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The Sunshine Boys -- George Burns ("Oh, God!") won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as one of two feuding vaudevillian actors who are reunited for a television comeback.


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Release Date:
30 January 1976 (Denmark) See more »
For the price of a movie, you'll feel like a million!
A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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With All the Sunshine Willie and Al Spread.................................. See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Matthau ... Willy Clark

George Burns ... Al Lewis

Richard Benjamin ... Ben Clark

Lee Meredith ... Nurse in Sketch (Miss McIntosh)

Carol Arthur ... Mrs. Doris Green, Al's Daughter

Rosetta LeNoire ... Odessa, Willy's nurse (as Rosetta Le Noire)

F. Murray Abraham ... Mechanic

Howard Hesseman ... Mr. Walsh, Commerical Director
James Cranna ... Mr. Schaeffer, TV Director

Ron Rifkin ... T.V. Floor Manager

Jennifer Lee ... Helen Clark
Fritz Feld ... Mr. Gilbert, Man at Audition
Jack Bernardi ... Man at Audition
Garn Stephens ... Eddie, the Stage Manager
Santos Morales ... Desk Clerk

Archie Hahn ... Assistant at Audition
Sid Gould ... Patient
Tom Spratley ... Card Player
Rashel Novikoff ... Woman in Hotel
Sammy Smith ... Man on Street
Dan Resin ... Mr. Ferranti, Actor's Fund Home Director
Milt Kogan ... Doctor
Bob Goldstein ... Waiter
Walter Stocker ... T.V. Executive
Duchess Dale ... Ben's Secretary
Bill Reddick ... Announcer
Eddie Villery ... Flower Delivery Boy
Gary K. Steven ... Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Allen ... Narrator on Fictional TV Program (uncredited)

Phyllis Diller ... Perforfmer on Fictional TV Program (uncredited)

Lois Hamilton ... (uncredited)
Lauren Simon ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Ross 
Writing credits
Neil Simon (screenplay)

Neil Simon  play (uncredited)

Produced by
Roger M. Rothstein .... associate producer
Ray Stark .... producer
Original Music by
Irwin Fisch 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris (costumes) (as Pat Norris)
Makeup Department
Dick Smith .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Daigler .... second assistant director
Jack Roe .... assistant director
Art Department
Stephen Myles Berger .... assistant art director (as Steve Berger)
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (as Roger Shearman Jr.)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor
Patrick M. Crawford .... assistant editor
Michael A. Stevenson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Other crew
Frank Bueno .... assistant to producer
Tony Elmaleh .... dialogue coach
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Regina Gruss .... unit publicist
Nora Kaye .... assistant: Mr. Ross
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys" - USA (complete title)
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111 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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) (TV).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Willy Clark:[talking about his ex-partner, Al Lewis] As an act, nobody could touch him. As a human being, nobody WANTED to touch him!See more »
Make 'Em LaughSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
With All the Sunshine Willie and Al Spread.................................., 28 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Taking over roles that Jack Albertson and Sam Levene played on Broadway, Walter Matthau and George Burns play a couple of old time vaudeville comics, a team in the tradition of Joe Smith and Charles Dale who seem to have a differing outlook on life.

Walter Matthau can't stop working, the man has never learned to relax, take some time and smell the roses. He's a crotchety old cuss whose best days are behind him and his nephew and agent Richard Benjamin is finding less and less work for him.

What hurt him badly was that some 15 years earlier his partner George Burns decided to retire and spend some time with his family. A workaholic like Matthau can't comprehend it and take Burns's decision personally.

Benjamin hits on a brain storm, reunite the guys and do it on a national television special. What happens here is pretty hilarious.

The Sunshine Boys is also a sad, bittersweet story as well about old age. Matthau is on screen for most of the film, but it's Burns who got the kudos in the form of an Oscar at the ripe old age of 79.

Burns brought a bit of the personal into this film as well. As we all know he was the straight man of the wonderful comedy team of Burns&Allen who the Monty Python troop borrowed a lot from. In 1958 due to health reasons, Gracie Allen retired and George kept going right up to the age of 100. Or at least pretty close to as an active performer.

The Sunshine Boys is based on the team of Smith&Dale however and if you like The Sunshine Boys I strongly recommend you see Two Tickets to Broadway for a look at a pair of guys who were entertaining the American public at the turn of the last century. The doctor sketch that Matthau and Burns do is directly from their material.

And I do think you will like The Sunshine Boys.

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