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Buddy Buddy (1981)

R  |   |  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
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Eddie, the Bellhop
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Assistant Manager
Joan Shawlee ...
Receptionist
Fil Formicola ...
Rudy 'Disco' Gambola
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Kowalski
Bette Raya ...
Mexican Maid
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Hippy Husband
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Pregnant Wife
John Schubeck ...
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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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Also Known As:

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

This movie was made and released about eight years after its source French film A Pain in the Ass (1973) debuted in 1973. Scriptwriter Francis Veber had adapted this French film from his 1971 play 'Le Contrat' ('The Contract'), Buddy Buddy (1981) being made and released about ten years after that. A French remake of the film was made in 2008 with the same title, A Pain in the Ass (2008). See more »

Goofs

When they arrive with the pregnant woman at the Zuckerbrot clinic the crew and equipment are more than once reflected on Trabucco's car. See more »

Quotes

Clooney: We've been together 12 years.
Celia Clooney: 12 years - as long as that!
Clooney: Well maybe they weren't great years but there were good weeks here and there.
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Sung by Michael Dees
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An often over-looked classic.
5 April 1999 | by (Rahway, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Buddy Buddy," although not the best film ever, is definitely a comedy classic. It took me a while to find it, which surprised once I had finished watching. The chemistry between Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau is amazing and it is as strong as ever in this film.

This is the film for everyone who has that one person in their lives that somehow manages to appear at all the wrong times and become more and more annoying with each visit. It's been said that we laugh because things are true, not because they're funny, and this film proves that. Sure, we've probably never met a suicidal television censor while trying to kill someone, but we can most likely all relate to how Walter Matthau feels always running into Jack Lemmon.

I tell everyone I know to watch this movie, and I've yet to hear anything bad about it. If you're in the mood for some good laughs and a classic comedy duo, then you must give "Buddy Buddy" a watching.


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