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The Sunshine Boys (1975)

PG | | Comedy | 8 January 1976 (UK)
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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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 ... 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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006. See more »

Goofs

George Burns says he drove in from Jersey in a 1973 Chrysler Imperial when in fact it is a 1972 model. See more »

Quotes

Ben Clark: How do you do, Mr. Lewis. I'm Ben Clark, Willy's nephew.
Al Lewis: [shaking hands] Oh?... oh! Willy's nephew Ben. Sure, hello. How are you?
Ben Clark: Fine, sir.
Al Lewis: Good, good. You're Willy's nephew Ben. How are you?
Ben Clark: Fine, sir, very good. It was nice of you to see me.
Al Lewis: Really? When was that?
Ben Clark: [after a pause] Today...
[laughing nervously]
Ben Clark: Heh, heh, it was nice of you to see me today.
Al Lewis: Certainly. Today is fine. As a matter of fact, I was expecting you today.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Tiger Claws (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Make 'Em Laugh
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Arranged by Conrad Salinger
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Vintage Simon; Burns & Matthau make an indelible comic duo
22 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE SUNSHINE BOYS (1975) ***1/2 Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin. (Cameos: Steve Allen and Phyllis Diller). Extremely funny and warm-hearted adaptation of Neil Simon's play about two stubborn vaudevillians teaming up one last time for a tv special despite the fact they haven't spoken to one another in years. Matthau is a riot ("Ehnntaaaahhh!") but Burns, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, resurrected his career and became an icon in entertainment. Incidentally, Burns took this role when his best friend, Jack Benny (who was initially cast), died. Look for small roles by Howard Hesseman and F.

Murray Abraham.


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