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The Sunshine Boys (1975)

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
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Mr. Schaeffer, TV Director
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T.V. Floor Manager
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Helen Clark (as Jennifer Lee)
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Mr. Gilbert, Man at Audition
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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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30 January 1976 (Denmark)  »

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Trivia

At the Golden Globe awards, during the acceptance speech with Walter Matthau, George Burns said: "I just came up here to help him up. That's all." The quip received a standing ovation. See more »

Goofs

Walter Matthau takes a teabag from his cup and places it into the cup of George Burns. A moment later 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: Well, you know, people don't go out to New Jersey unless they have to.
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Connections

Referenced in NCIS: Identity Crisis (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Make 'Em Laugh
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Arranged by Conrad Salinger
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Exceedingly hilarious, very warm, and one of my favorite comedies...
25 February 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

A hilarious Neil Simon comedy that evokes laughs from beginning to end. The late Walter Matthau is the grouchy ex-comedian who is persuaded to join together with his ex-partner (the late Oscar-winner George Burns) for a final reunion show on stage.

Benjamin Martin is Matthau's agent and nephew, and the two have just as much chemistry as Matthau and Burns. I love Matthau's grumpy character--he's just the same as he always is, and yet also very different.

Burns, as the absent-minded old man, is just as funny as Matthau.

Matthau: Want some crackers? I've got coconut, pineapple and graham.

Burns: How about a plain cracker?

Matthau: I don't got plain. I got coconut, pineapple and graham.

Burns: Okay

Matthau: They're in the cupboard in the kitchen.

Burns: Maybe later.

Or how about this:

Matthau: When I did black, the whites knew what I was saying!

You've got to see it in the movie to understand it!

All in all, a refreshingly hilarious, sweet, heartfelt, warm, believable character comedy with a heart and some of the most memorable quotes of all time.

They just don't make them like this anymore! In a time when all the newest comedies are crude, juvenile and stupid, this leans back towards the tender core of what comedy really is--funny characters, smart and funny dialogue, and grand entertainment.

One of the best buddy comedies of all time, right up there with "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," "Lethal Weapon," and "The Hard Way."

You may have a hard time finding this for rent or on TV, but trust me, it will be worth your time!


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