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The Sunshine Boys (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 28 December 1997
Two aging comedians who acrimoniously dissolved their act eight years earlier must overcome their differences when they have the chance for a lucrative movie comeback.

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John Erman

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Al Lewis
Peter Falk ... Willie Clark
Michael McKean ... Scott Grogan
Liev Schreiber ... Ricky Gregg
Edie Falco ... Carol
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Nancy Davison
Tyler Noyes Tyler Noyes ... Peter
Olga Merediz ... Sue
Andy Taylor Andy Taylor ... Michael Davison
Jose Soto Jose Soto ... Hispanic Boy 1
Kirk Acevedo ... Hispanic Boy 2
William Hill ... Hal Jenks
Herbert Rubens Herbert Rubens ... Murray
Merwin Goldsmith Merwin Goldsmith ... Harry
David Lipman ... Jerry
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Storyline

Neil Simon wrote this updated version of his 1972 Broadway play about a film agent's efforts to recombine the once famous comedy pair Lewis and Clark, played by Woody Allen and Peter Falk. Written by Kunal Taravade <kunalt@cris.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This marks the only film appearance of Woody Allen with either Peter Falk or Sarah Jessica Parker. Allen has no scenes with Whoopi Goldberg. See more »

Quotes

Willie Clark: You're a funny man, Al. A pain in the ass but a funny man.
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Connections

References Interiors (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Friends
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Liza Minnelli
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Awesomely Awful
7 May 2007 | by grabitrun_11See all my reviews

I am a great fan of Neil Simon's work, and of the original film version starring Walter Matthau and George Burns in a truly wonderful and memorable film.

To say this film sucks is an understatement, I can see why they updated the old guys routine from vaudeville to 50s TV, but I still didn't see any need to make this - even as a TV movie - AT ALL! As another poster pointed out, Peter Falk and Woody Allen appear to be in 2 completely different films with absolutely zero chemistry between them, Falk in particular is awesomely awful in his hammy OTT portrayal of Willie Clark in comparison to Allen's subtle naturalistic style - indeed one is left asking how if these two ever shared a coffee and a chat together, never mind a TV career.

Again, I love both Allen and Falk, but they are just so miscast in a mis-idea to remake this, even if it does have Simon's fingerprints on the updated script.

One of the worst TV movies ever.


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