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Neil Simon (written by)
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Release Date:
1 February 1978 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
He's moving in... she's not moving out... it's love at first fight! See more »
Plot:
After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another successful Simon "Odd Couple" story See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Elliot Garfield

Marsha Mason ... Paula McFadden

Quinn Cummings ... Lucy McFadden

Paul Benedict ... Mark

Barbara Rhoades ... Donna

Theresa Merritt ... Mrs. Crosby
Michael Shawn ... Ronnie
Patricia Pearcy ... Rhonda
Gene Castle ... Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levans ... Dance Instructor
Marilyn Sokol ... Linda
Anita Dangler ... Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby ... Mrs. Bodine

Robert Costanzo ... Liquor Store Salesman
Pancho González ... Mugger (as Poncho Gonzalez)
Jose Machado ... Mugger (as José Machado)
Hubert Kelly ... Mugger
Dana Laurita ... Cynthia
David S. Cass Sr. ... Drunk (as Dave Cass)
Loyita Chapel ... Strip Club Dancer
Caprice Clarke ... Strip Club Dancer
Esther Sutherland ... Strip Club Manager

Clarence Felder ... Critic
Kensuke Haga ... Japanese Salesman
Ryohei Kanokogi ... Japanese Salesman
Ruby Holbrook ... Woman in Audience
Kristina Hurrell ... Gretchen
David Matthau ... Furniture Mover
Milt Oberman ... Furniture Mover
Eddie Villery ... Painter

Joseph Carberry ... Strip Club Customer
Eric Uhler ... Strip Club Customer

Raymond J. Barry ... Richard III Cast (as Ray Barry)

Powers Boothe ... Richard III Cast

Tom Everett ... Richard III Cast

Janice Fuller ... Richard III Cast
Munson Hicks ... Richard III Cast

Robert Kerman ... Richard III Cast
Jeanne Lange ... Richard III Cast
Robert Lesser ... Richard III Cast
Fred McCarren ... Richard III Cast

Nicholas Mele ... Richard III Cast
Maureen Moore ... Richard III Cast

Joe Regalbuto ... Richard III Cast (as Joseph Regalbuto)
Peter Vogt ... Richard III Cast
Wendy Cutler ... Improvisation Group
Susan Elliot ... Improvisation Group
Andy Goldberg ... Improvisation Group

Paul Willson ... Improvisation Group
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Silvern ... (uncredited)

Nicol Williamson ... Oliver Fry (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Ross 
 
Writing credits
Neil Simon (written by)

Produced by
Roger M. Rothstein .... associate producer
Ray Stark .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
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
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Kaye Pownall .... hair
Allan Snyder .... makeup (as Allan Whitey Snyder)
Carrie White .... hair style: Miss Mason
 
Production Management
Roger M. Rothstein .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen .... second assistant director: New York
Edward D. Markley .... second assistant director (as Edward Markley)
Jack Roe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Spencer Deverell .... assistant art director (as Spencer Deverill)
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Thomas Saccio .... property master: New York
 
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound
William L. McCaughey .... sound (as William McCaughey)
John Riordan .... sound editor (as John P. Riordan)
James Sabat .... sound: New York
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Al Griswold .... special effects: New York (as Albert Griswold)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Richard Moran .... key grip
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer: New York
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (as Roger Sherman Jr.)
William H. Steiner .... camera operator: New York (as William Steiner Jr.)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
Robert Ward .... key grip: New York
Josh Weiner .... still photographer: New York
Doug Byers .... electrician (uncredited)
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... wardrobe: men's
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe: women's
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor
Barbara Dunning .... assistant editor
Michael A. Stevenson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dave Grusin .... music adaptor
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Harry E. Liguski .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Martin Danzig .... location manager: New York
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Regina Gruss .... unit publicist
Shirley Marcus .... production secretary: New York
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Maggie Wilde .... production secretary
Mary Malin .... assistant: Ann Roth (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
111 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
One of around a half-a-dozen Neil Simon written films which have been remade. The movies include Plaza Suite (1971), The Odd Couple (1968), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975/I), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and The Out of Towners (1970).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Paula is on the balcony at the end of the film holding the guitar, the position of her hands changes after they cut back from a quick shot of Elliot.See more »
Quotes:
Paula McFadden:I thought you said you were decent.
Elliot Garfield:I am decent. I also happen to be naked.
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Movie Connections:
References The Godfather (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
How About You?See more »

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Another successful Simon "Odd Couple" story, 12 February 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Neil Simon is consistent. He loves to use and reuse the "ODD COUPLE" plot with variations in one play or another: in the original ODD COUPLE, it's female version (shown in the early 1990s), the sequel film with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, the play (and movie) THE SUNSHINE BOYS - where the apartment is a lifelong comedy team partnership, and this one. Here it is Marcia Mason and her daughter, Quinn Cummings, who are always being deserted by Mason's husband or her series of boy-friends who usually are actors. Mason has become determined never again to trust or date an actor. But the apartment happens to be in the name of her last boyfriend, and he has made a subletting deal with out-of-town actor Richard Dreyfus. Dreyfus is determined to stay in the apartment while in New York (he is starring in a production within the city - off Broadway). He and Mason gradually agree to cease their hostilities and to share the apartment, but Mason finds Dreyfus weird: he is only eating special food, and he chants and plays the guitar at night. On the other hand Quinn Cummings finds he's not such a bad guy (he helps her when she has a headache, relaxing her to sleep).

The play that Dreyfus is appearing in the lead role in is Shakespeare's RICHARD III. It is being produced by Paul Benedict (a rare big part for that good comic actor), but his ideas about the production are upsetting Dreyfus. Dreyfus is approaching the role in the classical, "Olivier" form - the master, evil Machiavellian monarch. Machiavellian to be sure in Benedict's version, but also gay. As Benedict pushes it, it is the story of "the Queen who would be King". Dreyfus's performance of the play within the film, following Benedict's direction, is an everlasting comic joy.

The highs and lows of the two warring suite mates follows a romantic course, as they gradually fall in love with each other. Will this actor prove to be another one of those typically selfish actors that Mason resents, or will he prove to be different to her and Cummings - will he be the real love of her life?

A first rate comedy, and Dreyfus' Oscar - a well earned one.

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