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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
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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 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.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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 »

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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Trivia

First of three films written by Neil Simon and directed by Arthur Hiller. The second was Plaza Suite (1971) whilst the third was The Lonely Guy (1984) which starred Steve Martin who also starred in this movie's remake The Out-of-Towners (1999). See more »

Goofs

When George and Gwen Kellermen are walking in the rain to Waldorf Hotel and Gwen stops to look at garbage on the street, a thick microphone wire is visible extending from George's suit. See more »

Quotes

Gwen Kellerman: George, I can't walk and you can't carry me. And there are no buses, or taxis, and no car is going to stop to pick up bleeding strangers.
George Kellerman: It's not safe in the park at night.
Gwen Kellerman: We have already been robbed and kidnapped. We have nothing to lose but four cents. Please, George.
George Kellerman: Suppose it rains again?
Gwen Kellerman: I am so wet now, it can only make me drier.
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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 »

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One of the funniest films ever made
26 February 2006 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

A classic and one of the funniest films ever made. Directed by Arthur Hiller in that dead-end style of his, (the best that could be said for him was that he knew how to point a camera and keep his actors in front of it), but it's got a cracker of a script by Neil Simon and two of the greatest comic performances ever put on film by Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.

They play two small-town Americans who think promotion and a life in New York is Nirvana itself when in fact it is a hell that even Dante could not envisage and no-one can capture the comedy of escalating awfulness better than Simon, at least in America. In Britain, this is the terrain of Alan Ayckbourne.

It's really nothing more than a series of strung together gags but Lemmon and Dennis are great farceurs and Simon knows how to build the jokes one on top of the other. There is nothing original about the film but then who needs originality.


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