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Grumpy Old Men (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 December 1993 (USA)
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A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.


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John and Max are elderly men living next door to each other. They're continuously arguing and insulting each other, and have been this way for over 50 years. One day, Ariel, moves into the street. Both men are attracted to her, and their rivalry steps up a gear. Written by Rob Hartill

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A fifty-year fight. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dois Velhos Rabugentos  »

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£734,203 (UK) (17 June 1994)

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When Max is changing John' s TV channels you will see 3 different little Caesar pizza commercials from 1992. See more »


John states that he was a teacher at Wabasha High for 39 years. Though Wabasha does have a high school, it combines with the town of Kellogg to create Wabasha-Kellogg High School. See more »


John Gustafson: The sequence where Max is pushing John's ice shanty onto the thin ice, Jack Lemmon uses exactly the same dialog that he uses with the character of Max in The Great Race.
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Take 7: Looks like Chuck's going to put the hotdog in the bun. See more »


Followed by Grumpier Old Men (1995) See more »


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A family reunion
1 August 2005 | by (Bellingham, WA) – See all my reviews

It is sad to watch this wonderful film and realize that most of the actors in it are dead. Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Burgess Meredith, Ozzie Davis...all fine men whose loss to movie goers is felt- at least by this one. Ann-Margret, Darryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, while still among us, are also perfect for their parts.

Every time I watch "Grumpy Old Men" I sense the camaraderie and fun the cast and crew must have had in making it. It is a family reunion, and the audience is the more fortunate for being invited.

Thank you all for braving the Minnesota winter to remind us of snow angels and tea tree oil; of old friends and Thanksgivings shared; of warmth in the deepest cold.

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