The Odd Couple II (1998) Poster


After ten films teamed together, this film was the final feature film collaboration of actors Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
This sequel to The Odd Couple (1968) was made and released about thirty years after the original. The movie is significant in film history for being one of the longest gaps between the release of the original film and a sequel where all the main lead actors actually reprise their roles. Reportedly, the picture actually holds the record for this.
The director Howard Deutch previously directed Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon two years earlier in Grumpier Old Men (1995). The picture was also a sequel, to Grumpy Old Men (1993).
This Neil Simon movie was written directly for the screen and was not based on a Neil Simon play as many of his other films had been, such as the original The Odd Couple (1968).
Jonathan Silverman and Lisa Waltz, who play Brucey and Hannah, also played cousins in the film adaptation of Neil Simon's play Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986).
Final film as a full producer for writer Neil Simon.
Final of four appearances by Jack Lemmon in a film written by Neil Simon. The others were The Odd Couple (1968), The Out of Towners (1970), and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975).
Final of six appearances by Walter Matthau in a Neil Simon written film. The others were The Odd Couple (1968); Plaza Suite (1971); The Sunshine Boys (1975), California Suite (1978) and I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982).
The only ever "pure" motion-picture industry sequel to a Neil Simon written feature film i.e. it didn't pre-exist in another form. Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues (1988) and Broadway Bound (1992) were both sequels to Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) but the trilogy pre-existed as theatrical plays first.
Walter Matthau's first Neil Simon movie in 16 years. Matthau's last had been I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982) in 1982. Moreover, the film was Jack Lemmon's first Neil Simon movie in 23 years. Lemmon's last had been The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) in 1975.
The movie was one of a handful of films made during the 1990s which re-teamed the comedy duo of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon who had not worked together onscreen since 1981's Buddy Buddy (1981). The pictures included Grumpy Old Men (1993), Out to Sea (1997), Grumpier Old Men (1995) and The Odd Couple II (1998).
When writing the original play of The Odd Couple (1968), Neil Simon based the character of Felix on his older brother, Danny Simon.
The penultimate theatrical feature film for both Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Matthau's last was Hanging Up (2000) whilst Lemmon's last was The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000).

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