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The Front Page (1974)

Jack Lemmon , Walter Matthau , Billy Wilder  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia, Carol Burnett
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007QJ1Y8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Front Page" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Ruthless newspaper editor Walter Burns (Walter Matthau) and his crack ace reporter Hildy (Jack Lemmon) believe together they can cover any story. The only problem is their team is being broken up as Hildy has decided to get married and leave the newspaper business altogether. As Hildy grooms his replacement, his retirement is derailed when the story of the century breaks. As all of Chicago is in hot pursuit, Hildy's instincts tell him something is rotten. Carol Burnett and Susan Sarandon co-star in this hilarious nonstop comedy.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lemmon and Mathau are comic gold!! June 16, 2001
Format:DVD
"The Front Page" is a must-see for any fans of Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau! I bought the movie before I ever even saw it and I loved it! These two are as funny as ever in this comedy about two reporters who are on top of the hottest story in town. This is a great film to watch, although Carol Burnett's character was a down side to it, but you hardly even notice it with the rest of the fine cast. The DVD offers an overall good presentation of the film in standard (unfortunately not widescreen)format. Bottom line- it's worth buying, even if you've never seen it! Especially with the great price!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now in Widescreen July 5, 2005
Format:DVD
Kudos to Universal for reissuing "The Front Page" in wide screen (and enhanced for 16x9 televisions). The first DVD version, released in 2001, was in full screen. "The Front Page" may not be the best version of this story ("His Girl Friday") but it isn't the worst either ("Switching Channels"). And any film directed by Billy Wilder and featuring the team of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau is worth a look.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment! March 9, 2005
Format:DVD
In my opinion the best of the Lemmon/Matthau movies. It's everything a screwball-comedy should be: fast, funny, cynical. The cast is perfect and Wilder's direction brilliant. I liked "His Girl Friday" but "The Front Page" is even better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
In terms of depicting life in a newspaper office and the part-sleazy, part-unscrupulous and (maybe) part-honorable behavior of journalists, this film is as good as you will ever get. Tetchy, growling, circulation-obsessed Walter Matthau is exactly what most newspaper editors think they should be like, while Jack Lemmon, keen to get married but ultimately more interested in a good scoop, represents everything that non-journalist women have never been able to understand about journalist men. There are moments when the movie descends into farce - as in the scenes involving the Viennese psychiatrist - and it is true that Carol Burnett's hooker is the one character part that doesn't quite work. But the script is sizzling, and the one-liners rarely falter. One of Billy Wilder's best.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Lemmon and Walther Matthau At Best March 15, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
A very funny movie, if you like to laugh buy this one it is one of the best comedies you'll ever see.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is the remake of a remake. The original "Front Page" (1931) was a great movie. It was remade in 1940 as "His Girl Friday." This 1974 remake is not quite as good as the original or the first remake, but is 10 times better than the 1988 remake ("Switching Channels"). The main problem with this movie is that the attempt at "adding jokes" distracts away from humorous situations. Carol Burnett's performance as the killer's girlfriend is absolutely horrible. All that aside, it is still an entertaining story, but stick to the original or the 1940's remake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outrageous comedy of the newspaper biz that was August 28, 2013
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When there is a movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur and directed by Billy Wilder, well, my friend, you're in for out and out fun. Bring your laughter with you for this outrageous comedy of the newspaper biz that is set during the Roaring 20s Prohibition Era in Chicago. The 1974 movie also features Susan Sarandon in her first movie role, and Carol Burnett as the hilarious "lady of the night," Molly Malone. Allen Garfield is the hapless Earl, at the centre of the movie action and Vincent Gardenia as the none too bright sheriff. David Wayne is also featured as the effete reporter who is so fastidious as to have his own desk brought into the reporters' room in the courthouse - and his own toilet paper.

For all reporters and editors of modern times, this is a nostalgic look at the days when newspapers were powerful forms - if not the only forms - of getting the news to the public.

Walter Matthau as Walter Burns is editor of the most prominent newspaper in Chicago. Jack Lemmon as Hildy (short for Hildegarde) is his ace reporter who can write anything at anytime under any conditions.

The plot revolves around Hildy, who wants to leave to get married and doesn't want to report on the most important story of the day, the hanging of Earl, who allegedly belongs to some weird group or other, and his supposedly shooting of a policeman. It is an election year, and the mayor and the sheriff are making the most of the publicity. The reporters are gathered in a large room in city hall. Noises from the construction of a scaffold from whicch to hang Earl can be heard out in the courtyard of the jail across the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Odd Couple Redux July 3, 2014
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Walter Matheau and Jack Lemmon chemistry at its best. Is there anything that need be said? You're in for a treat as Matheau executes one unscrupulous, zany scheme after another to have Lemmon report an execution rather than leave to getvmsrried.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Thanks.
Published 22 days ago by Leslie Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars "...May The Wind At Your Back Never Be Your Own..." - The Front Page...
It's 6 June 1929 - and Walter Burns is pouring Bromide from one glass into another. Nice guy Editor of the not-so-quality broadsheet The Chicago Examiner - Walter's stomach isn't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Barry
2.0 out of 5 stars Not their Best
Not their best movie (like Grumpy Old Men or Odd Couple) but just okay but not worth the money that I paid (gave it two stars). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pardon and Freed
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
These two actors were a gem when performing together. This is one of the best comedies made, from a stage play originally.
Published 4 months ago by Vincent Bruno
4.0 out of 5 stars The Front Page
Great performances is this retelling of a classic newsroom story. It has humor and pathos in equal measure. It shows how news can be slanted
Published 4 months ago by Lois
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Disaster
As with the other two CDs ordered the one sent cannot be played on a UK CD player. this is ridiculous
Published 5 months ago by Christopher Hayman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Duo That Never Misses
I saw this movie as a teenager and distinctly remembered it. It was just as good this time. It is a remake of an old black and white movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cecilia fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic must have!
This should be on the national registry, great script fronted by a great cast! Great add for any classic libraries.
Published 7 months ago by Warren 3.
5.0 out of 5 stars bought it for coworker
i bought this for a co-worker. she wanted it and so i got it for her on here and she gave me the money. sorry, crappy review, but i had to write something. Read more
Published 9 months ago by T. Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarously funny! A must see!
This has to be their funniest skit! Walter Matthau owner of a news paper, and Jack Lemmon out to retire from being a reporter. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Geeebers
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