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Kotch Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Phil Udell

Kotch is a gentle comedy that reunites Walter Matthau with Jack Lemmon (this time behind the camera) in a wry look at the alienation of the elderly. Matthau's character of the title is a retired man who lives with his son and increasingly stressed daughter-in-law, as well as the grandson he dotes on. Finding himself pushed more and more into the sidelines, Kotch sets off on a journey that brings him into contact with pregnant teenager Erica (Deborah Winters), a relationship that re-introduces purpose into his life. Matthau is perfect as the eccentric Kotch, stealing every scene with his rambling monologues, although Winters brings out the caring, paternal side perfectly. It is a little schmaltzy in parts (the opening credits are particularly off putting), but Koch is ultimately an effective work that makes you wonder just why Lemmon never took the director's chair again.

Academy Awards

Kotch received Academy Awards nominations for Actor (Walter Matthau), Film Editing (Ralph E. Winters), Music Best Song (Marvin Hamlisch - Music, Johnny Mercer - Lyrics), and Sound (Richard Portman, Jack Solomon).

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Director: Jack Lemmon

Stars: Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters

Released: September 17, 1970

Availability: VHS


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