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    Alec B Super Reviewer
    Apr 05, 2019

    There's a lot of unrealized potential here but it's worth seeing for Matthau's fantastic performance.

    There's a lot of unrealized potential here but it's worth seeing for Matthau's fantastic performance.

  • Feb 01, 2019

    The best comedy movie ever made!

    The best comedy movie ever made!

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Feb 24, 2018

    Walter Matthau got an Oscar for his epic portrayal of a sleazy, ambulance chasing lawyer who sees a big payday when his schlub brother-in-law (Lemmon) gets creamed while filming a pro-football game, and the action sizzles whenever he's onscreen. The two subplots don't fare as well: the football player who does the damage, drowning in guilt, and the stereotypical scheming ex-wife who returns for the money. As usual with Billy Wilder, it's the cynical view of the modern man blues that provides the comedy.

    Walter Matthau got an Oscar for his epic portrayal of a sleazy, ambulance chasing lawyer who sees a big payday when his schlub brother-in-law (Lemmon) gets creamed while filming a pro-football game, and the action sizzles whenever he's onscreen. The two subplots don't fare as well: the football player who does the damage, drowning in guilt, and the stereotypical scheming ex-wife who returns for the money. As usual with Billy Wilder, it's the cynical view of the modern man blues that provides the comedy.

  • Sep 05, 2015

    One of the better more intelligent comedy movies this talented team made....and that is saying something

    One of the better more intelligent comedy movies this talented team made....and that is saying something

  • Jun 01, 2015

    Billy Wilder offers another riff on the insurance scam with this over-long but mordantly witty comedy, superbly performed by the sublime odd couple, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Matthau in particular relishes his role as the world's most devious huckster and is laugh out loud hilarious. It's a pity that so many of the supporting performances are undercast and that Wilder didn't trim a good twenty minutes from the running time, but it's still a delightful entertainment, aided considerably by Andre Previn's lugubrious jazz score.

    Billy Wilder offers another riff on the insurance scam with this over-long but mordantly witty comedy, superbly performed by the sublime odd couple, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Matthau in particular relishes his role as the world's most devious huckster and is laugh out loud hilarious. It's a pity that so many of the supporting performances are undercast and that Wilder didn't trim a good twenty minutes from the running time, but it's still a delightful entertainment, aided considerably by Andre Previn's lugubrious jazz score.

  • Apr 26, 2015

    Great performances from all but it got a little thin taking place in only one or so rooms.

    Great performances from all but it got a little thin taking place in only one or so rooms.

  • Mar 25, 2015

    Las buenas intenciones y una magnífica dirección del gran Billy Wilder.

    Las buenas intenciones y una magnífica dirección del gran Billy Wilder.

  • Nov 28, 2014

    I've always liked this Billy Wilder film, though I never felt it balanced the bittersweet comedy and dramatic elements as well as his earlier collaboration with star Jack Lemmon in "The Apartment." Here Lemmon is a TV cameraman who gets accidentally tackled during an NFL game. Enter his ambulance chasing lawyer brother-in-law, the great Walter Matthau, and his ex-wife who he still carries a torch for, Judi West, who both see dollar signs as a result of Lemmon's injuries and convince him to fake his pain and suffering. Lemmon is s wonderfully sympathetic sad sack, but Matthau steals the show, which earned him a well deserved Oscar. I'm actually reading Cameron Crowe's interview book with Billy Wilder right now and that made this film all the more enjoyable. There's also a nice score by André Previn. Overall, this film isn't as good as Wilder's best pictures, though that's a pretty high bar considering he made some unquestionable Hollywood classics ("Stalag 17," "Sunset Boulevard," "Some Like it Hot," etc.), but it's still a terrific film that kicked off the partnership on one of the great comic duos with Lemmon and Matthau. As an aside, this film made me want to re-watch "Charley Varrick," which is a pretty different sort of Walter Matthau role, but I need to watch some more of his stuff again.

    I've always liked this Billy Wilder film, though I never felt it balanced the bittersweet comedy and dramatic elements as well as his earlier collaboration with star Jack Lemmon in "The Apartment." Here Lemmon is a TV cameraman who gets accidentally tackled during an NFL game. Enter his ambulance chasing lawyer brother-in-law, the great Walter Matthau, and his ex-wife who he still carries a torch for, Judi West, who both see dollar signs as a result of Lemmon's injuries and convince him to fake his pain and suffering. Lemmon is s wonderfully sympathetic sad sack, but Matthau steals the show, which earned him a well deserved Oscar. I'm actually reading Cameron Crowe's interview book with Billy Wilder right now and that made this film all the more enjoyable. There's also a nice score by André Previn. Overall, this film isn't as good as Wilder's best pictures, though that's a pretty high bar considering he made some unquestionable Hollywood classics ("Stalag 17," "Sunset Boulevard," "Some Like it Hot," etc.), but it's still a terrific film that kicked off the partnership on one of the great comic duos with Lemmon and Matthau. As an aside, this film made me want to re-watch "Charley Varrick," which is a pretty different sort of Walter Matthau role, but I need to watch some more of his stuff again.

  • Nov 15, 2014

    And this completes my Billy Wilder Trilogy of this rainy Saturday. Matthau and Lemmon being funny, but the whole thing growing old at some point. Maybe it was just too long for what it was?

    And this completes my Billy Wilder Trilogy of this rainy Saturday. Matthau and Lemmon being funny, but the whole thing growing old at some point. Maybe it was just too long for what it was?

  • Jan 12, 2014

    Odlican film, a vi koji niste gledali ko vas jbe!

    Odlican film, a vi koji niste gledali ko vas jbe!