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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:
A So-So Movie 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)
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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 (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Ellen Geer playing Vera Kotcher, the late wife of Kotch (Walter Matthau), actually later played the director Jack Lemmon's ex-wife in The Odd Couple II (1998).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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A So-So Movie, 30 June 2014
Author: ChromiumVortex from United States

I saw this movie when I was a teenager. From what I remember of it, it was a waste of good talent. Walter Matthau did his best acting and Jack Lemmon did his best directing. However, somehow the script just didn't do justice for either one of these two celebrities. I've seen Deborah Winters in other movies and back then it seemed as though she gravitated towards controversial roles such as a 16-year old drug addict or pregnant teenager. I absolutely hate that song "Life Is What You Make It," because they played it throughout this entire movie over and over again; and seeing the pregnant teenage Deborah Winters and hearing Walter Matthau's New York accent as this unusually compassionate older man somehow reminded me constantly of how much I absolutely hate deadbeat teen fathers. I always got the feeling throughout the film that I just wanted a scene in which the teen father of this girl's baby got the tar knocked out of him for being such a jerk. I vaguely recall one scene in which he actually spoke with Deborah Winters after he had gotten her pregnant, but he was more annoying than anything. The kind of teen father that would create a precedent in our court system to make justifiable patricide perfectly legal for all youngsters who have the indignity of having someone like him for a biological father. By the way, I disagree with the title of that stupid song, "Life Is What You Make It." I can't believe that song even won an award. It's crass and callous in its lyrics, because some people are born more privileged than others in the real world and the lyrics of that song just don't own up to that same reality of life. If you have nothing better to do with your time, you may want to give this movie a peek. However, if you have limited time like me, it's probably not worth watching.

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