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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

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film's opening credits declare instead of "A film by" Arthur Hiller; it's "A Neil Simon story". See more »

Goofs

As the couple exits a congested Grand Central Station in New York, a very large "Notice of Filming" disclosure sign is clearly visible on the door George storms through to the street. Such signs are commonly used whenever a film crew shoots in a practical location, in order to indemnify the production from any recourse from shooting real people in public places, but they are normally far out of the camera frame. See more »

Quotes

[George and Gwen finally made it to the Waldorf-Astoria]
George Kellerman: Excuse me.
Winkler, the desk clerk: Yes?
George Kellerman: Mr. & Mrs. Kellerman, Twin Oaks, Ohio. We finally got here. Ha-ha.
Winkler, the desk clerk: Do you have reservation?
George Kellerman: Yeah, made by the Drexel Company through the Hilton Reservation Service.
Gwen Kellerman: In Twin Oaks, Ohio.
George Kellerman: You must be pretty busy putting people up in the lobby.
Winkler, the desk clerk: Oh, it's the least we can do. With this transit strike, most of them have no way to get home, and there's not a room in this city tonight.
Gwen Kellerman: Oh, that's very nice of you.
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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

Referenced in Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) See more »

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Maltin's an idiot!
6 October 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

It is incomprehensible how Leonard Maltin can badmouth this riotously funny movie. Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis play off beautifully against each other in this tale of two misbegotten and forlorn visitors to the Big Apple who suffer every indignity that can befall two out-of-towners, and then some. It's a comedy classic in my book. The 1999 Martin/Hawn remake pales by comparison.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Out-of-Towners See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,337,392
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jalem Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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