The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)

The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)

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A lesser but still entertaining Neil Simon work, +The Prisoner of Second Avenue was adapted to film in 1974. Jack Lemmon takes over the role played on Broadway by Peter Falk: Mel is a New York-based advertising man who goes through hell when he loses his job. The gods seem to conspire against him as he tries to cope with his unemployed status; he is particularly depressed over the fact that he must now subsist on the income of his wife (Anne Bancroft). There are laughs in The Prisoner of Second Avenue, but it's the laughter of desperation and despair; it might not be advisable to watch this film after a bad day at the office. Watch for Sylvester Stallone as the "human punch line" of an old urban legend about a pickpocket.

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Cast

Jack Lemmon
as Mel Edison
Anne Bancroft
as Edna Edison
Gene Saks
as Harry Edison
Ed Peck
as Man Upstairs
Gene Blakely
as Charlie
Ivor Francis
as Psychiatrist
Stack Pierce
as Detective
Sylvester Stallone
as Youth in Park
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Critic Reviews for The Prisoner of Second Avenue

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

January 30, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

sharp and intriguing

September 30, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

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.

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