Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft my two favorite actors are superb. Murray Abraham as a taxi driver. Rating: The Prisoner of Second Avenue was not one of Simon's best plays, nor was the film adaptation one of his better screenplays. Final Thoughts: This is an amusing film even though parts of it fell flat for me. But when Mel is fired from his job, and a few days later his apartment is robbed, things go beyond complaining. Love heals all wounds this was a story of love!!! Feeling em asculated, he begins to fall into a depression. There was only a slight amount of grain in some of the darker scenes.
He has undergone a mental trauma and been hurt by it, and I just couldn't laugh at that. The film has lots of one-liners and plenty of pathos. The story of Mel and Edna and , a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Manhattan high rise apartment building. Soon he'll lose his wardrobe, temper, self-respect and maybe his mind. Done in 1975 with Anne Bancroft, it is a mixture of drama and comedy about an executive who is suddenly unemployed and the trauma causes him to have a nervous breakdown. This comic movie is filled with that Neil Simon banter that is both funny and accurate.
When he loses his job, Lemmon must suffer the humiliation of having a breadwinning. He has to chase his bus, and when he catches up with it he doesn't have the correct change. He is mugged, his house is broken into and a number of other little things that all add up to one big revelation at the end! As she exits the elevator, two guys with heavy loads are entering and she holds the elevator door for them, not knowing that she was helping burglars coming from her apt. This is not a very funny subject, and the picture wavers between comedy and drama. Bringing you all the best reviews of high definition entertainment. So, I thank God for the medicine I received yesterday through this story for a time such as this in our lives.
In order for something to be funny, at least to me, on one has to get hurt in a serious manner. There were a few digital artifacts, mostly noticeable when Jack Lemon is chasing a man through the park. And I have always admired Bancroft; she's a great actress. Soon, after a logical progression, he would be screaming and pounding on the wall. If you give up that right then you cease to exist. Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft are wonderful in this comedy. Simon has a wonderful way of turning a phrase, of making a line both memorable and funny, and this movie is filled with them.
No one could have done it better!! The Prisoner of Second Avenue was not one of Simon's best plays, nor was the film adaptation one of his better screenplays. There's the smell of the garbage rotting in the heat, the paper-thin walls, and the horrible plumbing. Slowly calm and quite Edna starts to complain, and turns into her husband. Radio Announcer: The gay libbers in a prepared statement said they did not expect to win, since their team is young and have only been playing with each other since December. There are 3 especially memorable scenes: 1 When the wife Anne Bancroft comes home with groceries.
Living in the Big Apple, Mel finds plenty of things to complain about. Even though I could hardly breath this story had me laughing out of control and I know the bible says, laughter is like medicine. In urban life's grueling guerrilla war, Mel just became The Prisoner of Second Avenue. In urban life's grueling guerrilla war, Mel just became The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Plot Synopsis: Forty-eight-year-old Manhattanite Mel Edison just lost his job. I too stood on the unemployment line just like Mel. When Buster Keaton does a pratfall, he lands on his head, spins around and then gets up with a quizzical look on his face.
The town is baking in the heat, and things are going badly for Mel Edison Jack Lemmon. Soon he'll lose his wardrobe, temper, self-respect and maybe his mind. I think Jack is one of the two great actors I've seen develop in my years in the business; the other is Brando. It's summer in New York City. Neurotic middle-aged New Yorker Mel Edison Jack Lemmon is fired from his advertising job, forcing his loving wife, Edna Anne Bancroft , to become the couple's sole breadwinner.
Keep a sharp eye out for alleged pickpocket Sylvester Stallone and cabbie F. This isn't a major complaint, and it didn't ruin the movie for me, I just didn't laugh. Tonight Jack and Anne were simply perfect. They show some outtakes and goofs from the movie at the end of the segment, which are definitely worth waiting for. I think we have all felt like we have been there one time or another.
The message of the movie, as the opening quote suggests, was that everyone has a right to complain. The dynamic range was not very wide, but it doesn't affect the feeling of the movie. When Mel is sedated, he doesn't complain, but he doesn't do much of anything else either, effectively ceasing to 'exist. This movie had a great cast. It sounds about as good as could be expected.
Other than that, it was a decent transfer. It is definitely comedy toward the dark side, and the mechanisms of life have changed, but the human element is stronger than the 1970's decor and you feel like you know these people. Stressed out, and robbed, Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft really pull this off, from their doorman building on 2nd Avenue. There is also a trailer for the film. Or even more humorous, insisting that his wife pound on the wall.