• The Odd Couple (1968)

The Odd Couple

Release Date: 1968

DVD Release Date: December 12th, 2000

G |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

When fussy Felix (Jack Lemmon) becomes suicidal over his impending divorce, he accepts an offer to move in with his best friend, messy Oscar (Walter Matthau). Felix drives Oscar crazy with his obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his funk by arranging a double date with two wacky British neighbors, Cecily (Monica Evans) and Gwendolyn (Carole Shelley). When the plan backfires and Felix grows even more despondent, his friendship with Oscar is put to the test.

Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herbert Edelman, Monica Evans, Carole Shelley, David Sheiner, Larry Haines

Director: Gene Saks

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Touching, Hilarious, Friendship, Rivalry, Witty, 1960s, New York City, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Telegraph

    What makes the film so charming is the comic interplay between Matthau and Lemmon. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A funny screen version of a very funny (if not very significant) Broadway comedy. It does well as an evening's entertainment. show more

  • 100
    Kim NewmanEmpire

    Lemmon and Mathau's finest hour. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Film Editing