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Director:
Writers:
John Paxton (screenplay)
Katharine Topkins (novel)
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Release Date:
17 September 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Avoiding to settle in a nursing home, Joseph Kotcher, a retired salesman, is obliged to leave his son's family... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
A hidden gem See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Walter Matthau ... Joseph P. Kotcher
Deborah Winters ... Erica Herzenstiel

Felicia Farr ... Wilma Kotcher

Charles Aidman ... Gerald Kotcher

Ellen Geer ... Vera Kotcher
Donald Kowalski ... Duncan Kotcher
Dean Kowalski ... Duncan Kotcher
Arlen Stuart ... Mrs. Fisher
Jane Connell ... Miss Roberts
James Brodhead ... Mr. Weaver (as James E. Brodhead)
Jessica Rains ... Dr. McKernan

Darrell Larson ... Vincent Perrin

Biff Elliot ... Motel Manager

Paul Picerni ... Dr. Ramon Caudillo
Lucy Saroyan ... Sissy
Kim Hamilton ... Emma Daly
Tamar Cooper ... Nurse
Amzie Strickland ... Nurse Barons
Paul Fierro ... Pablo

Larry Linville ... Peter Stiel
Penny Santon ... Mrs. Segura
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janya Braunt ... Mrs. Pugh (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Dorothy Ballinger (uncredited)
Jason Karpf ... Trick or Treater (uncredited)

Jack Lemmon ... Sleeping Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Lemmon 
 
Writing credits
John Paxton (screenplay)

Katharine Topkins (novel "Kotch")

Produced by
Richard Carter .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Casting by
Barbara Gallagher 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Poplin 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
John A. Anderson  (as John Anderson)
 
Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hairdresser
Harry Ray .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Leon Chooluck .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dismukes .... assistant director
Harry Hogan III .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... properties
 
Sound Department
Richard Portman .... re-recording supervisor
Jack Solomon .... sound
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Jack Erickson .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Adams .... key grip
Tim Griffith .... gaffer
Eric D. Andersen .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Ruth Carter .... location still photographer (uncredited)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (uncredited)
Hal Shiffman .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Irving Rosenblum .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maria Luisa Alcaraz .... production coordinator (as Maria-Luisa Alcaraz)
Alan DeWitt .... dialogue director
Susan Dworsky .... special properties
Henry L. Jaffe .... consultant (as Henry L. Jaffe M.D.)
Jeremy Lepard .... title designer
Joe Mazzuca .... script supervisor
Art Sarno .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
113 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Walter Matthau was only 50 at the time of filming. The actor playing his son (Charles Aidman) was 45.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Kotch collects old bowling pins to throw into his fireplace to keep warm; in reality, the thick plastic coatings would create smoke and noxious fumes.See more »
Quotes:
Erica Herzenstiel:Dumbest thing I've done in my life, having a baby in a filling station.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau (2001) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Life Is What You Make ItSee more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A hidden gem, 30 April 2005
Author: Mark Freckleton (osgrath@usa.net) from Cedar Hills, Utah, USA

When this movie first came out I was in college and must have taken 4 or 5 different dates to see it. This movie was a mini cult phenomenon on campus, at least where I was, so I have always been surprised that it didn't get more publicity and acclaim. I saw it so many times because I felt it was a very worthwhile and meaningful film as a view into aging, the way we take care of elderly people, especially when it might be inconvenient for us. It was a good look into the feelings and hang-ups of people interacting among themselves: a retired man feeling increasingliy irrelevant in the environment he is compelled to live in, his spineless and uncomprehending son who doesn't offer much support at all, and his post-natal depressive daughter-in-law who can't understand why she has to put up with this codger who complicates her alreay-more-complicated life.

The movie also has a lot to say about the power of the human spirit to cope with change and make the best of things that aren't always going the way we always want them to.

I would like to see it again after 30+ years, but I can't find it at the usual rental stores. Having thought about it, though, I will continue to seek.

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