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Wilder and Co. have taken pains to update, refresh and reboot the tale, the prior efforts no doubt informing them but, in spite of all the tricks pulled this is a piece that feels more like nostalgia - of all concerned - a wishing for the old days. And (as in when talking to an old person) there are moments when the story seems to simply stop for no discernible reason. On the whole a decent effort, only not up to the momentum of the previous releases.
This was a blind buy based on the talent involved, and it was well worth it, because there's nothing quite like Lemmon and Matthau chewing on scenery and one another, now is there? Lemmon plays a reporter who is set on leaving his newspaper to marry and the film is spent with Matthau doing everything within his power to put a stop to it, and it's a very enjoyable ride.
Give this one a rental!
Watched after I seen the broadway play. It was good and I'm not one who watches many movies this old. I may have only enjoyed comparing it to the play however.
Muy divertida, no paran ni un instante
Get yer head back in there, you God Damned turtle!
set in 1929, a great newspaper man is about to retire and get married only to get suckered in for one last scoop concerning the escape of a man who is sentenced to death row. the hijinks involved were quite funny and the set design was amazing! it has the look and feel of the 20s down to a T. jack lemmon and walter matthau do a stand up job as usual as the one of the greatest comedic on screen pairs since abbott & costello. based on hecht/macarthur play, this billy wilder production is a fun film worth checking out.
The Front Page is a decent film. It is about an escaped death row convict who shows up at the office of a tabloid newspaper trying to convey his innocence. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau give good performances. The screenplay is enjoyable but a little in places. Billy Wilder did an alright directing this movie. I like this motion picture because of the humor and drama.
Wonderful remake, and classic Matthau & Lemmon pairing.
It relies too much on foul language, inappropriate slapstick, and superficial cynicism.
Can Billy Wilder do anything wrong? Me thinks not. This is a laugh out loud classic comedy from one of my fav directors, with a star studded cast that shine in each of their roles - and considering the majority of the film takes place in one room - this is a must see for film fans - and aspiring journalists!