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The Sunshine Boys (1975)

PG | | Comedy | 8 January 1976 (UK)
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A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a television special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Willy Clark
George Burns ... Al Lewis
Richard Benjamin ... Ben Clark
Lee Meredith ... Nurse in Sketch (Miss McIntosh)
Carol Arthur ... Mrs. Doris Green, Al's Daughter
Rosetta LeNoire ... Odessa, Willy's nurse (as Rosetta Le Noire)
F. Murray Abraham ... Mechanic
Howard Hesseman ... Mr. Walsh, Commerical Director
James Cranna James Cranna ... Mr. Schaeffer, TV Director
Ron Rifkin ... T.V. Floor Manager
Jennifer Lee Pryor Jennifer Lee Pryor ... Helen Clark (as Jennifer Lee)
Fritz Feld ... Mr. Gilbert, Man at Audition
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Man at Audition
Garn Stephens Garn Stephens ... Eddie, the Stage Manager
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Desk Clerk
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Storyline

Lewis and Clark were famous comedians during the vaudeville era. Off-stage, though, they couldn't stand each other, and haven't spoken in over twenty years. Ben, Willy Clark's nephew, is the producer of a variety show that wants to feature a reunion of the classic duo. How will Ben convince the crotchety old comedians to put aside their differences before the big show? Written by Mike Konczewski

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For the price of a movie, you'll feel like a million!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The music playing during the opening credits is Make 'Em Laugh, from the film Singin' in the Rain (1952). With a few minor edits to tighten it up, this appears to be the actual instrumental only playback track that would have been used while recording Donald O'Connor's vocals for the song in that film. Both films were MGM releases. See more »

Goofs

Walter Matthau takes a teabag from his cup and places it into the cup of George Burns. A moment later Burns reaches for the teabag to remove it but the string has changed direction and is hanging down from the other side of the cup. See more »

Quotes

Willy Clark: The finger! The finger!
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time: Episode #1.3 (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Make 'Em Laugh
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Arranged by Conrad Salinger
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Super Works from Matthau and Burns...
3 January 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

in one of Neil Simon's best plays. Creaky, cranky ex-Vaudeville stars played by Walter Matthau and George Burns are teaming up for a TV comedy special. The problem is they haven't even SEEN each other in over a decade. Full of zippy one liners and inside showbiz jokes, this story flies along with a steady stream of humor. Good work also by Richard Benjamin as the harried nephew, Rosetta LeNoire as the nurse, and Howard Hesseman as the TV commercial director. Steve Allen and Phyllis Diller appear as themselves. Trivia note: The opening montage contains footage from Hollywood Revue of 1929 and shows Marie Dressler, Bessie Love, Polly Moran, Cliff Edwards, Charles King, Gus Edwards, and the singing Brox Sisters.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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