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Plot, Details & Awards

The Sunshine Boys

(1975)
PG 111min.
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Plot & Details

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 Best Supporting Actor.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Marvin March Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Neil Simon Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Albert Brenner Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Walter Matthau Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor George Burns Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Walter Matthau Won
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Won
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy George Burns Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Neil Simon Nominated
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Richard Benjamin Won

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