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The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  5 May 1975 (Sweden)
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A suddenly unemployed ex-executive suffers a nervous breakdown.

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Edna Edison
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Harry Edison
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Pauline
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Pearl
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Belle Edison
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Mr. Jacobi
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Charlie
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Helen
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Unemployment Clerk
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Joe
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The story of Mel and Edna (Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft), a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Manhattan high rise apartment building. Mel loses his job, the apartment is robbed, Edna gets a job, Mel loses his mind, Edna loses her job . . . to say nothing of the more minor tribulations of nosy neighbors, helpful relatives and exact bus fares. The couple suffers indignity after indignity (some self-inflicted) and when they seem on the verge of surrender, they thumb their noses defiantly and dig the trenches for battle. Written by alfiehitchie

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...and you think you've got problems.

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The film was made and released about four years after its source play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1971. The original Broadway production of "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theater on 11th November 1971 and ran for 798 performances until 29th September 1973. The play was nominated for three Tony Awards in 1972, Best Play, Best Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama - Vincent Gardenia and Best Direction - Mike Nichols, it winning the latter two categories. Actress Florence Stanley reprises her role as Pearl in the movie. The play's setting is described in its introduction as "An apartment in a modern building in New York's East 80s. The Present." See more »

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(at around 1h 12 mins) Harry's hands jump from being neatly interlaced on his lap to sprawled out on the chair arms. See more »

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Edna: I have no strength left. Nothing. I couldn't even open my pocketbook on the bus today. A little boy hadda help me.
Mel: You have strength, Edna.
Edna: I have ANGER! No strength.
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Don't "Save the Tiger"--it's Second to this Prisoner
12 October 2000 | by (Reidsville, NC) – See all my reviews

Though Jack Lemmon received a Best Actor Oscar for "Save the Tiger"--a film on which that honorable performance was wasted--perhaps his finest performance was the character of Mel Edison in this contemporary-for-its-time dramedy. One of the only films that I have seen him in where I genuinely "feel his pain"--study his expression after the deserved dousing with water he receives on his "growth on the side of the building they call a terrace"--Lemmon progresses from disgruntled advertising executive, to desperate unemployed victim of robbery and "the plot", then through a nervous breakdown and his eventual recovery. Perhaps this film's only flaw is its subject matter, as unemployment nowadays is virtually extinct, but it does not warrant anything less than a perfect 10 on my scorecard. Make this a Lemmon-must-see, along with "The China Syndrome", "Mister Roberts", "The Odd Couple", and "Glengarry Glen Ross".


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