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The Out-of-Towners (1970)

Jack Lemmon , Sandy Dennis , Arthur Hiller  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron, Anne Meara, Robert Nichols
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: Neil Simon
  • Producers: Paul Nathan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQ1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Out-of-Towners" on IMDb

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AN OHIO BUSINESSMAN AND HIS WIFE FLY TO NEW YORK AND HAVE NOTHING BUT TROUBLE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and funny warning to stay out of New York. August 21, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
What appears to be the plot for a lengthy kids cartoon comes to live action with all the desired results and then some. Lemmon and Dennis, both of whom are Oscar-winners, are genuinely perfect in the leads of the All-American family trying to make it in a big city, with one disastrous mishap topping another, from missing trains to losing luggage to broken teeth and even to broken high heels. It's a wonder Lemmon's character kept from spewing off an endless barrage of foul dirty cussing, something typical of the trashy comedy we see in the movies today. Dennis's portrayal of the ever-so supportive wife is outstanding, as she just takes what comes despite her own misery just to keep her husband happy. Nearly everything one can imagine to make a business trip turn to a total nightmarish cataclysim happens here, and shows just what can happen in the Big Apple, but with a hilarious rather than serious approach to it. "Never give up" seems to be Neil Simon's message here when trying to make it in the business world. Nevertheless this film is brilliantly produced, directed, superbly scripted, and giftedly edited. The two leads are irreplaceable, and stands alone as one of the best comedies of life as we know it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic American Comedy. January 19, 2004
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THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS was written by Neil Simon and remains one of his best works, even though Simon is mainly a playwrite. The movie starts off fairly slow and uneventful as George and Gwen Kellerman, from Twin Oaks, Ohio, are flying to New York where George has an interview (just mere formality) for a vice presidency. They are expecting to eat dinner at 8:30pm at the Four Seasons, but they never see the inside of that famous eating establishment. Instead, the plane circles for hours and ends up going to Boston because of fog. Once in Boston their luggage is lost, they miss the train to New York, and catch the train to New York. Once in the Big Apple, they find that the city is in the middle of transit and garbage collectors strikes. In the pouring rain they walk to their hotel only to find that their room wasn't held and has been given away. Later the couple are mugged, kidnapped, and George is mugged in his sleep. Having not eaten for several hours and with no money they chase a stray dog for a breakfast of a half-eaten box of Cracker Jacks. More chases follow and they are even kicked out of praying in a church because of a televised special. George eventually does make his morning meeting, but by then has learned some very important lessons about family and the simple life back home in Twin Oaks, Ohio.
Jack Lemmon is great in this movie, but I find it's Sandy Dennis who really steals the film. She plays Gwen perfectly, brilliantly foiling Lemmon's performance as the loud and boistorous George. The "O, my God" line, which signals a major worry by Gwen, keeps me laughing every time I hear it.
THE-OUT-OF-TOWNERS is a very witty comedy and one of Neil Simon's finest pieces of writing. It's a great movie to watch alone or with family and friends. It's relatively short (around 90 minutes), too, so even if you don't enjoy it, you won't have wasted much time.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George and Gwen go to the big bad city of New York January 9, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I met Sandy Dennis backstage at a play once and wanting to say something more than the usual remarks of admiration I told her that my father stayed up one night to watch "The Out-of-Towners," which was of some import because my father never stayed up to watch anything. She said her father liked that one too and I got an autograph in which she spelled by first name correctly.
This 1970 film, the original version of "The Out-of-Towners" for those who say the recent version that is part of Steve Martin's attempt to be in more remakes than any other living actor, is my favorite Neil Simon script, which is rather ironic when you consider that he is primarily a comic playwright. However this script takes the hapless couple of George (Jack Lemmon) and Gwen Kellerman (Dennis) from their home in Ohio to New York City, where he has a job interview. However, their plans for a nice dinner at the Four Seasons are dashed when the plan circles the airport for hours before being diverted to Boston. Instead of eating at one of the best restaurants in the world they end up with her eating peanut butter on white bread and him eating crackers and olives with no drinks. This actually ends up being the best thing that happens to George and Gwen the rest of that night, which involves a train ride to New York, no room at the inn, a garbage strike, a mugger, and being kidnapped while in the back of a police car. This is without even mentioning the lost eyelash, the broken heel, and the chipped tooth that resulted from a bad encounter with the prize in a box of Cracker Jacks.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Performances By Lemmon and Dennis! September 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A wild fast paced comedy by Neil Simon, shows him to be in top form! One of the few movies one can watch and just never get sick of. I've seen this movie dozens of times, and still think it's Simon's second best( I love "Lost In Yonkers")! Unforgettable acting by Lemmon and Dennis as George and Gwen Kellerman, who plan on suing the entire city of New York. At one point in the film Lemmon scream in the streets..."I have all our names and adresses! " One mishap after another, first their plane can't land, then their luggage is missing, next, their hotel doen't hold their room! And believe it or not, but this all actually happened to Simon in real life on a trip to Boston. If you like Neil Simon, or like fast paced comedy this Simon movie is perfect for you. Oscar caliber acting by Lemmon and Dennis, who only managed to get "Golden Globe" nominations. And unrightly over look Simon for an Oscar nomination. One of Simon's funniest!
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