The Odd Couple

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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. Simon based the story on the observations of Mel Brooks living with a friend after his first divorce.

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  • Howard W. Koch, formerly VP of production at Paramount and one of those responsible for buying The Odd Couple, was our producer. He gave Gene Saks, who was directing again, far more leeway than Hal Wallis had, by not rushing the production; yet we still came in well within budget. We used the apartment house where Howard had lived as a boy on West End Avenue as the building where Oscar and Felix shared an apartment.

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