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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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Steve Cochran ...
Isabell O'Connor ...
Nurse (as Isabell Monk)
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Punky (as Buffy Sedlacheck)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office


$70,172,621 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 Main characters. 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 »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

After the wedding, the limo window opens, and a hand, presumably Jack Lemmon's, drops a dead fish onto the pavement. Walter Matthau is standing on the sidewalk, enjoying the moment. Jack Lemmon comes up quietly alongside, and asks him, "Who left?" Matthau does a double- take, and shakes his head, laughing. See more »


I'm Too Sexy
Written by Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass and Rob Manzoli
Performed by Right Said Fred
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A feel good comedy
6 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a good movie because it is a feel good movie. We see the characters and we don't feel that bad about ourselves. Another Lemmon and Matthau film, where this time they are two old guys in Minnesota. Content, until a woman (Ann-Margaret) is the apple of they're eyes. Great fun, especially from Burgess Meredith, who is hilarious as Lemmon's dirty talking father who is even funnier in the out-takes. A

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