The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)
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sharp and intriguing
Audience Reviews for The Prisoner of Second Avenue
Jack Lemmon is one consummate actor when it comes to falling apart on screen. Although this masquerades as a "comedy," there are flashes of his extraordinarily painful performance in Days of Wine and Roses. I'm not Neil Simon's greatest fan, but I give him credit here for blending the tragedy of Lemmon's mental breakdown with some very good humor. I wonder if any marriage in the real world could withstand this kind of relationship intensity? I don't know.
There's nothing more amusing than Jack Lemmon slowly losing it until he has a freaked out shouting jag, and this one is filled with that sort of thing.
Well worth a rental, or the $3 I paid for it at Big Lots.
pretty good despite bummer subject material also look for the quick part (his first) slyvester stallone
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