The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1972.  Palomar Pictures.  Story by Bruce Jay Friedman, Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Edgar J. Scherick.  Music by Garry Sherman.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by John Carter.  Academy Awards 1972.  Golden Globe Awards 1972.  New York Film Critics Awards 1972.   Without a doubt one of…

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Only When I Laugh (1981)

GLENN JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 1981.  Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play The Gingerbread Lady.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Roger M. Rothstein, Neil Simon.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by John Wright.  Academy Awards 1981.  Golden Globe Awards 1981.  Toronto International Film Festival 1981….

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The Sunshine Boys (1975)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1975.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Irwin Fisch.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.  Academy Awards 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1975. Neil Simon’s hilarious Broadway play is adapted to the big screen…

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The Out-Of-Towners (1999)

SAM WEISMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  Cherry Alley Productions, Cort/Madden Productions, Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company, The Cort/Madden Company.  Screenplay by Marc Lawrence, based on the screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Robert W. Cort, Robert Evans, David Madden, Teri Schwartz.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by…

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The Odd Couple (1968)

GENE SAKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert B. Hauser.  Produced by Howard W. Koch.  Music by Neal Hefti.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Jack Bear.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards 1968. Neil Simon’s most popular…

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Barefoot In The Park (1967)

GENE SAKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1967.  Wallis-Hazen, Nancy Enterprises Inc..  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Neal Hefti.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon.  Academy Awards 1967.   Neil Simon’s hit play transfers to the screen…

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The Marrying Man (1991)

JERRY REES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1991.  Hollywood Pictures, Permut Presentations, Silver Screen Partners IV.  Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin. Produced by David Permut.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by William F. Matthews.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Michael Jablow, Michael R. Miller, Michael Tronick.  A 1940s playboy (Alec Baldwin) is all set to…

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The Cheap Detective

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder mysteries, and both are equally funny and worth watching. The first, Murder By Death, was a clever takeoff on classic mysteries of the Agatha Christie vein. The Cheap Detective takes on the genre of forties film noir as private eye Peter Falk…

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Chapter Two (1979)

ROBERT MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1979.  Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Vicki Sanchez.  Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson.  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.   Wonderful film based on a Neil Simon play is…

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Murder By Death

BBBB (out of 5) This film and The Cheap Detective make for a terrific pair of mystery spoofs, both filled with hilarious situations and spot-on imitations of the genres they are parodying. In this one, Agatha Christie’s style of murder mysteries are the target, with crazy old Truman Capote inviting a host of famous sleuths to…

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California Suite (1978)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures, Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Claude Bolling.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by Michael A. Stevenson.  Academy Awards 1978.  Golden Globe Awards 1978.  New York Film Critics Awards 1978.   A collection of Neil Simon…

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The Goodbye Girl (1977)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1977.  Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Dave Grusin. Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.  Academy Awards 1977.  Golden Globe Awards 1977. Marsha Mason plays a single mother who moves into a new…

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