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Kotch (1971)

Wanting to avoid settling in a nursing home, Joseph Kotcher, a retired salesman, is obliged to leave his son's family. He embarks on a road trip during which he strikes up a friendship with... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Lemmon

Writers:

John Paxton (screenplay), Katharine Topkins (novel)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Joseph P. Kotcher
Deborah Winters ... Erica Herzenstiel
Felicia Farr ... Wilma Kotcher
Charles Aidman ... Gerald Kotcher
Ellen Geer ... Vera Kotcher
Donald Kowalski Donald Kowalski ... Duncan Kotcher
Dean Kowalski Dean Kowalski ... Duncan Kotcher
Arlen Stuart Arlen Stuart ... Mrs. Fisher
Jane Connell Jane Connell ... Miss Roberts
James Brodhead James Brodhead ... Mr. Weaver (as James E. Brodhead)
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Dr. McKernan
Darrell Larson ... Vincent Perrin
Biff Elliot ... Motel Manager
Paul Picerni ... Dr. Caudillo
Lucy Saroyan Lucy Saroyan ... Sissy
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Storyline

Wanting to avoid settling in a nursing home, Joseph Kotcher, a retired salesman, is obliged to leave his son's family. He embarks on a road trip during which he strikes up a friendship with a pregnant teenager and begins to understand the true meaning of life as he helps the girl give birth to her child. Written by Anonymous

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Walter Matthau in the role only he could make so excitingly different...you'll start talking about it from the opening scene. Jack Lemmon directs. He takes his talent 'behind' the camera for the first time to add a new, fresh dimension to his brilliant career.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ainda Há Fogo Sob as Cinzas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Matthau received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his role as Kotch in this movie. Matthau did not win, but a few years later Art Carney won a Best Actor Oscar for Harry and Tonto (1974), a similarly themed movie. Matthau and Carney would later appear together in House Calls (1978). See more »

Goofs

Kotch collects old bowling pins to throw into his fireplace to keep warm. In reality, the thick plastic coatings would create smoke and noxious fumes. See more »

Quotes

Erica Herzenstiel: Dumbest thing I've done in my life, having a baby in a filling station.
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Connections

Referenced in Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Life Is What You Make It
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
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Loved the knocking engine in the old car...
21 February 2001 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

I first saw this back in the late '70's on TV. We loved it in the family, great fun, heart and performances. Matthau's intrepid, smart if slightly 'out There' Kotch is a unique character, well acted, and always someone we root for. It's not much different from the roles he would go onto play in the 90s, but...done by a younger man.

Sometimes the makeup and haircoloring doesn't quite look convincing, but that's okay too. The performance is put across as much by body language and posture as anything else.

The car is a great added touch-the knocking engine and etc a counterpoint to Kotch's own creaky body.

I liked Ellen Geer as the crabby daughter too-was surprised that she wound up in 'Phenomenon' and several other flix(Patriot Games) that I have seen before. Never made the connection.

It is dated sure, but that is inevitable with films. It's worth yer time.

*** outta **** Nice job by Lemmon, too.


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