The Odd Couple

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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 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 ...
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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 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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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: 4/7/1998
  • UPC: 097360802634
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

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
Bud Harrelson
Maury Wills
John C. Becher Hotel Clerk
Heywood Hale Broun Sportswriter
Maury Allen
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic still holds up

    Cab't get enough of Simon. I especially appreciate the extras. Not enough classics have bonus features.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I nearly died

    I watched this DVD when 40 weeks pregnant and nearly died laughing - it was simultaneously hilarious and scary! Probably the best comedy I've ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Greatest Comedies of all time

    This is the funniest movie that Lemmon and Matthau did together and I would say Neil Simon is one of the greatest comedic writers of all time. Definately one of my favorites.

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