The Prisoner of Second Avenue Poster

Release Date: 1975

PG|1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary
Neurotic middle-aged New Yorker Mel Edison (Jack Lemmon) is fired from his advertising job, forcing his loving wife, Edna (Anne Bancroft), to become the couple's sole breadwinner. Feeling emasculated, he begins to fall into a depression. A summer heat wave, unthoughtful neighbors and a robbery only worsen matters. When Mel finally suffers a nervous breakdown, he relies on those closest to him, including Edna and his brother Harry (Gene Saks), to restore his sanity.

Cast: Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, Gene Saks, Elizabeth Wilson, Florence Stanley, Maxine Stuart, Ed Peck, Gene Blakely

Director: Melvin Frank

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Warner Bros.

Keywords: New York City, Amusing, Fall, Marriage, Brother, 1970s


Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)