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Grumpy Old Men (1993)

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A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

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Donald Petrie
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... John Gustafson
Walter Matthau ... Max Goldman
Ann-Margret ... Ariel Truax
Burgess Meredith ... Grandpa Gustafson
Daryl Hannah ... Melanie
Kevin Pollak ... Jacob Goldman
Ossie Davis ... Chuck
Buck Henry ... Snyder
Christopher McDonald ... Mike
Steve Cochran Steve Cochran ... Weatherman
Joe Howard ... Pharmacist
Isabell O'Connor Isabell O'Connor ... Nurse (as Isabell Monk)
Buffy Sedlachek Buffy Sedlachek ... Punky (as Buffy Sedlacheck)
John Carroll Lynch ... Moving Man
Charles Brin Charles Brin ... Fisherman
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Storyline

John and Max are elderly men living next door to each other. They're continuously arguing and insulting each other, and have been this way for over 50 years. One day, Ariel, moves into the street. Both men are attracted to her, and their rivalry steps up a gear. Written by Rob Hartill

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The best of enemies until something came between them. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During a scene where John & JW (Grandpa) Gustafson are walking through the ice fishing shacks, you can see a signpost like the one in M*A*S*H (1972) had in the center of camp pointing out distances to member's home towns. The one in Grumpy Old Men (1993) shows "Kenosha, WI 250 miles", "Fair Banks, AK 3130 miles", and "Rosies, Seoul 6750 miles". This is an homage to the TV show M*A*S*H (1972), which lists this in its trivia:"Rosie's bar" was inspired by a real bar in Seoul called "Rose's bar". Located just outside Camp Mosier in Seoul, Rose's bar was located in an area which had a thriving night life catering primarily to U.S. military personnel. After the war, this section of Seoul turned into a residential area, but Rose's bar continued to exist till 1971 when it was brought down to build small apartments. (Source: Armed Forces History Museum) See more »

Goofs

The IRS at the time of the movie didn't audit a year if it was over ten years old. In the movie they said he collected for 20 years and eleven of those 20 were not claimed properly. That is past the ten-year mark. He had not been collecting for probably a number of years, so those years would not have been audited and they wouldn't be entitled to anything. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Snyder: Mr. Gustafson! I have to talk to you! Mr. Gustafson, will you answer the door, please? I know you're in there! It's no use pretending this isn't happening, Mr. Gustafson! I can't keep coming... back here every couple of days! You have to talk to me! Mr. Gustafson, I'm just trying to help you! Come on and open the door! I'll just keep knocking! I'll come back, so you might as well answer the door! I know you're in there! Think of the neighbors, Mr. Gustafson! There's a letter for ...
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Crazy Credits

Take 14: Look's like Chuck's gonna bury his boner. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Supernatural: The Curious Case of Dean Winchester (2009) See more »

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The Hukilau Song
Written by Jack Owens
Performed by Webley Edwards
Courtesy of CAPITOL RECORDS
Under License from CEMA SPECIAL MARKETS
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Classic Matthau and Lemmon
14 January 2005 | by au_law2001See all my reviews

This is an instant classic and a very recognizable film of the two, that if you ask someone about them, they will always mention this. A grreat and memorable role of the two, and and very hilarious, you'll want to see it again. They are a bunch of bumbling and feuding neighbors, who are in love with the same woman. Every scene with them in this one is unforgettable and outrageously funny. Especially the scenes with Matthau, with the fishing pole that sinks into the ice, he screams loud. An unforgettable scream and very funny too. He does the same when Ann Margaret drops the big fish before he can get a shot of it, and again when he discovers the dried fish that Jack Lemmon put in his car without him noticing it, and I like his line there, "ya shmuck!" That was funny. Boy those two are really funny, but at the same time they know how to make dramatic scenes that are almost teary, and sometimes serious and heart-warming ones, but they still become funny at the end and seem to keep it like that. Recommended to all fans of the two.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,874,911, 26 December 1993

Gross USA:

$70,172,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,172,621
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Dolby SR | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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