The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

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

The Odd Couple

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/1998
UPC: 0097360802634
Original Release: 1968
Rating: G
Source: Paramount

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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The Odd Couple 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
waltertk More than 1 year ago
Cab't get enough of Simon. I especially appreciate the extras. Not enough classics have bonus features.
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