The Odd Couple
is a 1968 comedy film written by Neil Simon
, based on his play of the same name
, directed by Gene Saks
, and starring Jack Lemmon
and Walter Matthau
. It is the story of two divorced men – Felix Ungar, the neurotic neatfreak, and Oscar Madison, the fun-loving slob – who decide to live together, even though their personalities clash.
Felix Ungar (Jack Lemmon
) checks into a fleabag hotel room near Times Square
and attempts to kill himself by jumping out the window, but he can't get the window open and ends up pulling a muscle in his back. Limping back on the street he tries to get drunk at a dance bar and ends up hurting his neck when he throws down a shot. Finally, he stands on a bridge, contemplating jumping into the river.
Meanwhile, in the pig-sty Upper West Side apartment of divorced sportswriter Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau
) on a hot and sticky evening, Oscar and his buddies Speed (Larry Haines
), Roy (David Sheiner
), Vinnie (John Fiedler
), and Murray the cop (Herb Edelman
) are playing poker and discussing their friend, Felix Ungar, who is unusually late to the game. Murray's wife calls and tells him that Felix is missing. Oscar then calls Felix's wife who says she and Felix have split up. As they are discussing what to do, and worried that Felix might try to commit suicide, Felix arrives not knowing that his friends already know that his wife has kicked him out of the house.
Felix eventually breaks down crying and... Read More