dennis plays the wife)starts a journey to N.Y ,because Lemmon has planned an interview for his new job.He has a strict schedule that includes dinner at the "4 Seasons" restaurant and spending the night with his wife at his luxury hotel. I really can't describe what's happening after the boarding on the plane.EVERYTHING THAT COULD GO WRONG WENT WRONG. But the real magic of the film is that at no point in the film ,you can accuse the writers that they overdid it with the story.And Lemmon has a big part to do with that, because he plays amazingly. Sandy Dennis also plays her part extremely well and has a fine chemistry with Lemmon. A classic in my collection ,with out a doubt in the top-5 of all the comedies i have ever watched. Watch it and enjoy yourselves.


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