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Kotch (1971)

Wanting to avoid settling in a nursing home, Joseph Kotcher, a retired salesman, is obliged to leave his son's family. He embarks on a road trip during which he strikes up a friendship with... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Lemmon

Writers:

John Paxton (screenplay), Katharine Topkins (novel)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Joseph P. Kotcher
Deborah Winters ... Erica Herzenstiel
Felicia Farr ... Wilma Kotcher
Charles Aidman ... Gerald Kotcher
Ellen Geer ... Vera Kotcher
Donald Kowalski Donald Kowalski ... Duncan Kotcher
Dean Kowalski Dean Kowalski ... Duncan Kotcher
Arlen Stuart Arlen Stuart ... Mrs. Fisher
Jane Connell Jane Connell ... Miss Roberts
James Brodhead James Brodhead ... Mr. Weaver (as James E. Brodhead)
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Dr. McKernan
Darrell Larson ... Vincent Perrin
Biff Elliot ... Motel Manager
Paul Picerni ... Dr. Caudillo
Lucy Saroyan Lucy Saroyan ... Sissy
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Storyline

Wanting to avoid settling in a nursing home, Joseph Kotcher, a retired salesman, is obliged to leave his son's family. He embarks on a road trip during which he strikes up a friendship with a pregnant teenager and begins to understand the true meaning of life as he helps the girl give birth to her child. Written by Anonymous

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Walter Matthau in the role only he could make so excitingly different...you'll start talking about it from the opening scene. Jack Lemmon directs. He takes his talent 'behind' the camera for the first time to add a new, fresh dimension to his brilliant career.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ainda Há Fogo Sob as Cinzas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Lemmon: Uncredited as a sleeping bus passenger. Known for his acting though, Lemmon, apart from this cameo, does not star in this movie; he directs it. See more »

Goofs

Kotch collects old bowling pins to throw into his fireplace to keep warm. In reality, the thick plastic coatings would create smoke and noxious fumes. See more »

Quotes

[Kotch is being given a psychological exam by an obnoxious psychiatrist]
Dr. McKernan: Do you like "Alice In Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll?
Joseph P. Kotcher: I wouldn't like it by anyone else.
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Connections

Referenced in The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Life Is What You Make It
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
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Kotch is Top Notch ****
25 October 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

What a wonderful movie. For a change,Walter Matthau plays a sympathetic rather than a cantankerous character. He is just wonderful here in his Oscar nominated performance.

What makes the movie so good is that it doesn't really stress the attempt of his son and daughter-in-law to put him in a home and then show the misery of homes. Rather,it deals with the coming of life anew for Matthau when he takes a profound interest in the very pregnant babysitter for his grandson. What an interesting idea and it is so well developed.

Deborah Winters gives a fantastic supporting performance as the pregnant girl,orphaned, raised by an uncaring brother who finds meaning in her life when she aided by Kotch.

There is a totally winning song dealing with what you do with your life.

This film was definitely an under-rated gem. Too bad.


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