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Grumpy Old Men -- A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Mark Steven Johnson (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1993 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A fifty-year fight. See more »
Plot:
A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
The Actors are Mortal, The Comedy Eternal See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Lemmon ... John Gustafson

Walter Matthau ... Max Goldman

Ann-Margret ... Ariel Truax

Burgess Meredith ... Grandpa Gustafson

Daryl Hannah ... Melanie

Kevin Pollak ... Jacob Goldman

Ossie Davis ... Chuck

Buck Henry ... Snyder

Christopher McDonald ... Mike
Steve Cochran ... Weatherman

Joe Howard ... Pharmacist
Isabell O'Connor ... Nurse (as Isabell Monk)
Buffy Sedlachek ... Punky (as Buffy Sedlacheck)

John Carroll Lynch ... Moving Man
Charles Brin ... Fisherman
Oliver Osterberg ... Fisherman (as Ollie Osterberg)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Edwards ... Fisherman (uncredited)

Steven Mark Hahn ... Moving Man (uncredited)

Katie Wahlquist ... Woman with Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald Petrie 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mark Steven Johnson (written by)

Produced by
Richard C. Berman .... producer
Darlene K. Chan .... associate producer
John Davis .... producer
Dan Kolsrud .... executive producer
Kathy Sarreal .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Alan Silvestri 
 
Cinematography by
Johnny E. Jensen (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bonnie Koehler 
 
Casting by
Sharon Howard-Field 
 
Production Design by
David Chapman 
 
Art Direction by
Mark Haack 
 
Set Decoration by
Clay A. Griffith 
 
Costume Design by
Lisa Jensen 
 
Makeup Department
Linda De Andrea .... hair stylist
Linda Melazzo .... makeup artist
Linda Rizzuto .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dan Kolsrud .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kent Genzlinger .... dga trainee
Molly Muir .... second assistant director
Randy Suhr .... first assistant director
Douglas E. Wise .... first assistant director (as Doug Wise)
 
Art Department
Aryn Chapman .... art department researcher
Douglas Dick .... construction coordinator
Chris Gibbin .... lead
Michael Hoover .... stand-by painter
Blaine Marcou .... construction foreman
Jack E. Pelissier Jr. .... assistant art director
Jerry Swift .... assistant property master
Jim Zemansky .... property master
Jimmy Flores .... location foreman (uncredited)
Jacqueline Jacobson Scarfo .... assistant decorator (uncredited)
Jamie Reich .... lead scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... dialogue editor
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Victor Ray Ennis .... assistant sound editor
Russell C. Fager .... production sound mixer
Linda Folk .... adr editor
Jessica Gallavan .... adr supervisor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer
Ron Grafton .... foley recordist
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Chris Hogan .... dialogue editor
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Cybele O'Brien .... assistant sound editor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Patrick N. Sellers .... foley editor
Mark Steinbeck .... boom operator
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... sound effects supervisor
Mike Szakmeister .... dialogue editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Kim Waugh .... additional sound
David Behle .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Mauriece Jacks Jr. .... cable person (uncredited)
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Albiez .... special effects coordinator
Keane Bonath .... special effects
Shelly Hawkos .... special effects
Brad Holmes .... special effects
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects on set supervisor (as Greg Jensen)
Jessica Molitor .... special effects
Chris Porter .... special effects
 
Stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunt double: Walter Matthau
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Bill McIntosh .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Blymyer .... chief lighting technician
Dick Colean .... camera operator
Chris Fisher .... first assistant camera
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera
Hugh Langtry .... best boy grip
Patrick Marshall .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Pat Marshall)
Tim Marshall .... rigging gaffer
Thomas R. Miller .... dolly grip (as Tom Miller)
Richard Moran .... key grip (as Dick Moran)
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Rosalie Seifert .... second assistant camera
Michael Handley .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Chris Van Zant .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lynn Blumenthal .... casting: Minneapolis
Susan Peck .... casting associate
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hala Bahmet .... costumer
Keith G. Lewis .... costume supervisor
Trina Mrnak .... costumer
Elizabeth Shelton .... assistant costume designer (as Liz Shelton)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Adam C. Frank .... first assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Kimberly Mann .... second assistant editor (as Kimberly Boege)
Steve Schoenberg .... associate editor
Trudy Yee .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kenneth Karman .... supervising music editor
William Ross .... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands .... score mixer
Andrew Silver .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Stephanie Lowry .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Jacqueline Tager .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tom Marshall .... transportation captain
Linda Olson .... transportation co-captain
Dave Robling .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Eric Bergerson .... video coordinator
Susan Bierbaum .... script supervisor
David Bifano .... synthesizer programmer
Kim Bodner .... assistant accountant
Brooke Brooks .... assistant: Mr. Davis
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (as Pittard-Sullivan-Fitzgerald)
Host Jung .... caterer
Jane Lydon .... production secretary
Lisa D. Menke .... administration staff
Susan Montgomery .... production accountant
Lana Morgan .... assistant: Ms. Hannah (as Lonna Morgan)
Peter L. Mullin .... administration staff
Gregory J. Niska .... administration staff
Billy Pittard .... title designer (as Pittard-Sullivan-Fitzgerald)
Michele Platt .... assistant: Mr. Petrie
Tom Sann .... administration staff
Erika Schlaeger .... craft service
Dirk Schmitz .... first aid
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Ed Sullivan .... title designer (as Pittard-Sullivan-Fitzgerald)
Cat Thompson .... location manager
Aaron M. Weinberg .... production aide
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Kurt W. Gensmer .... construction medic (uncredited)
Dave Halls .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Sean Healey .... production accountant (uncredited)
Jesse Merz .... market researcher (uncredited)
Jay Sheveck .... premiere and release (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some sexual references
Runtime:
103 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Max says, "It's like one of them 'Fatal Attraction' things that they show on the 'Donahue' show," referring to both Fatal Attraction (1987) and "Donahue" (1967).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When John puts the fish in the back seat of Max's vehicle, it is a largemouth bass. When Max finds the fish it is now a yellow perch.See more »
Quotes:
Ariel Truax:John, when was the last time you made love?
John Gustafson:October 4th... 1978.
Ariel Truax:Oh, I think we're safe.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Queer as Folk: Episode #5.1" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jingle BellsSee more »

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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The Actors are Mortal, The Comedy Eternal, 14 July 2002
Author: xflrocks (xflrocks@mac.com) from PA, USA

The opening credits in this film roll to the tune of "Heat Wave", and it was during a recent heat wave that I dusted off my well-worn copy of "Grumpy Old Men" and settled in to once again watch the first of four movies that made up the "second coming" of the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau team. To those who have not yet seen the movie, (yes, there may be a few) it was set (and filmed) in snowy Minnesota, which give the film an authentic small town feel that the talented set designers of Hollywood would be hard pressed to duplicate. From the stars' first lines in the film ("'Morning ****head", "Hello moron") we know what to expect, and the movie doesn't disappoint us. The verbal sparring between Max and John continues non-stop through 100+ laugh filled minutes. Both the plot and the ending are not quite believable, but who really cares? For those who want reality, there are many depressing films out there, not to mention the news- papers and CNN. I have never read if all the cast members were the first choices for the parts, but every one of the cast fits their roles perfectly. Ann-Margret has evolved from her dancing, grinding "sexpot" image in the 60's to a wonderful, natural actress. Burgess Meredith....what can I say? He's perfect as John's father, a crusty, lovable old man. The interplay between Jack and Burgess is so easy, and why not? Who better to play a 94 year old than the 80+ year old Meredith. While Burgess is lovable, Daryl Hannah is lovely. As John's daughter Melanie, I have never seen her look more beautiful and heart-melting as she does in this picture. Ozzie Davis, Kevin Pollak, and Buck Henry round out the cast, and bring their many talents to the picture. While much has been written about the comedy, very little is said about the realistic side of "Grumpy Old Men". There are a few fleeting scenes that reveal the heartache and loneliness of growing old. And John's dealings with the I.R.S. in the movie, while hilarious, points out what can happen when the machine-like IRS process starts to roll over an individual not caring about the human-real life side of the situation. The only "downer" for me in again watching this movie is the knowlege that the string is over. Walter and Jack and Burgess are gone. I can't watch this movie without feeling just a tinge of sorrow. When most actors their age pass on, we feel sorrow, and then watch their classics from decades ago. With Walter and Jack the best was yet to come. I have read elsewhere that scripts were in the works for "Grumpy Old Men 3" and "Odd Couple 3". Who knows how many more successful films this brilliant team could have made together. I doubt if the formula for their success would have grown stale, because both Walter and Jack no longer acted....their roles where just an extension of themselves.

Whether it be Grumpy or Grumpier Old Men, "Odd Couple II", or "Out to Sea" we were as much visiting with old friends as we were watching a movie. Old friends get more endearing with age, and we would have never tired of new visits from them, no matter what the role. Burgess, Jack, and Walter.....wherever you are...thanks for the laughs you've given us over the years. You made us feel good, which is the best epitaph anyone could wish for.

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