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Buddy Buddy (1981)

During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks into a hotel room near the courthouse, while his depressed next-door neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Francis Veber (play), Francis Veber (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Victor Clooney
Walter Matthau ... Trabucco
Paula Prentiss ... Celia Clooney
Klaus Kinski ... Dr. Hugo Zuckerbrot
Dana Elcar ... Capt. Hubris
Miles Chapin ... Eddie, the Bellhop
Michael Ensign ... Assistant Manager
Joan Shawlee ... Receptionist
Fil Formicola Fil Formicola ... Rudy 'Disco' Gambola
C.J. Hunt C.J. Hunt ... Kowalski
Bette Raya Bette Raya ... Mexican Maid
Ronnie Sperling ... Hippy Husband
Suzie Galler Suzie Galler ... Pregnant Wife
John Schubeck John Schubeck ... Newscaster
Ed Begley Jr. ... Lieutenant #1
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Storyline

Walter Matthau plays a professional killer going by the name of Trabucco, who is on his way to rub out gangster Rudy "Disco" Gambola, set to testify against the mob. As Trabucco heads off to a hotel across the street from the courthouse where he plans to set his hit, he runs into the depressed Victor Clooney, who laments the fact that his wife has left him for the head of a weird Californian sex clinic. Trabucco keeps walking and sets up his rifle in a hotel room. He is disturbed by Victor trying to hang himself in the adjoining hotel room and tries to prevent him from killing himself by restraining him, but Victor breaks loose and climbs onto the ledge of the hotel window. To get Victor to come back in, he agrees to drive him to the clinic to see his wife. The two go to the clinic where Victor's wife Celia informs Victor that she is in love in the head of the clinic, quack Dr. Zuckerbrot. When Victor finds out that Celia is filing for divorce, he heads back to the hotel to kill ... Written by Anonymous

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The greatest movie buddies of all time are back! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The fourth pairing out of ten movies of comic actors and great friends Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. See more »

Goofs

Trabucco does not use the same code to open his suitcase throughout the movie (sometimes the code has more numbers than others) See more »

Quotes

Trabucco: When are you leaving?
Clooney: I can't leave, I'm wanted.
Trabucco: Not by me.
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Remake of A Pain in the Ass (1973) See more »

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Cecilia
Written by Herman Ruby (uncredited) & Dave Dreyer (uncredited)
Sung by Michael Dees
Arranged by Pete Rugolo
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In memory of two classic comedians
12 July 2002 | by arildnessSee all my reviews

Although "Buddy Buddy" is yet to be regarded as a modern movie classic, no other films have made me realize the art of comedy such as this one. Walther Matthau is hillarious in his portrayal of Trabucco the assassin who is constantly being interrupted from doing his dirty deeds, by an even more astonishing and suicidal! Jack Lemmon. Director Billy Wilder has captured moments on tape that we all seem to relate to one way or another. Together with german actor Klaus Kinski, who more often played deeper roles than this, Lemmon and Matthau gives a performance one would normally find on a broadway theatre.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,258,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,258,543
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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