The story of Mel and Edna (Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft), a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Manhattan high rise apartment building. Mel loses his job, the apartment is robbed, Edna gets a job, Mel loses his mind, Edna loses her job . . . to say nothing of the more minor tribulations of nosy neighbors, helpful relatives, and exact bus fares. The couple suffers indignity after indignity (some self-inflicted), and when they seem on the verge of surrender, they thumb their noses defiantly and dig the trenches for battle.
...and you think you've got problems.
Did You Know?
There are two chess sets depicted in the film. Both consist of good quality plastic pieces made by the E. S. Lowe Company, the first, the "Tournament" edition, the second, in the park, the "Renaissance" edition. Both were very popular in the 60s and 70s during the US chess craze surrounding Bobby Fischer. See more
After Mel (Jack Lemmon) chases the kid (Sylvester Stallone) all over the park and then takes his wallet, he puts it in the right breast pocket of his sport jacket, but when he takes it out to show Edna in the apartment, he removes it from his left breast pocket. See more
Could we turn all of these off, it looks like a night game at Shea Stadium!