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Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

Jack Lemmon , Romy Schneider , David Swift  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Dorothy Provine, Mike Connors, Edward Andrews
  • Directors: David Swift
  • Writers: David Swift, Everett Greenbaum, Jack Finney, James Fritzell
  • Producers: David Swift, Marvin Miller
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZXNC9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Good Neighbor Sam" on IMDb

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Eminently versatile, two-time Oscar® winner Jack Lemmon (1973, Best Actor, Save the Tiger; 1955, Best Supporting Actor, Mister Roberts) was an actor’s actor – the sort who made it look easy as he lit up the screen in everything from powerful dramas to irresistible comedies. In this delightfully daffy comedy romp, Jack plays a very married ad man who poses as the husband of a sexy single girl to help her land a big inheritance.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny old Lemmon Classic January 10, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
This movie should be on DVD. Anyone that enjoys Jack Lemmon in comedy will thoroughly love this one. Fans of Doris Day and Rock Hudson comedies should enjoy it too. For that matter anyone that enjoys any of the comedies from the 1940s to 1970s will probably like it. This is one of Lemmon's best comedies. Be sure and catch this on TV since you can't find it at rental stores any longer and they unfortunately have not shown the wisdom to put it on DVD yet.

The plot is that Lemmon, who is married, has a married neighbor that needs him to pretend to be her husband to get an estate settlement. When her real husband comes home things get screwy as jealousy and trying to cover each others stories leads to some wacky chase scenes and painting billboards all over town. A good cast, decent writing, funny action, and good look at 1960s style comedy, make this fun to watch.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny! August 11, 2007
I am a HUGE Jack Lemmon fan and this has to be in my humble opinion, for what it's worth, one of Jack's funniest movies. I originally saw it on TV while growing up during the 60's. If memory serves me correctly, I believe Lemmon regretted making this movie and considered it one of his worst. That said... I happen to think it is hilarious, filled with a great cast and memorable scenes of the old Hertz commercials showing bloopers of the ads being filmed of the Hertz man being lowered through the air into a moving car, continually tripping over something whether it be the seat, windshield, or whatever as he is lowered into the car.

Jack Lemmon plays Sam Bissell who is married to Min (Dorothy Provine). He is an employee who works at the bottom entry level of a major Advertising Agency when suddenly he is chosen as an unknown and fresh candidate to be the Account Executive by the head of the Agency's powerful client, "Nurdlinger Dairy" to be their model of what they stand for: wholesome and family-oriented.

Min's beautiful European friend Janet (Romy Schneider) suddenly shows up on Sam & Min's doorstep after separating - and I think, technically divorced - from her husband (played by Mike Connors - formerly "Mannix"). Janet moves into the house next door then learns that her grandfather has died and left her an inheritance of $15 million IF she meets the qualifications of being happily married. Enter Janet's relatives who want in on the inheritance and contest the Will unexpectedly show up at Janet's. The $15 million proves too irresistible to Janet so during the introduction between her relatives, Sam & Min she impulsively introduces Sam as her husband.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmon stars as an average man in an unusual mess! January 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Jack Lemmon stars as Sam Bissel, junk sculptor extraordinaire. Sam works in the art department of an ad agency. He feels that he is not getting anywhere in the advertising business. Just as he is about to ask the boss for a raise, he is summoned to his boss' office and promoted to an account executive. Meanwhile, the best friend of Sam's wife moves in next door awaiting her inheritance. She has just gotten a divorce that is not yet final, but in order to qualify for her uncle's inheritance, she must be married. So Sam gets elected to play her husband. Her relatives think he is her husband (Mr. Ebbets) and his boss and his client think she is his wife (Mrs. Bissel). What a mess! Meanwhile, Sam's real wife get's left out of the business dinner with the client and Sam's "other wife's" real husband shows up. It's great fun to watch. You almost need a score card. Even the mail man didn't know who to give the mail to when he saw the men leaving for work! All of you Jack Lemmon fans will enjoy "Good Neighbor Sam."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Funny and Cute Movie Should Be On DVD! October 8, 2005
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Format:VHS Tape
I like Jack Lemmon and of the movies of his that I have seen Good Neighbor Sam is my favorte and I'm very disappointed that this movie hasn't been put on DVD yet. Please put out a widescreen DVD for this very funny and cute movie!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great 60's screwball comedy! January 12, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
This Jack Lemon comedy is sheer delight from beginning to end. There are no movies being made like this today! However, it seems to me that every sit-com in history copied some aspect of Good Neighbor Sam. So, why is there no DVD?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Ranks with the best of the 60's June 6, 2004
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Oh man, watching Louie Nye hanging out the door of that T-Bird and screaming like an 8 year old girl was the funniest thing I've seen in a while.
Jack Lemmon plays his usual obsequious nobody that is thrust into situation after twisted situation impacting everything in his world until he finally goes POW with the "fulminator mercury." Along with the beautiful Dorothy Provine and Romy Schneider all chasing a $15M inheritance while dodging snoopy relatives, detectives, billboards, boxsprings, and pacifying bosses, clients, and ex-husbands. Just hysterical. 5 Ducks
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Neighbor Sam October 16, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite movies from the 60's.
After years of searching for it on DVD, I was excited to finally find it.

It arrived promptly in the mail, but when I tried to watch it, I found out that it was not what I expected.
Although the DVD and case were clearly labled as "Good Neighbor Sam", the disc actually contained an old Jack Lemmon film called "Mad Ball".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Let the fun begin
All star cast manages to swap wives.
Published 1 month ago by Classic Collecter
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
My husband and I saw this movie at the theater 50 years ago on our honeymoon and thought it was so funny. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Doris Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silly Sixties
There was a style of filmmaking in the sixties that has sadly disappeared - the family friendly comedy. It's not child mild Disney fare, just clean enjoyable entertainment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
My husband wanted this movie for Christmas, so I found it and had it for him. We enjoyed "movie night" and enjoyed a cute
Published 7 months ago by Patrissa Getz
5.0 out of 5 stars good neighbor sam
My friend & I really love this movie. When we watch it we laugh its so great. It s a great movie to have in your collection.
Published 8 months ago by PHYLLIS
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Movie!!
The movie that is actually on the DVD is Operation Oddball which was a funny movie; however it's not Good Neighbor Sam which is what I ordered and is what's on the cover. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kimberly collins
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong DVD
Good Neighbor Sam was not the dvd in the case, this is the second time this has happened. What should I do?
Published 13 months ago by Chris Chrisman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie-- Correct Packaging!
I saw this movie awhile ago but lost track of the title and was able to figure it out through a Google search. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Eran
5.0 out of 5 stars Godd Neighbor Sam
As with this film, if you like movies made in this time frame, you can go wrong. It is enjoyable to watch clean movies that did not involve using God's name in vain. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hal
1.0 out of 5 stars love this if i could just get it in dvd
The movie Good Neighbor Sam is hysterically funny!! I was looking to upgrade from the VHS format to dvd. Read more
Published 14 months ago by KM in EG
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