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The Odd Couple (1968)

G | | Comedy | 16 May 1968 (USA)
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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

Writers:

Neil Simon (from the play by), Neil Simon (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Lemmon ... Felix Ungar
Walter Matthau ... Oscar Madison
John Fiedler ... Vinnie
Herb Edelman ... Murray (as Herbert Edelman)
David Sheiner ... Roy
Larry Haines Larry Haines ... Speed
Monica Evans ... Cecily
Carole Shelley ... Gwendolyn
Iris Adrian ... Waitress
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Storyline

Felix's (Jack Lemmon) wife has left him and he is contemplating suicide. His friends sense his depression and one of them, Oscar (Walter Matthau), volunteers to take him in until he is fine again. The two of them are like chalk and cheese - Oscar is fun-loving, gregarious and slovenly, Felix is a shy, stay-at-home, obsessive-compulsive neat-freak. Being around Oscar brightens Felix up, but he quickly starts to irritate Oscar. Written by grantss

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Even More Funny On The Screen... Than It Was As A Broadway And City-To-City Stage Smash! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Odd Couple See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,527,234

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,527,234
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Not only was there a live action TV sitcom spinoff of this; there was a cartoon spinoff called "The Oddball Couple" with a cat and a dog playing Felix and Oscar; called "Fleabag" and "Spiffy": in this version. See more »

Goofs

When Oscar is walking down the hall to show Felix his bedroom, the dart stuck in the wall under the dartboard has no feathers. Then once they walk back through the hall it now has plastic feathers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Felix Ungar: A room, please.
Hotel clerk: You alone?
[Felix nods]
Hotel clerk: Luggage?
[Felix shakes his head]
Hotel clerk: How long do you want it for?
Felix Ungar: Oh, not very long.
Hotel clerk: Five dollars.
[Felix isn't paying attention]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

© Copyright MCMXLVII by Paramount Pictures Corporation

That would read in Arabic numerals 1947. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Odd Couple (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Briefly sung a cappella by Walter Matthau
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A timeless comedy.
28 July 2013 | by nesfilmreviewsSee all my reviews

Of all of the versions and variations on Neil Simon's classic, "The Odd Couple," from its original production on Broadway, to the celebrated television series starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, the 1968 film version is, arguably, the best representation of the dynamic twosome.

Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) and Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau) are friends and sharing an apartment because Felix's marriage has fallen apart and needs a place to stay temporarily. Though Felix and Oscar are friends, their lifestyles and housekeeping skills are as different as night and day, which leads inevitably to endless confrontations fueled by frustration, and the results are pure comedic splendor. The hilarious, second to none chemistry between Lemmon and Matthau is the backbone of this film, accompanied by Neil Simon's incisive, wholehearted writing gives the movie its timeless quality.

Matthau and Lemmon both do a sensational job, because even though they can't stand living together, they both do care for each other, and their performances reflect just that magnificently. If you are looking for a timeless comedy classic with brilliant writing and wonderful performances, there is no need to search any further. The film received two Academy Award Nominations for Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay.


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