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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.


Gene Saks


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





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


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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Did You Know?


When Felix is upset over his impending divorce, Oscar offers him a box of Mallomars to make him feel better. Since Mallomars are only "in season" from September to March, it's unlikely that there were any in the apartment since the scene took place on a hot summer day. Of course, considering Oscar still has his Christmas decorations up in July, and serves "green" sandwiches that might be very fresh cheese, or very old meat, one can safely assume he keeps Mallomars for well past their best before date. See more »


The apartment's kitchen window is closed when Oscar and Felix enter it together the first time. After Oscar asks Felix to get him a pot from under the sink, the window is open, which is later shut by Oscar. See more »


[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

When the credits for Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon are displayed, they are first in the wrong order (since Oscar also keeps mixing them up) and after a couple of seconds they shift to their correct positions. See more »


Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Briefly sung a cappella by Walter Matthau
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The Original Dynamic Duo
16 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE ODD COUPLE (1968) **** Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau. Superb comic teaming of Lemmon/Matthau as fussbudget, neat freak Felix Unger and perpetual slob Oscar Madison, two recently divorced buddies in New York who decide to live together with some pricelessly funny moments and cutting dialogue. Based on Neil Simon's hit play and later a tv classic with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Interesting note: original Broadway Felix, Art Carney, wasn't used in film because producers thought he wasn't a bankable name! Classic line: Matthau (after tossing Lemmon's plate of linguini at the kitchen wall and thinking it was spaghetti, only to have Lemmon correct him ) replies: "Now it's gahhbijgg!"

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16 May 1968 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

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2.39 : 1
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