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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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The final film collaboration of long-time co-writers 'IAL Diamond' and director Billy Wilder. The picture was also the seventh and final collaboration of actor Jack Lemmon and director Billy Wilder and the third and final teaming of actor Walter Matthau and director Wilder. Also, the final film directed by Billy Wilder. See more »

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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

Dr. Hugo Zuckerbrot: Your orgasm is our business.
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References Love Story (1970) See more »

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Cecilia
Written by Herman Ruby (uncredited) & Dave Dreyer (uncredited)
Sung by Michael Dees
Arranged by Pete Rugolo
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Lemmon and Matthau strike again!
12 July 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film features another brilliant performance from the veteran comedy duo, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau (sadly, both recently deceased). I shouldn't have to say anymore to sell this film to you. If you're a fan of Lemmon and Matthau then you'll love this film, if you're not, then you're philistines and who cares what you think anyway?

This lovely example of early 1980s comedy features Matthau as an assassin who's been hired by the Mob to "off this stoolie". During the execution (no pun intended) of this task he bumps into Victor Clooney (Lemmon), a weird little man, whose wife has left him and joined a sex-colony.

I can honestly say that I feel no need whatsoever to elaborate any further. As I said, Lemmon and Matthau's names in the credits was enough to make me watch this film and I'm so glad I did. It's hilarious! If you don't find this film funny then check your pulse because you're probably dead.

8.5/10


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