The Odd Couple

1968

The Odd Couple

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In this film, compulsive neatnik Felix Unger is thrown out of his house by his wife. He gravitates to the apartment of his best friend, incorrigibly-sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison. Oscar invites Felix to move in with him, but within days the mismatched pair is on the verge of mutual murder.

Cast

Walter Matthau
as Oscar Madison
Jack Lemmon
as Felix Unger
Carole Shelley
as Gwendolyn
Iris Adrian
as Waitress
Heywood Hale Broun
as Sportswriter
John C. Becher
as Hotel Clerk
Roberto Clemente
as Himself - Baseball Player
Matty Alou
as Himself - Baseball Player
Maury Wills
as Himself - Baseball Player
Vernon Law
as Himself - Baseball Player
Ken Boyer
as Himself - Baseball Player
Bud Harrelson
as Himself - Baseball Player
Jerry Buchek
as Himself - Baseball Player
Ed Kranepool
as Himself - Baseball Player
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Critic Reviews for The Odd Couple

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  • Capitalizing on almost every funny line in the play, and keeping physical setups to a wise minimum, playwright-screenwriter Neil Simon and director Gene Saks have adapted to the screen, fidelity-sharp, the embattled hilarity of The Odd Couple.

    May 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Neil Simon comedy that lit up Broadway for more than two years shines again in this flawed but still funny screen adaptation.

    Apr 27, 2009 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • ...a durable classic, the sort of comedy that doesn't try to yank laughs by cramming its fist down our throats.

    Mar 18, 2009 | Full Review…

    Mark Bourne

    Film.com
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  • For all its overfamiliarity, this is a good play, easily Simon's best, and Matthau and Lemmon inhabit it with grace and style.

    Apr 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • An irresistible double act from Lemmon and Matthau.

    Jan 26, 2006

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It does well as an evening's entertainment.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Odd Couple

  • Jul 11, 2013
    Tonally, it's inconsistent, and its characters behave in seemingly random ways, but The Odd Couple contains just enough comedic starpower and underlying progressiveness to ensure it's a worthy watch.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2013
    Neat-freak Felix rooms with the messy Oscar. Classic, funny, and enjoyable, <i>The Odd Couple</i> works primarily because of the strong performances by the two leads, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Both make their characters both likeable and annoying, and both deliver Neil Simon's lines with a high-energy, <i>His Girl Friday</i> wit. This film is more fun than profound, more madcap than sober, and while I rarely laugh out loud at most comedies, I found myself chuckling and smiling now and then at the film's clever repartee. Overall, this film is a classic for a reason -- a very good reason.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2013
    "The Odd Couple" isn't completely successful in its transfer from stage to screen, but the humor is still as ripe as ever and there are two great lead performances from Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The main problem is that Gene Saks' direction doesn't elevate the "The Odd Couple" the way that it should, making the film often feel like nothing more than a filmed play. However, it's enjoyable and there's an honest message at its center, and, above all, it's funny.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2011
    Hilarious and acted to perfection.
    matt s Super Reviewer

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