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The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)

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

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

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The story of Mel and Edna ('Jack Lemmon (I)' 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 Prisoner of Second Avenue" play opened in London's West End at the Vaudeville Theatre on 30th June 2010. In the lead roles were Jeff Goldblum and Mercedes Ruehl, the latter marking Ruehl's English stage debut. 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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Mel: Sons of bitches! Dirty rotten bastards! You heard me.
[gesture's middle finger]
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Terrific comedy drama
21 March 2002 | by (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) – See all my reviews

I must confess I have a bias for films of the seventies. Most of my all time favourite films were made in that decade and this is one of them.

Jack Lemmon is a New York middle executive who is retrenched. We watch as he slides into depression. Their is some fine humour in this film, which, incidentally was not well received critically, but it is really the underlying drama that makes this such a great film. It is an intensely personal film for me and, apart from some overacting, there is little I can criticise. It is an incisive and briskly paced comedy drama which I never tire of viewing.

By the way, watch out for cameos by pre-fame Sylvester Stallone and F. Murray Abraham.


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