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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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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

The bases of the newly-begun World Trade Center towers, risen to 10 or so stories, are visible in the scenic view of Manhattan from the airplane. They are unmistakable because of their rusty red patina, which was still in place when the towers fell 32 years later. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when George and Gwen Kellerman are flying home to Ohio, first you see a Boeing 727 in flight, supposedly the plane they are flying home on. The very last shot of the movie shows a Boeing 707 banking away from the camera. See more »

Quotes

Officer Meyers: You folks live out of town?
Gwen Kellerman: Oh yes.
Officer Meyers: You're lucky.
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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 Judging Amy: The Out-of-Towners (2000) See more »

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Exponential Murphy
6 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Now that I'm retired I do a bit of traveling now and I make itineraries that I like to stick to. What happens to Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis is every traveler's nightmare in between all the laughs.

Starting with the circling around the airport, I remember once circling an hour and a half at Newark Airport because flights were backed up and that's after an hour delay from Rochester. That was 20 years ago and I haven't had anything like that happen to me recently. It can be incredibly nerve wracking and I well sympathize with what was happening.

That would normally be enough. But Mr.&Mrs. Kellerman go exponential Murphy on this trip. Everything that can go wrong does, every single solitary thing from lost luggage to canceled hotel reservations to spending a night on the ground at Central Park and plenty more besides. All this on a nice dreamed of vacation in New York for this middle America Ohio couple who are combining business and pleasure as Lemmon is also in town for a job interview.

Jack Lemmon is a perfect fit for his American everyman character and Sandy Dennis provides an interesting brand of quirkiness as the wife. Although there are some talented players in the cast including a rising Billy Dee Williams in the role of a ticket agent, they're fairly one dimensional as the film for about 90% of the time focuses on Lemmon and Dennis and their travails in the Big Apple.

Do they get out of all their woes. Well I can say is, think about that musical number that Bing Crosby and Olga San Juan did in Blue Skies.


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Country:

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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