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The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)

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

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Belle Edison
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Mr. Jacobi
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Charlie
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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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A Második utca foglyai  »

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Trivia

F. Murray Abraham: As a New York taxi driver. Of the two films that Abraham appeared in in 1975, both were works by Neil Simon, the other was _The Sunshine Boys_. See more »

Goofs

The apartment building's supposed address, 385 East 88th Street, is actually nearer to First Avenue than to Second. See more »

Quotes

Edna: I thought you wanted to do something, help him.
Harry Edison: We *do* want to help him!
Edna: Then help him!
Harry Edison: Not when he's sick. When he's better, we'll help him.
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Referenced in Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon (2002) See more »

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Don't "Save the Tiger"--it's Second to this Prisoner
12 October 2000 | by 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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