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During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.

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Billy Wilder

Writers:

Francis Veber (play), Francis Veber (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Victor Clooney
Walter Matthau ... Trabucco
Paula Prentiss ... Celia Clooney
Klaus Kinski ... Dr. Hugo Zuckerbrot
Dana Elcar ... Capt. Hubris
Miles Chapin ... Eddie, the Bellhop
Michael Ensign ... Assistant Manager
Joan Shawlee ... Receptionist
Fil Formicola Fil Formicola ... Rudy 'Disco' Gambola
C.J. Hunt C.J. Hunt ... Kowalski
Bette Raya Bette Raya ... Mexican Maid
Ronnie Sperling ... Hippy Husband
Suzie Galler Suzie Galler ... Pregnant Wife
John Schubeck John Schubeck ... Newscaster
Ed Begley Jr. ... Lieutenant #1
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Storyline

Walter Matthau plays a professional killer going by the name of Trabucco, who is on his way to rub out gangster Rudy "Disco" Gambola, set to testify against the mob. As Trabucco heads off to a hotel across the street from the courthouse where he plans to set his hit, he runs into the depressed Victor Clooney, who laments the fact that his wife has left him for the head of a weird Californian sex clinic. Trabucco keeps walking and sets up his rifle in a hotel room. He is disturbed by Victor trying to hang himself in the adjoining hotel room and tries to prevent him from killing himself by restraining him, but Victor breaks loose and climbs onto the ledge of the hotel window. To get Victor to come back in, he agrees to drive him to the clinic to see his wife. The two go to the clinic where Victor's wife Celia informs Victor that she is in love in the head of the clinic, quack Dr. Zuckerbrot. When Victor finds out that Celia is filing for divorce, he heads back to the hotel to kill ... Written by Anonymous

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It's the beginning of a ferociously funny friendship...in this year's craziest comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amic amic See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,258,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,258,543
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Klaus Kinski turned down "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) to make this movie simply because the producers were offering more money. See more »

Goofs

When Clooney is looking into the auditorium at the clinic, the door opens outward as seen from the outside. When the shot switches to the inside, the door opens inward. See more »

Quotes

hotel clerk: How long will you be staying with us?
Trabucco: I'll let you know.
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

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Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

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Cecilia
Written by Herman Ruby (uncredited) & Dave Dreyer (uncredited)
Sung by Michael Dees
Arranged by Pete Rugolo
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Lemmon and Matthau strike again!
12 July 2002 | by sa013See all my reviews

This film features another brilliant performance from the veteran comedy duo, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau (sadly, both recently deceased). I shouldn't have to say anymore to sell this film to you. If you're a fan of Lemmon and Matthau then you'll love this film, if you're not, then you're philistines and who cares what you think anyway?

This lovely example of early 1980s comedy features Matthau as an assassin who's been hired by the Mob to "off this stoolie". During the execution (no pun intended) of this task he bumps into Victor Clooney (Lemmon), a weird little man, whose wife has left him and joined a sex-colony.

I can honestly say that I feel no need whatsoever to elaborate any further. As I said, Lemmon and Matthau's names in the credits was enough to make me watch this film and I'm so glad I did. It's hilarious! If you don't find this film funny then check your pulse because you're probably dead.

8.5/10


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