George Burns and Walter Matthau star in the classic comedy-drama "The Sunshine Boys," written by Neil Simon and directed by Herbert Ross. The movie is an adaptation of Neil Simon's successful Broadway play of the same name. It initially opened to large screen audiences in November 1975 and came out on DVD in March 2004.Continue Reading
"The Sunshine Boys" received four Academy Award nominations, of which Burns won the award for Best Supporting Actor. It also won four of five Golden Globe nominations and received one and two nominations respectively for the Writers Guild of America and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.
The plot of "The Sunshine Boys" revolves around two old comedians, Al Lewis and Willy Clark, played by George Burns and Walter Matthau respectively. A successful vaudeville act called Lewis and Clark helps them stay in the business for 43 years before Lewis' retirement plans and Clark's insistence to continue their performances break them up and send them into a state of mutual discord. They spend 11 long years on unpleasant terms before coming together again for a television special. The movie follows their comic struggle to control their angry outbursts at each other during their grudging rehearsals.Learn more about Art & Literature