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Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough (1997)

A profile of the life of actor Walter Matthau.


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Credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Himself
Ossie Davis ... Himself
Edward Dmytryk ... Himself
Julie Harris ... Herself
Jack Lemmon ... Himself
Charles Matthau ... Himself
Walter Matthau ... Himself
Roddy McDowall ... Himself
Herbert Ross ... Himself
Neil Simon ... Himself


A profile of the life of actor Walter Matthau.

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20 June 2000 (USA) See more »

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Wombat Productions See more »
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Roddy McDowall is credited but never appears in the biography. It is suspected he was given credit for the photographs used of Walter Matthau in the production. See more »


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Good Documentary
18 January 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough (1997)

*** (out of 4)

Entertaining look at the career of Walter Matthau. This 51 minute documentary isn't ground-breaking and it doesn't go into any great detail but it's a good overview of the legendary actor's career. Neil Simon, Ossie Davis, Jack Lemmon, director Herbert Ross. Charles Matthau and Julie Harris are on hand offering up stories on the actor but the best part is that Matthau himself is here to give a first-hand account.

There's no question that getting to hear from the likes of Lemmon and Ross is great but the highlight is without question hearing Matthau talk about how and why he got into the business and his thoughts on Hollywood as he went from a character actor to a leading man. We get to see clips from some of his better known movies like THE ODD COUPLE and CACTUS FLOWER and hear various stories about them. If you a fan of Matthau then you'll enjoy this.

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