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Walter Matthau
Director: Jack Lemmon Cast: Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
, Deborah Winters
Deborah Winters
, Felicia Farr
Felicia Farr
Jack Lemmon

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For his only directorial effort, Jack Lemmon selected his old friend and habitual co-star Walter Matthau to play the central character. Joseph P. "Kotch" Kotcher (Walter Matthau) is an irksome 72-year-old who lives with his son (Charles Aidman) and daughter-in-law (played by Lemmon's wife Felicia Farr). Kotch is far from senile, but there are times that his family wishes he was a little more docile and doddering; he insists upon expressing his unwarranted opinions on all matters, both large and small, forever challenging his daughter-in-law's authority. When it is suggested that Kotch find himself a nice retirement home, the rebellious old man decides instead to take a long bus ride, hoping that his family will have cooled off by the time he returns. Before leaving, he tries to make amends with the family's former baby-sitter Erica (Deborah Winters), whose dismissal he has brought about. Upon learning that Erica is pregnant, Kotch loans her some money; and when she moves away to Palm Springs, he moves in with her, hoping to be of some help. As they get to know one another, Kotch and Erica discover that they're very much alike: both have been cast aside by their relatives due to their independent airs. Kotch was adapted by John Paxton from a novel by Katharine Topkins. Watch for director Jack Lemmon in a bit as a bus passenger.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2019
UPC: 0738329231019
Original Release: 1971
Rating: PG
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 35,643

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historians Lee Gambin and Emma Westwood; Promotional trailer with star Walter Matthau and director Jack Lemmon

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Matthau Joseph P. Kotcher
Deborah Winters Erica Herzenstiel
Felicia Farr Wilma Kotcher
Charles Aidman Gerald Kotcher
Ellen Geer Vera Kotcher
Darrell Larson Vincent Perrin
Dee Carroll Dorothy Ballinger
Donald and Dean Kowalski Duncan Ketcher
Jack Lemmon Stranger on Bus
Arlen Stuart Mrs. Fisher
Jane Connell Miss Roberts
Jessica Rains Dr. McKernan
Biff Elliot Motel Manager
Paul Picerni Dr. Guadillo
Lucy Saroyan Sissy
Kim Hamilton Receptionist
Tamar Cooper Nurse
Amzie Strickland Film Narrator
Larry Linville Peter
Penny Santon Mrs. Segura
James Brodhead Weaver
Paul Fierro Fabio
Ralph Roberts Blue Scarecrow

Technical Credits
Jack Lemmon Director
John A. Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean Austin Makeup
Rick Carter Producer
Jack Erickson Special Effects
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
John Paxton Screenwriter
John S. Poplin Art Director
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Ray Makeup
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Winters Editor

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