The Sunshine Boys
The Sunshine Boys (1975)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 6, 1975
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to the sparkling chemistry between its stars and Herbert Ross' gentle direction, this sweetly ambling comedy ranks among Neil Simon's finest screen adaptations.

Variety Staff

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.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Aging comics sparkle, swear, and spar in Neil Simon farce.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Matthau is so good playing old men, we may never know when he finally becomes one.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's generally an appealing and witty film because the leads are outstanding as cranks.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Neil Simon's most irritating play is no less agonizing on the screen under Herbert Ross's sycophantic direction.

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TV Guide

One of the best films ever made from a Neil Simon play.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Two octogenarian former comedians reunite for one last show after a contentious separation. Neil Simon, famed for his dialogue and witticisms, may have written… More
John Ballantine
Matthau and Burns give a decent amount of life to Neil Simon's play. I find it weird how it seems like Matthau has always perpetually played old men even… More
Lucas Martins
Matthau e Burns, juntos com o maravilhoso roteiro de Neil Simon, fazem com que seja uma viagem de gargalhadas e ótima diversão. Distaque para a atuação de… More
Devon Bott
If you've ever had a strong desire to hang out with hard-of-hearing, incontinent and embittered elderly at a nursing home for two hours, then I strongly… More