- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 30, 2004
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Mono - English
- Mono - French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1975 -
Best Supporting Actor: George Burns
Neil Simon's comedy is filled with sparkling dialogue, featuring the comic genius of Walter Matthau and George Burns. When ABC decides to do a special on the history of comedy, they call on the famous vaudeville team of Lewis & Clark. However, the two aging comedy stars haven't spoken in years and must be persuaded to work together. Clark (Matthau) is a diehard New Yorker who lives and breathes show business. The stubborn and slovenly actor still auditions for work with the help of his persistent nephew turned agent, Ben (Richard Benjamin). Lewis (Burns) walked out on the team's final show to retire and move to New Jersey with his wife and kids, much to the chagrin of his show-loving partner. The two eccentric characters are complete opposites who worked together as a comic powerhouse in the past, known in their heyday as the Sunshine Boys. Ben attempts to do everything in his power to get the cantankerous team to put on one last show. Reminiscent of THE ODD COUPLE, THE SUNSHINE BOYS is a film to treasure. Matthau and Burns are a joy to watch, and all the emotional ups and down, the laughter and the tears, are impeccably captured by director Herb Ross.
Walter Matthau and George Burns star in this outstanding Neil Simon comedy about a long-since-broken-up vaudeville comedy team named Lewis & Clark who are persuaded to reteam for a television special. However, these two cantankerous curmudgeons can't stand each other anymore, and their mutual crankiness produces both hilarious and heartwarming moments.
- Jack Benny was originally cast to play Lewis, but poor health forced him to back out of the project.
- The film was remade for television in 1995, starring Woody Allen and Peter Falk.
- "Why is it, I only get aggravated when I come here to meet you' Clark: "If you want, I'll meet you someplace else."--Ben (Richard Benjamin) to Clark (Walter Matthau)
- "The old actors home: the first booking you got me in 10 years."--Clark to Ben