6.7/10
2,113
42 user 14 critic

The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)

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

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Capone (1975)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years. Unusually, briefly covering the years ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems.

Directors: Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Perry King
Plaza Suite (1971)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three separate stories concerning relationship issues are presented, each largely taking place in suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. In story one, suburban New Yorkers Sam and ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director: Dick Richards
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante
F.I.S.T. (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A businessman's professional struggles begin to conflict with his personal life over the course of two days.

Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Gladys Glover has just lost her modelling job when she meets filmmaker Pete Sheppard shooting a documentary in Central Park. For Pete it's love at first sight, but Gladys has her mind on ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford
Mandingo (1975)
Action | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: James Mason, Susan George, Perry King
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In New York in the late 60s, a politically motivated group of students plans bombings of company offices who do business with dictators in Middle American countries. But when they contact a... See full summary »

Director: Robert Allen Schnitzer
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Tony Page, Rebecca Grimes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Edna Edison
Gene Saks ...
Harry Edison
...
Pauline
...
Pearl
...
Belle Edison
...
Mr. Jacobi
Gene Blakely ...
Charlie
Ivor Francis ...
Psychiatrist
Stack Pierce ...
Detective
Patricia Marshall ...
Mrs. Jacobi
Dee Carroll ...
Helen
Ketty Lester ...
Unemployment Clerk
...
Joe
...
Taxi Driver
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 May 1975 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Második utca foglyai  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the Jack Lemmon's biography "Lemmon" by Don Widener, actress Anne Bancroft recounted this episode from the film's shooting: "[Jack was] nice to a point where he's crazy...We had a scene in 'Prisoner [of Second Avenue'] where he had to carry a shovel in - a very close two-shot favoring me. I played the scene with tears in my eyes because Jack had accidentally hit me in the shin with that shovel. The director saw something was wrong so he stopped everything. I had a big bump on my leg, but it was Friday and over the weekend I fixed it up. When we came back on Monday the first scene was a retake of the shovel thing. Well, Jack brought the shovel in and I anticipated getting hit again. He's so full of energy, you're sure he's not noticing; but he never touched me. The take was fine, but Jack limped away. To avoid hurting me, he had cut himself. He was bleeding and we had to bandage his leg; his wound was much worse than mine. He is so kind he hurt himself rather than injure someone else. That's a little crazy! It's the nicest crazy I know, and I know a lot of crazy people." See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Edna: We've been robbed.
Mel: What do you mean, "robbed"?
Edna: Robbed. Robbed! What does "rob" mean? They come in, they take things out. You had 'em, now they got 'em. They used to be yours, now they're theirs. We've been robbed!
Mel: Uh, I don't understand... You mean someone walked in here and robbed us?
Edna: What do you think, they called up and made an appointment? We've been ROBBED!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Jack Lemmon= Awesome!
1 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After giving a positive review of the (apparently) universally-maligned "Disaster Movie", I thought it'd be nice to give another positive review of a comedy that, unlike the one I've mentioned, is very-well written and stars the cream of the Broadway crop. Jack Lemmon is excellent as the neurotic and ambiguously-crazy apartment dweller, harried as he is by noisy neighbors, chronic unemployment, and Sylvester Stallone bumping into him at the park. Neil Simon is a maestro of dark comedies about harried New Yorkers ("Biloxi Blues" with Matthew Broderick is another excellent example). In spite of Simon's cool dialogue and ability to make brilliant observations about minor events (such as a ransacked apartment), this movie would not be superb without Lemmon's proficient performance. Anne Bancroft seems like the perfect foil for Lemmon to play off against, and she fulfills that roll beautifully. Lemmon shows he as just as brilliant with comedy as he is drama (i.e. "The China Syndrome"), and this movie is just another example of why he was an underrated Hollywood legend.

P.S. Pay close attention to the one-liners disguised as news reports in the voice-overs by Gary Owens.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Censored on TCM? yakikorosu
Can someone tell me what this film is actually about? bullsch
what a classic film....Jack Lemmon was great!!! eric_rosenberg7
Please help...is this the movie where... lisaplus1
Old Marbles-mouth?? stevem-26
This movie reminds me of another... jawebster2000
Discuss The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?