The Sunshine Boys (1996 film)

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The Sunshine Boys
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Directed byJohn Erman
Produced byJohn Erman
Written byNeil Simon
Based onThe Sunshine Boys
by Neil Simon
StarringWoody Allen
Peter Falk
Sarah Jessica Parker
Music byIrwin Fisch
CinematographyTony Imi
Edited byJohn W. Wheeler (as Jack Wheeler)
Distributed byCBS
Release date
  • February 15, 1996 (1996-02-15) (Australia)
  • December 28, 1997 (1997-12-28) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Sunshine Boys is a 1996 American comedy film directed by John Erman and based on the play The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon about two legendary (and cranky) comics brought together for a reunion and revival of their famous act. The film stars Woody Allen and Peter Falk as the comedy duo alongside Sarah Jessica Parker.


Al Lewis (Woody Allen) and Willy Clark (Peter Falk) are two old comedians who were once a popular vaudeville comedy act known as "Lewis and Clark" and also called the Sunshine Boys. After 43 years together, they parted ways 11 years ago on unfriendly terms and have not spoken to each other since then. A reunion is planned for a major network special on the history of comedy.



In 1995, Simon adapted his play for a Hallmark Entertainment production.[1] His teleplay updated the setting and made the two comedians the product of the early days of television, the medium in which the playwright got his start. Unlike the film adaptation, although they are portrayed as cantankerous, their animosity was not as severe as Matthau's and Burns' characters' bad relationship.

Woody Allen was originally asked to direct the 1975 film adaptation, The Sunshine Boys, but he was more interested in playing the role of Lewis and declined the offer. Twenty years later he would be cast as Lewis in this television adaptation.[2]


  1. ^ " 'The Sunshine Boys' (1997)" The New York Times, accessed April 11, 2012
  2. ^ ""The Sunshine Boys" – 1995". Retrieved 2006-12-22.

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