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The Sunshine Boys (1975)

A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a television special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Willy Clark
... Al Lewis
... Ben Clark
... Nurse in Sketch (Miss McIntosh)
... Mrs. Doris Green, Al's Daughter
... Odessa, Willy's nurse (as Rosetta Le Noire)
... Mechanic
... Mr. Walsh, Commerical Director
James Cranna ... Mr. Schaeffer, TV Director
... T.V. Floor Manager
... Helen Clark (as Jennifer Lee)
... Mr. Gilbert, Man at Audition
Jack Bernardi ... Man at Audition
Garn Stephens ... Eddie, the Stage Manager
Santos Morales ... Desk Clerk
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Storyline

Lewis and Clark were famous comedians during the vaudeville era. Off-stage, though, they couldn't stand each other, and haven't spoken in over twenty years. Ben, Willy Clark's nephew, is the producer of a variety show that wants to feature a reunion of the classic duo. How will Ben convince the crotchety old comedians to put aside their differences before the big show? Written by Mike Konczewski

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For the price of a movie, you'll feel like a million!

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30 January 1976 (Denmark)  »

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Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys  »

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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 »

Goofs

Walter Matthau takes a teabag from his cup and places it into the cup of George Burns. A moment later Burns reaches for the teabag to remove it but the string has changed direction and is hanging down from the other side of the cup. See more »

Quotes

Willy Clark: The finger! The finger!
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Connections

Referenced in Perfect Strangers: The Sunshine Boys (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Make 'Em Laugh
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Arranged by Conrad Salinger
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Matthau is hilarious
22 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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