The Out of Towners ()

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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.

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George Kellerman
Gwen Kellerman
TV Man
Woman in Police Station
Robert Nichols ...
Man in Airplane
Ann Prentiss ...
Airline Stewardess
Cab Driver - Boston
Officer Meyers (as Phil Bruns)
Carlos Montalbán ...
Cuban Diplomat (as Carlos Montalban)
Robert King ...
Agent in Boston
Waiter - Train
Police Sergeant
Police Officer (as Jack Crowder)
Baggage Man - Boston
Hotel Clerk - Day
Desk Clerk - Night
Lost & Found - Boston
Bob Bennett ...
Man in Phone Booth - Boston
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pilot on Airliner to New York (unconfirmed)
Ray Ballard ...
Attendant (uncredited)
J. French ...
Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Maxwell Glanville ...
Redcap (uncredited)
Hash Howard ...
Second Hippie (uncredited)
Paul Jabara ...
First Hippie (uncredited)
Milt Kamen ...
Counterman (uncredited)
Kevin J. Killeen ...
Sailor at Boston Airport (uncredited)
Norma Jean Kron ...
Flight Attendant #1 (uncredited)
Alfred Mazza ...
Bellhop (uncredited)
Sailor (uncredited)
Mary Norman ...
Airline Stewardess #2 (uncredited)
B. Paipert ...
Sweeper (uncredited)
Ronald Porter ...
Man in Airport (uncredited)
Philip Suriano ...
Liquor Store Looter (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Man in Diner Car (uncredited)
Meredith Vincent ...
Washroom Lady (uncredited)
A.P. Westcott ...
Porter (uncredited)

Directed by

Arthur Hiller

Written by

Neil Simon ... (written by)

Produced by

Paul Nathan ... producer

Music by

Quincy Jones

Cinematography by

Andrew Laszlo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Fred A. Chulack ... (as Fred Chulack)

Art Direction by

Charles Bailey
Walter H. Tyler ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

Arthur Jeph Parker ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

William A. Farley ... hair stylist (as William Farley)
Clay Lambert ... makeup artist
Sharleen Rassi ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

William W. Gray ... production manager
Dale Hutchinson ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Peter R. Scoppa ... first assistant director (as Peter Scoppa)

Sound Department

Dennis Maitland ... sound recordist
Elden Ruberg ... sound recordist

Camera and Electrical Department

Edward R. Brown ... camera operator (uncredited)
Norbert Haring ... key grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Forrest T. Butler ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Grace Harris ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Alan DeWitt ... dialogue coach
Don Record ... titles designer
Dan Perri ... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 interview. As the fifteen hours preceding the planned interview progress, George and Gwen have to decide if they are going to let New York get the better of them or if they are going to get the better of New York. Written by Huggo

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Taglines When they take you for an out-of-towner, they really take you. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Out-of-Towners (United States)
  • The Out-Of-Towners (Ireland, English title)
  • Escapade à New York (France)
  • Los encantos de la gran ciudad (Spain)
  • A Sorte Viajou de Barco (Portugal)
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  • 101 min
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Trivia Unlike many Neil Simon efforts, which were written as plays and then adapted into films, Simon wrote this directly for the screen when he realized that a play would have difficulty portraying the many different locations involved. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in New York at the Movies (2002). See more »
Quotes Gwen Kellerman: [after hearing George had been offered the Vice-President position] What did you say, George?
George Kellerman: What did I say? What do you think I said?
Gwen Kellerman: I don't know, George. I was hoping you would say no. I was hoping you would say that you and your wife don't really belong in New York. That you wanted to live the rest of your life in Ohio. That you never wanted to see a big city again as long as you live. That you didn't want to live here or in, uh, Chicago, or San Francisco, or New Orleans or Paris or any other place where people have to live on top of each other, and they don't have enough room to walk or to breathe or to smile at each other. That you don't want to step on garbage in the streets, or be attacked by dogs or have to give away watches in the middle of your sleep to men in black capes. That you were through traveling on trains that had no place to sit & no food to eat. And you didn't want to fly in airplanes that have no place to land, and no luggage for you when you land there. That you wish you never came here, and the only thing in the world you really wanted was to pick up your wife and carry her to the airport and fly home... and live happily ever after. That's what I was hoping you would say, George.
George Kellerman: That's funny... that's what I told him, word for word.
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