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The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)

PG | | Comedy | 5 May 1975 (Sweden)
A suddenly-unemployed executive suffers a nervous breakdown.

Director:

Melvin Frank

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Mel Edison
Anne Bancroft ... Edna Edison
Gene Saks ... Harry Edison
Elizabeth Wilson ... Pauline
Florence Stanley ... Pearl
Maxine Stuart ... Belle
Ed Peck ... Man Upstairs
Gene Blakely Gene Blakely ... Charlie
Ivor Francis ... Psychiatrist
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Detective
Patricia Marshall Patricia Marshall ... Woman Upstairs
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Helen
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Unemployment Clerk
M. Emmet Walsh ... Joe - Doorman
F. Murray Abraham ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

The story of Mel and Edna (Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft), a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Manhattan high rise apartment building. Mel loses his job, the apartment is robbed, Edna gets a job, Mel loses his mind, Edna loses her job . . . to say nothing of the more minor tribulations of nosy neighbors, helpful relatives, and exact bus fares. The couple suffers indignity after indignity (some self-inflicted), and when they seem on the verge of surrender, they thumb their noses defiantly and dig the trenches for battle. Written by alfiehitchie

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...and you think you've got problems.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Nervenbündel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As this movie takes place a high-rise apartment, Jack Lemmon's casting in the lead role in this movie was highly influenced by the fact that Lemmon had headlined fifteen years earlier the Best Picture Academy Award winning Billy Wilder film of The Apartment (1960). See more »

Goofs

The apartment building's supposed address, 385 East 88th Street, is actually nearer to First Avenue than to Second. See more »

Quotes

Mel: Drunk on what? They took the liquor!
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Laughed so hard it hurt!!!
8 June 2005 | by tcaffreySee all my reviews

I visited this site because of Anne Bancroft's death. I was shocked when I didn't see it on her Obituary as one of the movies that she was in. Although she has most known for the Miricle Worker and the Graduate, Prisoner on Second Avenue was always my favorite. Perhaps it because I also love Jack Lemmon. This movie is most appreciated by New Yorkers and can only remind you of experiences or characters that you grew up with. My wife and I watched it the first time when we first were married in the early '80's on TV I can't get passed it when I see it while surfing the TV channels. So I highly recommend renting this movie, ex specially if you were raised or now live in a urban environment.


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