During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.

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Hippy Husband
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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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$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 I.A.L. 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 Walter Matthau and Wilder. Also, the final film directed by Billy Wilder. See more »

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When Victor Clooney confronts Dr. Zuckerbrot at the hotel he rips the doctor's shirt open, but when Zuckerbrot leaves the room a few seconds later his shirt is buttoned and his tie is in place. See more »

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Trabucco: Hello Mr. Green? Oh, Mr. White... let me speak to Mr. Brown...
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Cecilia
Written by Herman Ruby (uncredited) & Dave Dreyer (uncredited)
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Premature ejaculation means always having to say you're sorry
20 October 2009 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

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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