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The Out of Towners (1970)

G | | Comedy | 28 May 1970 (USA)
An Ohio sales executive accepts a higher position within the company and travels to New York City with his wife for his job interview but things go wrong from the start.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Neil Simon
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... George Kellerman
Sandy Dennis ... Gwen Kellerman
Sandy Baron ... TV Man
Anne Meara ... Woman in Police Station
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Man in Airplane
Ann Prentiss ... Airline Stewardess
Ron Carey ... Cab Driver - Boston
Philip Bruns ... Officer Meyers (as Phil Bruns)
Graham Jarvis ... Murray
Carlos Montalbán Carlos Montalbán ... Cuban Diplomat (as Carlos Montalban)
Robert King Robert King ... Agent in Boston
Johnny Brown ... Waiter - Train
Dolph Sweet ... Police Sergeant
Thalmus Rasulala ... Police Officer (as Jack Crowder)
Jon Korkes ... Looter
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Storyline

George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it applies to himself and Gwen, but he still looks to her for validation. Working for a plastics company, George believes he is a shoo-in for the company's Vice-President of Sales, New York Division job, a position located in New York City. George is looking forward to their future life in New York City, with all the amenities and benefits living in the big city has to offer. For George's 9 am interview, George and Gwen plan on taking a flight that lands in New York at 8 pm the evening before, which gives them time for dinner at New York's finest restaurant, The Four Seasons, and a comfortable night's stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel before the interview. But nothing on this trip goes according to plan. In fact, what can go wrong, does. Because of circumstances, it even looks as if George may miss his... Written by Huggo

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When they take you for an out-of-towner, they really take you.

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

First cinema feature of Paul Dooley. See more »

Goofs

As George and Gwen pull over on the way to the airport to have a brief chat, it is clear they are in a country setting - the view out of the front window is of trees, grass, and foliage. But after their brief conversation, and without driving anywhere, they are on a busy street with a diner and businesses all around them. See more »

Quotes

George Kellerman: I was going to take you to dinner at one of the best restaurants in the world. Here you are eating peanut butter on white bread with nothing to drink. If you ever get your mouth open again, I wouldn't blame you if you never talk to me.
Gwen Kellerman: Oh my God!
George Kellerman: What's wrong?
Gwen Kellerman: I lost my left eyelash!
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Alternate Versions

There are two different available versions of this film. One which is shown on television (American Movie Classics), features music in certain spots of the movie, and the title song is the theme used in the night driving scenes in the picture. The other version, on home video, features slighly different songs through the picture and a title song which is used at the end in all versions. See more »

Connections

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unbelievable comedy,one of the best ever
13 November 2011 | by mancuniangrSee all my reviews

The real fascinating thing about cinema,is that no matter how many movies you might have seen,there are always going to be films that you have missed and are great ,to say the least.This is the case with the "Out of Towners". I saw a few years ago the remake with Steve Martin and as a big fan of Steve's i liked the film.Actually i didn't know back then ,that there was an original with Jack Lemmon.Anyway i have bought the DVD and just put it in a box to watch it sometime. I never thought, that this was an absolutely hilarious comedy ,with Jack Lemmon, for me ,being even better than "the odd couple". His character is similar to the one he played alongside Matthau ,but we are talking about an amazing performance here.I'm really surprised that he wasn't even nominated for an Oscar(he was nominated though for a Golden Globe). A couple (Sandy Dennis plays the wife)starts a journey to N.Y ,because Lemmon has planned an interview for his new job.He has a strict schedule that includes dinner at the "4 Seasons" restaurant and spending the night with his wife at his luxury hotel. I really can't describe what's happening after the boarding on the plane.EVERYTHING THAT COULD GO WRONG WENT WRONG. But the real magic of the film is that at no point in the film ,you can accuse the writers that they overdid it with the story.And Lemmon has a big part to do with that, because he plays amazingly. Sandy Dennis also plays her part extremely well and has a fine chemistry with Lemmon. A classic in my collection ,with out a doubt in the top-5 of all the comedies i have ever watched. Watch it and enjoy yourselves.


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USA

Language:

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Release Date:

28 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Out-of-Towners See more »

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Gross USA:

$4,337,392
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Jalem Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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