Odd Couple

Odd Couple

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Director: Gene Saks

Cast: Gene Saks, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler

     
 

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Compulsive neatnik Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) is thrown out of his house by his divorce-bound wife. He wanders aimlessly through the streets of New York, toying with the idea of suicide, before gravitating to the apartment of his best friend, incorrigibly sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau). Worried that Felix will try something desperate, Oscar, himself… See more details below

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Overview

Compulsive neatnik Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) is thrown out of his house by his divorce-bound wife. He wanders aimlessly through the streets of New York, toying with the idea of suicide, before gravitating to the apartment of his best friend, incorrigibly sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau). Worried that Felix will try something desperate, Oscar, himself in the process of being divorced by his wife, invites Felix to move in with him. Within a few days, this mismatched pair is on the verge of mutual murder: Felix cannot abide Oscar's slovenliness, while Oscar is driven insane by Felix's obsession with cleanliness. A potentially passionate evening with Oscar's neighbors, the "coo-coo" Pigeon sisters (Monica Evans and Carole Shelley) is ruined when Felix, ruminating over his wife and children, reduces the two ladies to remorseful tears. Pushed to the brink, Oscar stalks around the apartment making as big a mess as possible. Comes the next week's poker game, and the previously vengeful Oscar is worried that Felix might have attempted to do away with himself again. Instead, a surprisingly self-confident Felix shows up to collect his belongings, then announces that he's temporarily moving upstairs with the toothsome Pigeon sisters! There's a laugh a second in this faithful movie adaptation of Neil Simon's hit Broadway play. A foolproof comic situation (allegedly based on a chapter in the life of Simon's brother Danny) is kept alive and healthy by some of the funniest dialogue ever written. The Odd Couple was later adapted into a long-running TV sitcom starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Matthew Grimm
Bearing little resemblance to the TV sitcom that later diluted its memory, this small gem of a film represents the tasty darker side of playwright Neil Simon's often melodramatic work. The setup is almost mythic by now: Felix Ungar (Jack Lemmon), dumped by his wife and borderline suicidal, is taken in by the warmhearted but slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau), and neuroses of the highest order ensue. Lemmon, American cinema’s first obsessive-compulsive antihero, serves as the perfect straight man to Matthau’s wisecracking guy’s guy, a vaguely domesticated, willfully devolved caveman. The dichotomy yields rampant domestic conflict and, better still, some deliciously delivered Matthau murder threats. Even amid regrets over his mistreatment of his roomie, Matthau fears Felix’s ghost returning to the apartment, "haunting and cleaning, haunting and cleaning." Nimble performances abound, including those of the four poker buddies, who click so well on screen you almost wish Simon had written them bigger roles. Still, it is Matthau and Lemmon who made cinema history here, forging a partnership that made this and all their subsequent movies -- from The Front Page to the Grumpy Old Men series -- must-sees.
All Movie Guide
Perhaps the funniest film version of a Neil Simon play, The Odd Couple benefits from the superb comic interaction of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. It was Matthau and Lemmon's second movie together (following 1966's similar Fortune Cookie), though it would not be their last. Adapted for the screen by the playwright and helmed by Broadway director Gene Saks, the film successfully walked a fine line between sheer comedy and sincere drama. Matthau and Lemmon would re-team for the rest of their careers, but never with the vitality that they exhibited in this film. The Odd Couple was later a popular, long-running television show, with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman in the Lemmon and Matthau roles.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303175
Original Release:
1968
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
4,584

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Felix Unger
Walter Matthau Oscar Madison
John Fiedler Vinnie
Herb Edelman Murray
David Sheiner Roy
Larry Haines Speed
Monica Evans Cecily
Carole Shelley Gwendolyn
Iris Adrian Waitress
Roberto Clemente Actor
Bud Harrelson Actor
Maury Wills Actor
John C. Becher Hotel Clerk
Heywood Hale Broun Sportswriter
Maury Allen Actor

Technical Credits
Gene Saks Director
Jack Bear Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Frank Bracht Editor
John R. Carter Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Robert B. Hauser Cinematographer
Neal Hefti Score Composer
Howard W. Koch Producer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Hank Moonjean Asst. Director
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Jack Petty Makeup
Harry Ray Makeup
Neil Simon Screenwriter
Walter Tyler Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Odd Couple
1. Chapter 1 [8:53]
2. Chapter 2 [5:42]
3. Chapter 3 [4:53]
4. Chapter 4 [9:47]
5. Chapter 5 [2:25]
6. Chapter 6 [8:31]
7. Chapter 7 [4:09]
8. Chapter 8 [:01]
9. Chapter 9 [2:15]
10. Chapter 10 [3:54]
11. Chapter 11 [4:33]
12. Chapter 12 [3:26]
13. Chapter 13 [1:17]
14. Chapter 14 [5:43]
15. Chapter 15 [14:17]
16. Chapter 16 [2:32]
17. Chapter 17 [6:51]
18. Chapter 18 [4:40]
19. Chapter 19 [:54]
20. Chapter 20 [4:38]
21. Chapter 21 [4:45]
22. Chapter 22 [1:05]

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