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 »
Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.
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Originally made with a German soundtrack for screening in occupied Germany and Austria, this film was the first documentary to show what the Allies found when they liberated the Nazi ... See full summary »
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
Premature ejaculation means always having to say you're sorry
This is an unduly ignored comedic masterpiece. In his last movie, Billy Wilder went all out and showed that he still had it in him. Not that I'd had any doubts beforehand. I usually don't obsess about the cast, but in this case I'll make an exception: Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Paula Prentiss and Klaus Kinski make a memorable (and unlikely) lineup of some of my favourite actors (with the comedic couple Lemmon-Matthau adding up to much more than the sum of its parts). I wonder how Wilder and Kinski got along on the set.
This is the English-language adaptation of French comedy L'emmerdeur (The Bullshitter), which I'm now really looking forward to see.
The only thing I didn't like about this movie was the title.
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