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The Sunshine Boys (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  28 December 1997 (USA)
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Two aging comedians who acrimoniously dissolved their act eight years earlier must overcome their differences when they have the chance for a lucrative movie comeback.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Grogan
Ricky Gregg
Tyler Noyes ...
Andy Taylor ...
Michael Davison
Jose Soto ...
Hispanic Boy 1
Hal Jenks
Herbert Rubens ...
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Neil Simon wrote this updated version of his 1972 Broadway play about a film agent's efforts to recombine the once famous comedy pair Lewis and Clark, played by Woody Allen and Peter Falk. Written by Kunal Taravade <>

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Comedy | Drama


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28 December 1997 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys  »

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In the original 1975 movie Al's daughter was named Doris and was played by Carol Arthur. In this remake she's renamed Carol. See more »


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Awesomely Awful
7 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am a great fan of Neil Simon's work, and of the original film version starring Walter Matthau and George Burns in a truly wonderful and memorable film.

To say this film sucks is an understatement, I can see why they updated the old guys routine from vaudeville to 50s TV, but I still didn't see any need to make this - even as a TV movie - AT ALL! As another poster pointed out, Peter Falk and Woody Allen appear to be in 2 completely different films with absolutely zero chemistry between them, Falk in particular is awesomely awful in his hammy OTT portrayal of Willie Clark in comparison to Allen's subtle naturalistic style - indeed one is left asking how if these two ever shared a coffee and a chat together, never mind a TV career.

Again, I love both Allen and Falk, but they are just so miscast in a mis-idea to remake this, even if it does have Simon's fingerprints on the updated script.

One of the worst TV movies ever.

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