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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:
Joseph Kotcher, a retired traveling salesman, lives with his son Gerald and daughter-in-law Wilma in Los Angeles... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
avoid it 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:
Director Jack Lemmon's real life actress-wife Felicia Farr played Kotch's daughter-in-law Wilma Kotcher. This is the only time Farr was directed by her husband on a movie.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 The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Life Is What You Make ItSee more »

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5 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
avoid it, 21 February 2007

I had never seen Kotch, but had always wanted to because of the presence of Walter Matthau and because of Jack Lemmon as director. It finally showed up on TCM the other night and, after years of waiting, I sadly have to agree with the lone previous viewer who found it wretched. I hate to be, once again, the turd in the punchbowl of hosannas here, but there are no characters in this movie, only cardboard cutouts. Matthau (who I love) is simply not credible here as a man who needs to be put away; his off-the-wall performance never makes us believe he is anywhere close to senile. The opening scene, with its aforementioned treacly 70's score, is predictive of the dreck to come. The movie is never played for human drama but only for cheap laughs, and those are few and far between. In the end I did what I rarely do, i.e. said to myself "why I am torturing myself," shut it off, and put on a good Laurel and Hardy movie.

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