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The film was released three years after its source play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed. The original Broadway production of "The Sunshine Boys" opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York City on December 20, 1972, and ran for five hundred thirty-eight performances until April 21, 1974. During its run, the play transferred to two other theaters, the Shubert Theatre on October 30, 1973, and then the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on February 11, 1974. The play was nominated for three Tony Awards in 1973, including Best Play, Best Actor in a Play (Jack Albertson), and Best Direction (Alan Arkin), but failed to win any. The play's setting is described in its introduction as: "An apartment in an old hotel on upper Broadway in New York City, a television studio and Willie's apartment." The play was Simon's ninth long-running hit. See more »
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I remember originally seeing this film at Radio City Music Hall when it came out. I didn't really understand the humor back then, but this movie can make me laugh out loud.
With all due respect to George Burns (RIP), Walter Matthau really deserved the Oscar for this film. His performance is amazing--given the fact that he was 20 years younger than his character, Willie Clark. His mannerisms are first-rate. ("You know what kind of songs he wrote? Sh*t!" and when speaking to the Spanish-speaking guy at the front desk: "No! No! No enchilada!!") Absolutely hilarious!
Kudos to Richard Benjamin, who played straight man to Matthau.
I just wish this was on DVD, because my VHS recording is getting a bit old.
I had no interest in seeing the remake with Woody Allen, because in no way can it match the original.
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