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The Prisoner of Second Avenue
The Prisoner of Second Avenue
Actors: Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, Gene Saks, Elizabeth Wilson, Florence Stanley
Director: Melvin Frank
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
PG     2004     1hr 38min

Mel Edison, a soon-to-be-unemployed advertising executive, is driven to the brink of a nervous breakdown by New York City living. In an attempt to escape from a garbage strike, nosy neighbors and an unreliable air conditio...  more »


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Actors: Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, Gene Saks, Elizabeth Wilson, Florence Stanley
Director: Melvin Frank
Creators: Philip H. Lathrop, Melvin Frank, Bob Wyman, Neil Simon
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Jack Lemmon
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/30/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Quintessential Neil Simon comedy
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My favorite team strikes again in this wonderful adaptation of the stage play, that team being Neil Simon and Jack Lemmon. First there was "The Odd Couple", then "The Out-of-Towners", both classics in my opinion. But "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" may be the finest of the three because it allows its players to flex every bit of acting muscle they've got. Lemmon displays a broad range of emotions--convincingly--and has the viewer alternately laughing and crying as the movie progresses. Anne Bancroft is good as his steady, patient wife Edna, who remains true to Mel as he battles his crises. This is a must see, and unless you purchase the video, you'll probably encounter difficulty finding it at the local video store."
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 08/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yet another Simon and Lemmon partnership that still holds up well today! Lemmon and Bancroft are teriffic in this very funny film. In the same vein as 'The Out-Of-Towners, but I think this film is a bit better. This DVD has a nice transfer and some interesting extras."
One of the best comedies ever.
B. J. Drwenski | Great Falls, Montana United States | 07/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have watched this movie at least 25 times and it is still laugh out loud enjoyable as well emotionally touching.The comedic timing between Anne Bancroft and Jack Lemmon is unsurpassed by any other actors.You won't be disappointed watching this."
Where Does the Time Go????
Vince Iuliano | USA | 07/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For some reason, probably because I watched this again shortly after Anne Bancroft passed away, and of course watching the always terrific Jack Lemmon at the top of his game (at my current age!) playing yet another of those wonderful angst driven characters using words created by Neil Simon, for that reason perhaps I was struck by our mortality. This film was made just a few short years ago, and yet all the actors are gone,and they left looking 'old'. My God, where does the time go?
This is not the funniest film you'll see, some of it is sad and human, but it has moments of comic brilliance. Its eminently watchable thanks to the two main actors and their great talent; its sad, its wistful, its a slice of New York that we will never see again, and I plan on watching it again soon.
I'm glad its in my collection although it left me with a bit of a lump in my throat. They were just so good, these comic talents, and it was just a few moments ago, wasn't it?"