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The Sunshine Boys (I) (1975)

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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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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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The film was made and released about three years after its source play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1972. The original Broadway production of "The Sunshine Boys" opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York on 20th December 20 1972 and ran for 538 performances until 21st April 1974. During its run, the play transferred to two other theaters, the Shubert Theatre on 30th October 1973 and then the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 11th February 1974. The play was nominated for three Tony Awards in 1973 including Best Play, Best Actor in a Play (Jack Albertson) and Best Direction (Alan Arkin), but failed to win any. The play's setting is described in its introduction as: "An apartment in an old hotel on upper Broadway in New York City, a television studio and Willie's apartment." The play was Simon's ninth long-running hit. See more »

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Al Lewis: The man yells at me on stage and gets a million laughs. He yells at me off the stage - he gets a heart attack.
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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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a delight
29 September 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing accomplishment for George Burns. He had not made a film for almost 40 years and had never really acted before, and yet he gave one of the most moving performances I have ever seen in a motion picture. He was the oldest performer to ever win an Academy Award for best supporting actor and I think it would behoove acting students to study his wonderful performance. Neil Simon is one of my favorite writers and I think this is his best work. Burns and Matthau make movie magic and it is a delight from start to finish to see these two old pros at work.


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