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The New York Times reports on Neil Simon



Nine years later, Simon removed the music and rewrote the screenplay for a television movie adaptation directed by Richard Benjamin. Jeff Daniels and Patricia Heaton take the lead roles.

The 1977 original streamed on FilmStruck and can be rented or purchased from Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and YouTube

& # 39; California Suite & # 39; (1978)

Mr. Simon expanded the premise of the "Plaza Suite" and moved it across the country to show this four-piece comedy / drama in the Beverly Hills Hotel's 203-204 suites and the stories of New York, Philadelphia, London and Chicago visitors. The original Broadway production cast George Grizzard and Tammy Grimes in three roles each, Barbara Barrie and Jack Weston in two roles; Under the direction of Gene Saks (who inaugurated some of Simon's plays on Broadway) there were 445 performances. Clive Barnes enthused, "Because Mr. Simon makes us laugh so effortlessly, so professionally and so subtly, we tend to regard him as our friendly neighbor, wearing the smooth, mechanized, homogenized, and sanitized joke, he's more."

Herbert Ross staged the movie version of 1978, which did without the doubling and filled the story with an all-star cast, including Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Walter Matthau, Richard Pryor, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, and Mr. Simons "Heartbreak Kid" directors Elaine May and Maggie Smith – who won an Oscar for an Oscar-nominated actor. "Simon's comic gifts are shown to their best advantage," wrote Vincent Canby.

"California Suite" can be rented or purchased through Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and YouTube.

"Seems so Old Times (1980)

Mr. For this hit from 1980, Simon reunited with his" Heartbreak Kid "star Charles Grodin, who also" foul play "stars Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn, as a divorced couple, when he was falsely accused of robbing a bank, Hawn hides her ex in her garage – both from the authorities and her current husband (Mr. Grodin), Los Angeles District Attorney – and a good, old-fashioned farce slamming the door in. Janet Maslin gave the film "Neil Simon in a very funny way, that is, the belly laughs while intermittently are equally ridiculous."

"Seems like Old Times" is available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and YouTube.


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