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Kotch (1971)

Walter Matthau , Deborah Winters , Jack Lemmon  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr, Charles Aidman, Ellen Geer
  • Directors: Jack Lemmon
  • Writers: John Paxton, Katharine Topkins
  • Producers: Richard Carter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020X87K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kotch" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The legendary Jack Lemmon makes an outstanding directorial debut (Variety), with a script by John Paxton, in this winning comedy-drama (Leonard Maltin) that bridges the proverbial generation gap with laughter, irony and compassion. Walter Matthau delivers an OscarÂ(r)-nominated* performance in this heartwarming comedy about getting older and wiser! Joseph P. Kotcher (Matthau) is akindly, if occasionally exasperating, widower who has worn out his welcome with his son, daughter-in-law and grandson. Despite Kotch's many pearls of wisdom, he soon finds himself feeling useless andunwanted. But just when he seems destined for a retirement home, Kotch befriends a feisty, unwed, teenage mother-to-be and embarks on the unlikeliest of adventures! *1971: Actor

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last on DVD! May 21, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
A charming film with Matthau giving an oscar-nominated performance as a fifth-wheel grandfather living with his son (Charles Aidman), daughter-in-law (Felicia Farr, aka Mrs. Jack Lemmon), and their infant son, whom Grandpa adores. Lemmon directed his pal Matthau in this film, and look for Lemmon doing a brief cameo as a sleeping bus passenger. Into Kotch's life comes Erica, the babysitter, who is forced to drop out of high school due to an unintended pregnancy, and the two strike up an unorthodox relationship (no, it's not what you're thinking). There is a riotous scene where Kotch delivers the girl's baby in the ladies' room of a gas station, and some "awww" moments throughout the film. One quirk: watch for Kotch to speak German in an Italian restaurant, Spanish in a Swiss restaurant, and French in a Mexican restaurant. Give this one a chance and you'll be rewarded.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching December 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"Kotch" is a truely wonderful film, highlighted by Walter Mattheau's performance. It starts out as a typical comedic role, but Matthau slowly turns in a tour-de-force as the film goes on. Don't judge this movie prematurely. It is not your average "old man" film. See it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthau Rules!! December 19, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Walter Matthau rules in this sentimental film about an elderly man who refuses to be sent to a nursing home and befriends a runaway pregnant teenager.It's a must see!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kotch August 19, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A small budget film made large by the performances of Deborah Winters(Outstanding) and Walter Matthau. The first 20-30 minutes of the film is the set-up, so if your patient you will be rewarded. The story really takes off when Matthau finds new meaning in his life through Winter's(single mother) pregency. Two different generations find common ground. Must see!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kotch August 19, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
A small budget film made large by the performances of Deborah Winters(Outstanding) and Walter Matthau. The first 20-30 minutes of the film is the set-up, so if your patient you will be rewarded. The story really takes off when Matthau finds new meaning in his life through Winter's(single mother) pregency. Two different generations find common ground. Must see!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good--despite a somewhat messy plot April 26, 2009
Format:DVD
Kotch combines drama, suspense and comedy to make a good picture. The acting is very convincing; and the choreography shines along with the fine cinematography. The plot moves along rather well for the first half hour or so and then it unfortunately slows down with an unnecessary complication or two to the plot. On the other hand, the quality of the print is very good and there's plenty of excellent character development.

When the movie starts, we meet kindly old Joseph Kotchner (Walter Matthau) who loves to live his life revolving around his two or three year old grandson Duncan (played by alternately by Donald and Dean Kowalski). Kotchner means well; but he always seems to be getting on the fragile nerves of his daughter-in-law Wilma (Felicia Farr) and sometimes his son Gerald (Charles Aidman) agrees with Wilma that Kotchner is causing problems in the household. When Kotchner thinks nothing of patting a young child on the tushie to indicate that she should "get along" after he dries her off from the kiddie pool, the mothers overreact and cause quite a stink. It's clear that Kotchner just doesn't fit into his environment.

It's also not long before Wilma convinces Gerald to send Joseph to a supposedly fancy retirement "village;" but Joseph Kotchner will have none of that--especially when he must be tested for psychological problems! Joseph sneaks away and travels north by bus; and he enjoys a little adventure along his way. Meanwhile, the young babysitter Erica Herzenstiel (Deborah Winters), who started to care for Duncan when Wilma couldn't take Joseph any more, becomes pregnant and is banished from the Kotchner household by the ever so uptight Wilma.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comic and poignant tale about an unlikely 'couple' January 21, 2009
Format:DVD
"Kotch" marks Jack Lemmons' directorial debut and stars Walter Matthau as Joe Kotcher, an old but sprightly widower whose eccentricities drive both his son and daughter-in-law up the wall. When they decide to send him to a retirement home somewhere in California, Joe takes off, literally hopping on a bus and heading up to Seattle for a while before coming home. He misses his grandson, a cherubic baby, but realises he doesn't fit in with his son's family, and is unwanted. Joe eventually does find some purpose to his life when he befriends an unwed pregnant teenager, Erica [Deborah Winters] and the pair embark on some hilarious escapades, discovering friendship and companionship along the way.

There are many comic scenes in this movie - Matthau plays the eccentric Joe Kotcher admirably well, earning himself an Oscar nomination for his effort. Deborah Winters shines as the confused and lonely pregnant teen who finds an unlikely ally in Joe. Both are sort of social outcasts who form a genuine rapport with each other.

The funny scenes are balanced with moments of true poignancy, especially when Joe reminisces about his deceased wife and their lives together. This is a heartwarming story that is not merely about an old man but about finding hope and purpose in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars been years
Haven't seen in years. Enjoyable movie, superb job by Matthau. Bought it at bargain on amazon. If you are expecting an action flick, this isn't it, just a feel good movie.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy for one of my favorite movies
This movie has always been one of my favorites. There is a moral to this story that tells how the elderly become invisible and annoying to the younger generation when in truth the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stll Ticking
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely story about aging
Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon had a great working relationship for years. This film is the only one that Lemmon ever directed, but it stars Matthau as a lovable old grandpa who... Read more
Published 14 months ago by David H. Birley
5.0 out of 5 stars Kotch
Beautiful performance with Matthou acting and Lemmon directing. Trying to collect all of their movies. Wish they were still around !
Published 16 months ago by Liz Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars charming
This is probably the only Matthau movie I like. Considering how old the movie is, the depiction of seniors, as well as young unwed mothers, is quite contemporary and sensitive. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Matthau is still a good watch
When it came to evaluate the product, it was all the seller had promised -- BUT my sweet husband thought it was too much of a "chick flick" and quit watching after the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Geri H. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure, Joyful Pleasure.
Walther Matthau and Glenda Jackson give 'real meaning' to the word 'superb.' Watching both actors makes me resent the editors who 'dare' to cut any scenes that these two brilliant... Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by MAXWELL STRICKMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
There's not a lot I can add to the reviews here, but this film is a very worthwhile one, and one that you don't see anymore. Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET STORY
This is a very sweet story about an aging man, living with his son and daughter-in-law, who feels useless and in the way and leaves on a trip in which he finds a useful role. Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by Cary Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicle Little Movie
I had seen this movie years ago, and when I saw it for next to nothing on Amazon in DVD I went for it. Arrived five days later in a padded envelope in my mailbox. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by M. Payne
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