The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)


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A New York advertising executive loses his job and is forced to live on his wife's income. This adaptation of Neil Simon's Broadway play milks the man's despair for bitter comedy, as he suffers a seemingly endless series of indignities during his attempts to adapt to the unemployed life.

Rating: PG
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Simon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 2004
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for The Prisoner of Second Avenue

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

At its best, it's a second rate Death of a Salesman.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

sharp and intriguing

September 30, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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.

Lanning : )

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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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