Buddy Buddy (1981)




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A would-be suicide finds himself continually crossing paths with a professional assassin.
Comedy , Drama
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MGM Home Entertainment


Jack Lemmon
as Victor Clooney
Walter Matthau
as Trabucco
Paula Prentiss
as Celia Clooney
Klaus Kinski
as Dr. Hugo Zuckerbrot
Dana Elcar
as Captain Hubris
Miles Chapin
as Eddie, the Bellhop
Michael Ensign
as Assistant Hotel Manager
Joan Shawlee
as Receptionist
Fil Formicola
as Rudy `Disco' Gambola
C.J. Hunt
as Kowalski
Bette Raya
as Mexican Maid
Ronnie Sperling
as Hippie Husband
Suzie Galler
as Pregnant Wife
John Schubeck
as Newscaster
Ed Begley Jr.
as Lieutenant #1
Frank Farmer
as Lieutenant No. 2
Tom Kindle
as Highway Patrolman #1
Neile McQueen
as Saleswoman
Neile Adams
as Saleswoman
Myrna Dell
as Cashier
Gene Price
as News Announcer
Ben Lessy
as Barney Pritzig
Patti Jerome
as Matron
Gary Allen
as Man in Robe
Frances Bay
as Female Patient
Dean Bruce
as Policeman
Rod Gist
as Policeman
Steve Hirshon
as Policeman
Archie Lang
as Reporter #2
Frank Dent
as Reporter #4
Pat Bishop
as Native
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Critic Reviews for Buddy Buddy

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

There is some byplay with doubles, disguises and mistaken identity, but the rest is all bland Panavision, dreary back projection, and laboured dialogue.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This movie is appalling. It made me want to rub my eyes.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Slight but irresistible.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Instead of the sentimental cop-out that usually closes his films, Wilder has isolated an impossibly tiny center of real value and belief, an optimism that is extremely moving in its microscopic dimensions.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A slight, but amusing, black farce.

Full Review… | August 14, 2007
TV Guide

Easy to sleep on.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Buddy Buddy

I wanted to like this, but in spite of a few bright spots it's mostly pretty bad. It's hard to believe this was actually directed by Billy Wilder, who co-wrote with his frequent writing partner IAL Diamond. Matthau is a crotchety hit man, Lemmon is a neurotic would-be suicide. They keep crossing paths in ways that are evidently meant to be funny but are mostly just annoying. Wilder comes off at some times like a hopelessly out-of-touch, embittered old goat and at others like a bad imitation of himself. This is probably the lousiest film of his career, and he knew it. Even the presence of the magnificently crazy Klaus Kinski does little to liven up the dreary proceedings. Not really worth your time, unless you're a Wilder completist.

Steve Joseph
Steve Joseph

Buddy , Buddy is an american version of Francis Veber's play L'emmerdeur. It would be just perfect if there wasn't that unnecessarily vulgar sequence in the sex hospital. But aside from that this is the movie that should never be forgotten.

Matthew James
Matthew James

The weakest of the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau movie pairings I've seen. It has one or two funny moments, but overall both actors are underutilized, the script is weak, the story is cliched except for it's far-too-abrupt ending, and the characters are *too* bizarre and caricatured for us to do much but just stare at them in confusion. Far from a great film.

Hannah Megill
Hannah Megill

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