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I'm Not Rappaport (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 24 December 1996 (USA)
Two old men - a white former radical, and a black retired janitor - strike up an unusual and funny friendship on a park bench in New York, where they deal with family, drug dealers, and the pitfalls of age.


Herb Gardner


Herb Gardner (play), Herb Gardner (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Nat Moyer
Ossie Davis ... Midge Carter
Amy Irving ... Clara Gelber
Craig T. Nelson ... The Cowboy
Boyd Gaines ... Pete Danforth
Martha Plimpton ... Laurie Campbell
Guillermo Díaz ... J.C.
Elina Löwensohn ... Clara Lemlich
Ron Rifkin ... Feigenbaum
Marin Hinkle ... Hannah
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ... Ella Mae Tilden
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Kamir
Irwin Corey ... Sol
Mina Bern
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Waiter


Old Nat Moyer is a talker, a philosopher, and a troublemaker with a fanciful imagination. His companion is Midge Carter, who is half-blind, but still the super of an apartment house. When he is threatened with retirement, Nat battles on his behalf. Nat also takes on his daughter, a drug dealer, and a mugger in this appealing version of a really 'odd couple'. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and momentary violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "I'm Not Rappaport" opened on Novemeber 19, 1985 at the Boothe Theater and ran for 891 performances. Herb Gardner wrote both the stage play and the screen play for the movie version and won the 1986 Tony award for Best Play. Judd Hirsch won the 1986 Tony Award for best Actor for his role as Nat Moyer, that was played in the movie by Walter Matthau. See more »


While Moyer arrives with a briefcase to the meeting with Carter and Danforth, he leaves without it. See more »


Midge: Lord, I asked for help, and you send me a weird Commie blind man.
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Features Dennis the Menace (1959) See more »

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Nat Moyer may be several persons
10 November 1999 | by rachid-2See all my reviews

Nat Moyer ( Walter Matthau ) may be several persons for the others: consumer protector, working class counselor, FBI agent, movie industry mogul, ... But Nat was in his entire life, essentially, the man who never forgot Clara Lemlich calling a general strike at the textile workers Union meeting. Matthau'interpretation was worth an Oscar. The movie has the marks of the original play. A gentle satire about the dreams and the death of communism.

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Release Date:

24 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,993, 29 December 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

GreeneStreet Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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