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THE ODD COUPLE (1968)

When Felix Unger breaks up with his wife, he finds himself depressed and on the verge of suicide. Saved by his friend, Oscar Madison, however, Oscar urges Felix o to move-in, at least until he can get himself back on his feet again. But can the two antithetical personas really cohabitate and stay sane in the process?

The perfect cast includes: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herbert Edelman, David Sheiner, and Monica Evans.

The wonderful screenplay is by Neil Simon - based on his play.

Produced by Howard Koch. Directed by Gene Saks.

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This brilliant, intelligent comedy showcases Neil Simon's creative genius, in creating a hilarious story about two divorced men, who decide that they want to share an apartment. When Felix (Jack Lemmon) is thrown out of his house by his fed-up wife, he is emotionally devastated, feeling like he has lost everything he cared about. Oscar (Walter Matthau) who his dear friend and poker buddy, offers to share his big, 8 room apartment, as he too is divorced, and feeling lonely, and a little depressed himself.

The fun starts when Felix moves in with Oscar. Oscar and Felix have radical, opposite personalities, and habits, making them a really odd couple of convenience, compassion and friction. Oscar is an incredible slob, with the unique ability to mess up any room in no time flat, without even thinking about it; qualifying him to be the poster child for any good housekeeping/ healthful living advocate group.While Felix, although a tremendous cook and housekeeper, is a fussy, obsessive perfectionist; being "fastidious to a fault," as well as having some really annoying personal habits; (check out the restaurant scene). Felix can't stand to see anything out of place, or any mess of any kind, and proves "that cleanliness is next to insanity."

The result is a hilarious script, by Neil Simon, carried out flawlessly by two veteran, academy-award winning actors, Matthau and Lemon, who work together,"with the precision timing of a vaudeville team," showing "bright spontaneity" in their craft, and creating the "enduring and endearing" film that Simon envisioned, and Producer, Howard Koch, wanted to make.

As most of the film is shot in Oscar's apartment, with only a few scenes outside this set, the greatness of this film is due to the acting talent seen, the direction, by Gene Saks, and the marvelous script. This small, ensemble cast does a great job working together, providing great support for Matthau and Lemon.

Favorite scenes include: The opening poker scenes, Matthau / Lemon scenes at the apartment and restaurant, their date scene in the apartment with the neighbor women, and the fight scene.

The cast is Jack Lemon (Felix) and Walter Matthau (Oscar). Poker Buddies: John Fiedler (Vinnie), Herbert Edelman (Murray), David Sheiner (Roy), Larry Haines (Speed). Neighbor women: Monica Evans (Cecily), and Carole Shelley (Gwendolyn).

If you enjoyed THE ODD COUPLE, you may like TheTHE GOODBYE GIRL, THE ODD COUPLE 2, THE SUNSHINE BOYS, and CALIFORNIA SUITE.