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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations.
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Willy Clark
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Al Lewis
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Ben Clark
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Nurse in Sketch (Miss McIntosh)
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Mrs. Doris Green, Al's Daughter
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Odessa, Willy's nurse (as Rosetta Le Noire)
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Mechanic
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Mr. Walsh, Commerical Director
James Cranna ...
Mr. Schaeffer, TV Director
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T.V. Floor Manager
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Helen Clark (as Jennifer Lee)
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Mr. Gilbert, Man at Audition
Jack Bernardi ...
Man at Audition
Garn Stephens ...
Eddie, the Stage Manager
Santos Morales ...
Desk Clerk
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Assistant at Audition
Sid Gould ...
Patient
Tom Spratley ...
Card Player
Rashel Novikoff ...
Woman in Hotel
Sammy Smith ...
Man on Street
Dan Resin ...
Mr. Ferranti, Actor's Fund Home Director
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Doctor
Bob Goldstein ...
Waiter
Walter Stocker ...
T.V. Executive
Duchess Dale ...
Ben's Secretary
Bill Reddick ...
Announcer
Eddie Villery ...
Flower Delivery Boy
Gary K. Steven ...
Boy
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Narrator on Fictional TV Program (uncredited)
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Perforfmer on Fictional TV Program (uncredited)
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Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Rufus Smith ...
Unnamed Card Player (uncredited)

Directed by

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Herbert Ross

Written by

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Neil Simon ... (screenplay)
 
Neil Simon ... (play) (uncredited)

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Roger M. Rothstein ... associate producer
Ray Stark ... producer

Music by

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Irwin Fisch

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David M. Walsh ... director of photography

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John F. Burnett

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Margaret Booth ... supervising editor
Patrick M. Crawford ... assistant editor
Michael A. Stevenson ... assistant editor

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Jennifer Shull

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Albert Brenner

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Marvin March

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Patricia Norris ... (costumes) (as Pat Norris)

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Dick Smith ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Gary Daigler ... second assistant director
Jack Roe ... assistant director

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Stephen Myles Berger ... assistant art director (as Steve Berger)
Dennis J. Parrish ... property master

Sound Department

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Jerry Jost ... sound
Harry W. Tetrick ... sound

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Roger Shearman ... camera operator (as Roger Shearman Jr.)
Mel Traxel ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Seth Banks ... costumer: men

Music Department

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Harry V. Lojewski ... music supervisor

Other crew

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Frank Bueno ... assistant to producer
Tony Elmaleh ... dialogue coach
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Regina Gruss ... unit publicist
Nora Kaye ... assistant: Mr. Ross
Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines For the price of a movie, you'll feel like a million! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys (United States)
  • Ennemis comme avant (France)
  • La pareja chiflada (Spain)
  • Sunshine Boys (Sweden)
  • Слънчевите момчета (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 111 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia At the Golden Globe awards, during the acceptance speech with Walter Matthau, George Burns said: "I just came up here to help him up. That's all." The quip received a standing ovation. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Sunshine Boys (1975). See more »
Soundtracks Make 'Em Laugh See more »
Quotes Willy Clark: [arguing over changing a line in their sketch] What's wrong with saying "enter" instead of "come in?"
Al Lewis: Because it's different. Do you know why we did this sketch for 43 years, Willy? Because it's good.
Willy Clark: And do you know why we're not doing it anymore? Because we've been doing it for 43 years.
Al Lewis: If we're not doing it anymore, why are we changing it?
Willy Clark: You know what's wrong with you, Lewis? You've been sitting on a New Jersey porch for too long. You're out of touch. From my window here
[opens up window]
Willy Clark: I see everything that's going on in the world. Look! I see old people, I see young people, nice people, bad people. I see hold-ups! I see drug addicts! Ambulances! Car crashes! Jumpers from buildings! I see everything! You see... a lawn mower... and the milkman.
Al Lewis: That's why you want to say "enter" instead of "come in?"
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