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In this 1975 adaptation of Neil Simon's stage play, director Herbert Ross presents the story of two old-time Vaudvillians played by Walter Matthau and George Burns in his first starring role since 1939's George Burns. After decades apart, the cantankerous duo is persuaded to reunite for a television special despite the fact that they hate each other. Richard Benjamin co-stars as Matthau's nephew, who has the responsibility of making sure the comedians go through with the show and don't kill each other in the process. Nominated for four Academy Awards, Burns took home the statue for Best Supporting Actor. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

  • Release date:November 6, 1975

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marvin March Best Art Direction 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Neil Simon Best Screenplay 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Neil Simon Best Adapted Screenplay 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Richard Benjamin Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1975 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Walter Matthau Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Matthau Best Actor 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Burns Best Supporting Actor 1975 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association George Burns Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Brenner Best Art Direction 1975 Nominee

Cast

Walter Matthau
as Willy Clark
George Burns
as Al Lewis
Richard Benjamin
as Ben Clark
Lee Meredith
as Nurse in Sketch
Carol Arthur
as Lewis' Daughter Doris
Jennifer Lee
as Ben's Wife Helen
Howard Hesseman
as Commercial Director
Steve Allen
as Himself
Phyllis Diller
as Herself
F. Murray Abraham
as Mechanic
Ron Rifkin
as TV Floor Manager
Fritz Feld
as Man at Audition
Jack Bernardi
as Men at Audition
Garn Stephens
as Stage Manager
Santos Morales
as Desk Clerk
Archie Hahn III
as Assistant at Audition
Sid Gould
as Patient
Tom Spratley
as Card Player
Rashel Novikoff
as Woman in Hotel
Sammy Smith
as Man on Street
Dan Resin
as Mr. Ferranti
Walter Stocker
as TV Executive
Bill Reddick
as Announcer
Eddie Villery
as Delivery Boy
James Cranna
as TV Director
Whoopi Goldberg
as Nurse
Bill Reddick
as Announcer
James Cranna
as TV Director
Santos Morales
as Desk Clerk
Sid Gould
as Patient
Archie Hahn III
as Assistant at Audition
Jack Bernardi
as Men at Audition
Sammy Smith
as Man on Street
Eddie Villery
as Delivery Boy
Steve Allen
as Himself
F. Murray Abraham
as Mechanic
Walter Stocker
as TV Executive
Garn Stephens
as Stage Manager
Dan Resin
as Mr. Ferranti
Tom Spratley
as Card Player
Rashel Novikoff
as Woman in Hotel
Phyllis Diller
as Herself
Fritz Feld
as Man at Audition
Ron Rifkin
as TV Floor Manager

Crew

Herbert Ross
Director
Raymond Stark
Producer
Neil Simon
Screenwriter
Neil Simon
Play Author
Margaret Booth
Editor
Albert Brenner
Production Designer
Marvin March
Set Designer
Seth Banks
Costume Designer
Jerry Jost
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Roe
First Assistant Director
Regina Gruss
Publicist
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