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Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman (1996)

John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III, was born on February 8, 1925. An only child, he was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and was that rarity among Hollywood stars, a man with affectionate ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Charles Durning
Betty Garrett
Garson Kanin ... Himself
Jack Lemmon ... Himself
Walter Matthau ... Himself
Gregory Peck
Neil Simon ... Himself
Kevin Spacey
Maureen Stapleton ... Herself
Billy Wilder ... Himself


John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III, was born on February 8, 1925. An only child, he was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and was that rarity among Hollywood stars, a man with affectionate memories of his parents. Graduating from Harvard, Jack headed for New York City to become a professional actor. A job playing piano to silent movies gave him the chance to study comics like Keaton and Chaplin up close. His first acting was on soap opera and live TV drama. But it was his appearance in a Broadway revival of Room Service that led to a co-starring role with Judy Holliday in his first movie, It Should Happen To You (1954). However, Jack had no intention of "going Hollywood" and he adamantly refused to change his name. His unmistakable intellect and his boyish but average looks played against him becoming a romantic leading man. But his live TV and comedy training gave him the perfect timing, the precise emotional balance and the total believability that showed in films as diverse as Mister ...

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25 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Jack Lemmon: Az átlag amerikai See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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Wombat Productions See more »
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References Bell Book and Candle (1958) See more »

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Fun Documentary
28 April 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman (1996)

*** (out of 4)

Fun, 50-minute documentary taking a look at the career of Jack Lemmon. This documentary features interviews with Walter Matthau, Billy Wilder, Gregory Peck, Charles Durning, Betty Garrett and Kevin Spacey as they discuss what makes Lemmon so great to watch on the screen. Best of all is that we also get an interview with Lemmon who constantly talks about his career, some of his favorite performances and other things like why he wanted to become an actor. If you're a fan of Lemmon then this here is going to be a must see because of getting to hear him discuss his career. Hearing his thoughts on THE APARTMENT, MISTER ROBERTS, SAVE THE TIGER and his work with Matthau is quite priceless and it's also fascinating to learn of his theory that if a part scares him then he must do it. At just 50-minutes there's certainly no way that the film gets into everyone of his films and one wishes that the time was longer but for the most part I think this is a good enough of a way for a fan to be entertained and if you're not a fan you at least will get to see what made Lemmon so special.

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