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The Out-Of-Towners {1999} [DVD]

Steve Martin , Goldie Hawn , Sam Weisman    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, John Cleese, Mark McKinney, Oliver Hudson
  • Directors: Sam Weisman
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence, Neil Simon
  • Producers: Andrew G. La Marca, Christine Peters, David Madden, Philip E. Thomas, Robert Evans
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Polish, Icelandic, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: Hungarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2001
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000058CAX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


From Amazon.co.uk

This remake of Neil Simon's l970 comedy finds Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin as Ohio yokels cast adrift in Mayor Rudy Giuliani's sanitised New York City. With their son recently departed for Britain, the empty-nesters travel to the Big Apple for a job interview and are beset with all kinds of bad luck, starting with their flight being rerouted to Boston. Things only go downhill from there, of course, as they're mugged by an Andrew Lloyd Webber imposter, the high-tech multilingual navigation system on their rented Cadillac goes haywire, and their hotel reservations fall through. Although marred by some out-of-place slapstick and mawkish romance scenes, this film's not without its funny moments. The couple stumbles into a sexual-addiction encounter group and has to try to back out gracefully (not succeeding very well, of course). John Cleese is howlingly funny as he reprises his Fawlty Towers role of a cross-dressing hotelier, and Martin has a great drug-delirium scene, in which he's slipped a hit of LSD in jail (thinking it's aspirin). Just try not to think in terms of comparisons to Neil Simon's original and this remake works fairly well. --Jerry Renshaw, Amazon.com

Product Description

When a mid-western couple flee their empty nest and head for the "Big Apple," a comic odyssey of unexpected calamities yanks them th rough the most bizarre 24 hours of their lives. Living in the unexpected, they take chances, go with the flow and ultimately find th emselves - and each other. At the end of the day, they discover that sometimes there is nothing so right as when everything goes wro ng. New York mayor Rudy Giuliani appears as himself in a cameo role.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One comedy that is so American that you may have problems sleeping afterwards because of the jaw pain you will get due to too much laughing. I would advise you to take some kind of Prozac before not to be too much overwhelmed by the silly situations this film develops with gusto and vicious pleasure. The poor people from Ohio do not have one gram or one 176th part of an ounce of luck when they come to New York for a job interview. The plane is out-routed, nearly out-sourced, their deluxe rental car has no air conditioning. They get lost because they don't know how to read a map, and then their rental GPS gets stuck in some kind of French sounding neighborhood and they end up in a fish-market or something like that with crates and fresh squishy things. 2,200 dollars for a 200 mile, at the most, ride. At the hotel they are kicked out because their credit card has been overdrawn by their own daughter. And that's only part of the beginning. Get to that film to discover the hundreds of details and risks out-of-towners run in New York City, an apple in which any smiling friendly face may be the worm that is eating the core of it. Very well done and so dynamic that you may fall for the good old days of Hair in Central Park.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 30 Jun 2007
This is one of the most funniest films i have ever seen. Of course the best actor in this film by far is John Cleese (the tranny hotel manager) who seems to bag all the best lines. But other reviewers have also said this but not commented on Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin. They are also great and i think the corny not serious and funny acting makes this film funny to watch. The best scences in this film are when Goldie Hawn seduces a man in the hotel so she can have a meal and its ends up going so very very wrong. All in all i like this film and if you like steve martin and goldie hawn you wont be dispaointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A right Belly Laugh 22 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What a laugh! i watched this movie with my sister and we were in creases the whole time. Steve martin and Goldie Hawn create the ultimate disaster couple. The comedy is very similar to the National Lampoon Vacation saga which is certinately not a bad factor. John Cleese(tranvestite hotel manager) is also hilarious I loved the part when he's dancing to Donner Summer's 'Bad Girls'. Worth buying at this cheap price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's perfectly fine 25 Jun 2014
By a.diaz
A 90s update of Neil Simon's 70s screenplay, the film centers on a middle-aged couple (Martin and Hawn) whose son is grown and leaves for Europe. Their new loneliness is mixed in with Martin getting fired, and needing to go to New York for an interview at an ad firm (unbeknownst to his wife). Against his personal wishes, she joins him on the flight, and well, misfortune ensues as they try to get to the Big Apple on time. Lost luggage, robbers, a rude hotel manager (Cleese) and public exposure await them....

'Fine' as 'fine' can be, this new version of Neil Simon's tale of city lunacy has its moments, mostly thanks to the brief but welcome stiff upper lip of John Cleese, but doesn't offer much more. Hawn and Martin are perfectly decent as a team, but it's Cleese who steals the show. Yes, it's basically a slightly wackier Basil Fawlty, but hey, it ain't broke so it still works, especially during the film's biggest laugh, which involves late 90s pop and drag. That's all I'll say. Also, director Sam Weissman (D2) offers a good looking comedy, with plenty of cityscapes and chases, especially during the night time up at Central Park. The bit of our leads under the bridge in the shadows is actually rather beautiful.

However, everything else is rather pedestrian. The main plot dealing with aging and finding a life after parenthood could've been interesting, but amounts to silly fluff that allows for the jokes to exist. None of the characters are all that developed, and what there is is usually done through a lot of shouting and screaming between them. And finally, though he directs with gusto, Weissman severely overuses Marc Shaiman's jazzy score to force feed sentiment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Actors, Great Movie! 19 Nov 2013
By edel
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this film ages ago and had to buy my own copy of it which I loved but I lost it somewhere and immediately went out and ordered it again here on Amazon. (I really Love it)
Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin make a wonderful on screen married couple. His more conservative personality and her bubbly one make this a perfect pairing. The plot of the film is sweet and believable and the cherry on top of the film came in the form of the wonderfully comical John Cleese. There are many funny moments throughout the movie and it leaves you with a feel good feeling. It is one of those movies you will watch over and over again. Highly recommend this !
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