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Grumpy Old Men (1993)

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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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Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

Director: Gene Saks
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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25 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dois Velhos Rabugentos  »

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$70,172,621
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Although the door to his ice shanty says the initials of his first and middle name are JW, Burgess Meredith's character of Grandpa Gustafson in this movie, and its sequel Grumpier Old Men (1995), is never actually addressed by his real first name by any of the characters. See more »

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After John throws a fish in Max's truck, Max smells that "rotting fish" smell after a few days. Minnesota during ice fishing season (November, according to the story) would've been too cold for the fish to not only thaw out but to begin to stink. There were several inches of snow on the ground during this time of the film. See more »

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Snyder: Mr. Gustafson! I have to talk to you! Mr. Gustafson, will you answer the door, please? I know you're in there! It's no use pretending this isn't happening, Mr. Gustafson! I can't keep coming... back here every couple of days! You have to talk to me! Mr. Gustafson, I'm just trying to help you! Come on and open the door! I'll just keep knocking! I'll come back, so you might as well answer the door! I know you're in there! Think of the neighbors, Mr. Gustafson! There's a letter for ...
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Winter Wonderland
Written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (as Dick Smith)
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of CAPITOL RECORDS
Under License from CEMA SPECIAL MARKETS
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A family reunion
1 August 2005 | by 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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