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Buddy Buddy (1981)

 -  Comedy  -  11 December 1981 (USA)
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Walter Matthau plays a professional killer going by the name of Trabucco, who is on his way to rub out gangster Rudy "Disco" Gambola, set to testify against the mob. As Trabucco heads off ... See full summary »

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Capt. Hubris
Miles Chapin ...
Eddie, the Bellhop
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Assistant Manager
Joan Shawlee ...
Receptionist
Fil Formicola ...
Rudy 'Disco' Gambola
C.J. Hunt ...
Kowalski
Bette Raya ...
Mexican Maid
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Hippy Husband
Suzie Galler ...
Pregnant Wife
John Schubeck ...
Newscaster
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Lieutenant #1
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Walter Matthau plays a professional killer going by the name of Trabucco, who is on his way to rub out gangster Rudy "Disco" Gambola, set to testify against the mob. As Trabucco heads off to a hotel across the street from the courthouse where he plans to set his hit, he runs into the depressed Victor Clooney, who laments the fact that his wife has left him for the head of a weird Californian sex clinic. Trabucco keeps walking and sets up his rifle in a hotel room. He is disturbed by Victor trying to hang himself in the adjoining hotel room and tries to prevent him from killing himself by restraining him, but Victor breaks loose and climbs onto the ledge of the hotel window. To get Victor to come back in, he agrees to drive him to the clinic to see his wife. The two go to the clinic where Victor's wife Celia informs Victor that she is in love in the head of the clinic, quack Dr. Zuckerbrot. When Victor finds out that Celia is filing for divorce, he heads back to the hotel to kill ... Written by Anonymous

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The greatest movie buddies of all time are back!

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Apparently, the screenplay for this movie was written in three months. This was a lot less time than writers I.A.L. Diamond and Billy Wilder were used to. See more »

Goofs

When Clooney is looking into the auditorium at the clinic, the door opens outward as seen from the outside. When the shot switches to the inside, the door opens inward. See more »

Quotes

Clooney: What else did you tell him? That I cheat on crossword puzzles? I steal sugar in restaurants? That I wet my bed 'til I was eleven?
Celia Clooney: No, Victor, believe me, I never mentioned that.
Dr. Hugo Zuckerbrot: A bed-wetter... Aha! That explains everything!
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Connections

Referenced in Billy Wilder Speaks (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Cecilia
Written by Herman Ruby (uncredited) & Dave Dreyer (uncredited)
Sung by Michael Dees
Arranged by Pete Rugolo
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In memory of two classic comedians
12 July 2002 | by (Bergen,Norway) – See all my reviews

Although "Buddy Buddy" is yet to be regarded as a modern movie classic, no other films have made me realize the art of comedy such as this one. Walther Matthau is hillarious in his portrayal of Trabucco the assassin who is constantly being interrupted from doing his dirty deeds, by an even more astonishing and suicidal! Jack Lemmon. Director Billy Wilder has captured moments on tape that we all seem to relate to one way or another. Together with german actor Klaus Kinski, who more often played deeper roles than this, Lemmon and Matthau gives a performance one would normally find on a broadway theatre.


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