The Out-of-Towners (1999 film)

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The Out-of-Towners
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sam Weisman
Produced by Robert Evans
Robert Cort
David Madden
Teri Schwartz
Written by Marc Lawrence
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography John Bailey
Edited by Kent Beyda
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • April 2, 1999 (1999-04-02)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million
Box office $28 million (US)

The Out-of-Towners is a 1999 American comedy film starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. It is a remake of the 1970 film of the same name written by Neil Simon and starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.


Henry (Martin) and Nancy Clark (Hawn) are a couple living in a quiet Ohio town. Married for 27 years, their last child has left home and Nancy is suffering from empty nest syndrome. Unbeknownst to her, Henry has lost his job due to corporate downsizing and has an interview in New York. Nancy sneaks on the plane with him and they begin a disastrous series of misadventures. Their plane is rerouted to Boston, their luggage is lost, they are mugged at gunpoint and their daughter has used their credit card to the point where it has reached its limit. They are thrown out of their hotel by a pompous manager named Mersault (John Cleese) who also indulges in cross dressing. Forced to live by their wits on the street, the couple find themselves caught up in a robbery, chased by the police through Central Park and also finding renewed love between them. In the end, Henry aces his job interview and the two begin a new life together in "The Big Apple". Henry and Nancy (as well as Mersault openly in full-drag) go to see their daughter at her big Broadway debut. They are all one big happy family.



The movie was a disappointment critically and commercially. It has a 23% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website,[1] with Roger Ebert commenting that the movie "was not a proud moment in the often-inspired careers of Martin and Hawn."[2] Most of the negative reviews point to Cleese as the only redeeming factor of the film.

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  1. ^ "The Out-Of-Towners Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  2. ^ "The Out-Of-Towners :: :: Reviews". 1999-04-02. Retrieved 2011-01-12.

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