|Directed by||Jack Lemmon|
|Produced by||Richard Carter|
|Written by||John Paxton
Katherine Topkins (novel)
|Music by||Marvin Hamlisch|
|Cinematography||Richard H. Kline|
|Edited by||Ralph E. Winters|
|Distributed by||Cinerama Releasing Corporation (1971, theatrical)
MGM (2004, DVD)
|Box office||$5,000,000 (rentals)|
Kotch is a 1971 American comedy-drama film directed by Jack Lemmon, which stars Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr, Charles Aidman and Ellen Geer. Adapted by John Paxton from the novel of the same name by Katherine Topkins, the film tells the story of an elderly man who runs away so as not to be put into a nursing home, and strikes up a friendship with a pregnant teenage girl. It was Lemmon's only film behind the camera and partnered him with friend and frequent costar Matthau.
Portions of the film were shot and set in Palm Springs, California.
- Walter Matthau as Joseph P. Kotcher
- Deborah Winters as Erica Herzenstiel
- Felicia Farr as Wilma Kotcher
- Charles Aidman as Gerald Kotcher
- Ellen Geer as Vera Kotcher
- Donald Kowalski as Duncan Kotcher
- Dean Kowalski as Duncan Kotcher
- Arlen Stuart as Mrs. Fisher
- Jane Connell as Miss Roberts
- James E. Brodhead as Mr. Weaver
- Jessica Rains as Dr. McKernan
- Darrell Larson as Vincent Perrin
- Biff Elliot as Motel Manager
- Paul Picerni as Dr. Ramon Caudillo
- Lucy Saroyan as Sissy
- Kim Hamilton as Emma Daly
- Larry Linville as Peter Stiel
The film earned rentals of $3.6 million in North America and $1.4 million in other countries. It recorded an overall profit of $330,000.
The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Walter Matthau), Best Film Editing (Ralph E. Winters), Best Music, Song (for Marvin Hamlisch and Johnny Mercer for "Life Is What You Make It") and Best Sound (Richard Portman, Jack Solomon).
Kotch was released in a Region 1 DVD by Fox Video on July 6, 2004.
- "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, 31 May 1973, pg 3.
- "The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-28.