The Prisoner of Second Avenue

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

Director: Melvin Frank Cast: Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, Gene Saks


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A lesser but still entertaining Neil Simon work, The Prisoner of Second Avenue was adapted to film in 1974. Jack Lemmon takes over the role played on Broadway by Peter Falk: Mel is a New York-based advertising man who goes through hell when he loses his job. The gods seem to conspire against him as he tries to cope with his unemployed status; he is particularly depressed over the fact that he must now subsist on the income of his wife (Anne Bancroft). There are laughs in The Prisoner of Second Avenue, but it's the laughter of desperation and despair; it might not be advisable to watch this film after a bad day at the office. Watch for Sylvester Stallone as the "human punch line" of an old urban legend about a pickpocket.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2019
UPC: 0883929682225
Original Release: 1975
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 8,424

Special Features

Dinah! Segment Featuring Anne Bancroft and a Gag Reel Vintage featurette: The Making of The Prisoner of Second Avenue Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Mel
Anne Bancroft Edna
Gene Saks Harry
Elizabeth Wilson Pauline
Florence Stanley Pearl
F. Murray Abraham Actor
Sylvester Stallone Youth in Park
M. Emmet Walsh Actor
Maxine Stuart Belle
Ed Peck Man Upstairs
Gene Blakely Charlie
Ivor Francis Psychiatrist
Stack Pierce Detective

Technical Credits
Melvin Frank Director,Producer
Preston Ames Art Director
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Howard Roessel Asst. Director
Tex Rudloff Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Schumacher Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Simon Screenwriter
Bob Wyman Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Prisoner of Second Avenue
1. Calamitous Credits [4:09]
2. Nothing Much To Do [2:38]
3. Starting to Crack [4:10]
4. I Protest [3:03]
5. Bang Back! [2:54]
6. Fixed [2:07]
7. Breathing Lessons [4:03]
8. Brother to Brother [3:40]
9. Robbed [4:47]
10. Cleaned Out [3:51]
11. One Out of 346 [2:53]
12. Pizza and Obligations [3:01]
13. Patio Shower [3:14]
14. A Job and a Job Hunt [3:30]
15. Self-Torture [4:24]
16. Bickering and Begonias [1:50]
17. Oh, that Plot [1:22]
18. Shovel for a Meltdown [6:50]
19. How Much is X? [3:39]
20. Summer Camp [3:47]
21. Is Someone Sick? [4:07]
22. A Little Hostile [2:10]
23. Pickpocket Pursuit [2:20]
24. Up 14 Flights of Stairs [2:35]
25. Sharing the Losses [2:26]
26. Brotherly Envy [3:57]
27. All Wet and All Right [5:26]
28. End Credits [3:30]
29. Chapter 29 [1:23]

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