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

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Ben Clark
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Nurse in Sketch (Miss McIntosh)
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Mrs. Doris Green, Al's Daughter
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Odessa, Willy's nurse (as Rosetta Le Noire)
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Mr. Walsh, Commerical Director
James Cranna ...
Mr. Schaeffer, TV Director
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Helen Clark
Fritz Feld ...
Mr. Gilbert, Man at Audition
Jack Bernardi ...
Man at Audition
Garn Stephens ...
Eddie, the Stage Manager
Santos Morales ...
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Lewis and Clark were famous comedians during the vaudeville era; off-stage, though, they couldn't stand each other and haven't spoken in over 20 years. Ben, Willy Clark's nephew, is the producer of a variety show that wants to feature a reunion of the classic duo. How will Ben convince the crotchety old comedians to put aside their differences before the big show? Written by Mike Konczewski

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For the price of a movie, you'll feel like a million!

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30 January 1976 (Denmark)  »

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Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys  »

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Woody Allen originally was asked to direct, but he was more interested in playing the role of Lewis and declined the offer. Twenty years later he would be cast as Lewis in The Sunshine Boys (1996). See more »

Goofs

Walter Matthau takes a teabag from his cup and places it into the cup of George Burns. A moment later George Burns reaches for the teabag to remove it but the string has changed direction and is hanging down from the other side of the cup. See more »

Quotes

Willy Clark: Lousy Japs, they lost the war, now they send us their junk!
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Connections

Version of Sonny Boys (1982) See more »

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Make 'Em Laugh
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Arranged by Conrad Salinger
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The Sunshine Boys
1 April 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Superb version of the early 1970's comedy by Neil Simon about two aging comics, who hate each other, who try to patch up their relationship for a comedy tribute. Matthau is right on, but it's Burns who steals scene after scene. Just watching all that talent makes the picture! Richard Benjamin is also very good as Matthau's agent and nephew. Keep an eye out for F. Murray Abraham and Howard Hessemen.


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