The Sunshine Boys
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In this 1975 adaptation of Neil Simon's stage play, director Herbert Ross presents the story of two old-time Vaudvillians played by Walter Matthau and George Burns in his first starring role since 1939's Honolulu. After decades apart, the cantankerous duo is persuaded to reunite for a television special despite the fact that they hate each other. Richard Benjamin co-stars as Matthau's nephew, who has the responsibility of making sure the comedians go through with the show and don't kill each other in the process. Nominated for four Academy Awards, Burns took home the statue for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"The Sunshine Boys is an extremely sensitive and lovable film version of Neil Simon's play, with Walter Matthau and George Burns outstanding in their starring roles as a pair of long-hostile vaudeville partners."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Great chemistry between the two great comic leads and some pretty decent one-liners but this doesn't manage to hold together as a feature-length concept."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"It's generally an appealing and witty film because the leads are outstanding as cranks."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The movie itself is a bit lackluster (clever dialogue, but it really goes on and on and on...)."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Mr. Matthau is so good playing old men, we may never know when he finally becomes one."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"One of the best films ever made from a Neil Simon play."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ross directs indulgently and no one seems to have noticed the sound of the voices, as though the participants had their hearing aids switched off."
‑ , Film4
"Neil Simon's most irritating play is no less agonizing on the screen under Herbert Ross's sycophantic direction."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Herbert Ross' version of Neil Simon's Broadway production is still a play--verbose and repetitious at that--but it's well acted by Walter Matthau and George Burns (who won an Oscar) as the two cranky vet vaudevillians."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"With apologies to fans of The Odd Couple and The Goodbye Girl, this is my favorite of those countless screen Simons."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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