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Kotch (1971)



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For his only directorial effort, Jack Lemmon selected his old friend and habitual co-star Walter Matthau to play the central character. Joseph P. "Kotch" Kotcher (Walter Matthau) is an irksome 72-year-old who lives with his son (Charles Aidman) and daughter-in-law (played by Lemmon's wife Felicia Farr). Kotch is far from senile, but there are times that his family wishes he was a little more docile and doddering; he insists upon expressing his unwarranted opinions on all matters, both large and … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Paxton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2004


as Joseph Kotcher

as Dr. Gaudillo

as Miss Roberts

as Dr. McKernan

as Peter Herzenstiel

as Motel Manager

as Dorothy Ballinger

as Mrs. Fisher

as Receptionist

as Mrs. Pugh

as Mrs. Segura

as Film Narrator

as Stranger on Bus

as Blue Scarecrow
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Critic Reviews for Kotch

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

...very slow and very gentle...

Full Review… | March 28, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

Walter Matthau gives a compelling, Oscar-nominated performance as a grumpy old man in this melodrama, the only film star Jack Lemmon directed.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012

Audience Reviews for Kotch

It's very interesting to see Lemmon direct for the first and only time and decide to go with Matthau rather than an aged actor. Matthau of course always looked old but here he sometimes hits the mark and other times doesn't. I wonder if the lukewarm result prompted Lemmon not to direct anything else.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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