The Odd Couple

Synopsis: Felix's (Jack Lemmon) wife has left him and he is contemplating suicide. His friends sense his depression and one of them, Oscar (Walter Matthau), volunteers to take him in until he is fine again. The two of them are like chalk and cheese - Oscar is fun-loving, gregarious and slovenly, Felix is a shy, stay-at-home, obsessive-compulsive neat-freak. Being around Oscar brightens Felix up, but he quickly starts to irritate Oscar.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Gene Saks
Production: Paramount Home Video
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Room, please.

You alone?


How long

you want it for?

Not very long.



Haven't you anything higher?


Good night.





Ante up.

Excuse me, sir.

Aren't you the one

called the Cincinnati Kid?

You don't like it,

get a machine.

Jeez, it stinks in here.

What time is it?


I just like to know

what time it is.

You're winning $95.

That's what time it is.

Where the hell are you running?

I just asked what time it was.

It's 10:

Got to leave by 12:00.

Oh, jeez.

I told you that

when I sat down.

Murray, didn't I say that

when I sat down?

Don't talk to him.

He's dealing.

Want to rest for a while, Murray?

Go lie down, sweetheart.

You want speed or accuracy?

Make up your mind.

Hey, you want to

do me a favor?

Smoke towards New Jersey.

No kidding. I'm really worried

about Felix.

He's never been

this late before.

Maybe somebody should call.

Hey, Oscar! Why don't you

call Felix?

Why don't we chip in

and buy another window?

How can you breathe here?

How many cards

you got? Four?

Yes, Murray, we all

have four cards.

You give us one more,

we'll all have five.

If you gave us two,

we'd have six.

You understand

how it works now?

Is Oscar playing or not?

Hey, Oscar!


Hey, Oscar, you in or out?

Out, pussycat, out!

Told my wife I'd be home

by 1:
00 the latest.

We're making an 8:00 plane

to Florida. I told you that.

Who goes to Florida in July?

It's off-season.

There's no crowds,

and you get the best room

for 1/10 the price.

No cards.

Some vacation. Six cheap people

in an empty hotel.

Dealer takes four.

Hey, you think maybe

Felix is sick?

I mean, he's never

been this late before.

This is the same garbage

from last week's game.

I'm beginning to

recognize things.

I'm out.

Two kings.


Maybe he's in his office

locked in the john again.

Did you know that Felix

was once locked

in the john overnight?

He wrote out his entire will

on half a roll

of toilet paper.

What a nut.

Don't play with your chips.

I'm asking you nice.

I'm not playing,

I'm counting.

Leave me alone, will you?

If you stop playing

with your chips.

I hate winners

playing with their chips.

It's my house, Vinnie.

You want to play with your chips,

go ahead, darling.

I'm in for a quarter.

Won't you look

at your cards first?

What for?

I'm going to bluff anyway.

Who gets the Pepsi?

I get a Pepsi.

Murray the policeman

gets a warm Pepsi.

Still didn't fix the refrigerator?

It's been two weeks.

No wonder it stinks.

Temper, temper.

If I wanted nagging,

I'd go back with my wife.

I'm out. Who wants food?

What do you got?

I got brown sandwiches

and green sandwiches.

Which one do you want?

What's the green?

It's either very new cheese

or very old meat.

I'll take the brown.

You're not going to

eat that, are you?

I'm hungry.

His refrigerator's

been out of order for two weeks.

I saw milk

standing in there

that wasn't in a bottle.

What are you, a health nut?

Eat, Murray.

I got six cards.

It figures.

I got three aces.


You know who makes

good sandwiches? Felix.

Ever taste his cream cheese

and pimento on date nut bread?

Make up your mind...

poker or recipes.

Aah! Oscar, you got beer

all over my glasses!

You got it on the chips.

You got it all over me now!

Are we going to stand here

or play some poker?


You got it on the suits.

Don't put it

in the middle of the table.

Put it on the side.

Wipe the cards.

Get the beer.

All right, right there.

How can you play like this?

Wipe the beer off.

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Neil Simon

Marvin Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927) credited as Neil Simon, is an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression, with his parents' financial hardships affecting their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters where he enjoyed watching the early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, and after graduating from high school, he began writing comedy scripts for radio and some popular early television shows. Among them were Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows from 1950 (where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Selma Diamond), and The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959. He began writing his own plays beginning with Come Blow Your Horn (1961), which took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965), for which he won a Tony Award. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway." During the 1960s to 1980s, he wrote both original screenplays and stage plays, with some films actually based on his plays. His style ranged from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he has garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three. During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor. more…

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