Remembering Jack Lemmon 20 Years After His Death With Seven Great Movies
Throughout his varied and celebrated career, actor Jack Lemmon, who died 20 years ago on Sunday, has appeared in more than 60 films, including “Some Like It Hot”, “Mister Roberts” and “Save the Tiger” .
In order of release date, here are seven of two-time Oscar winner Lemmon’s best films.
“Mr. Roberts” (1955): Restless and in desperate need of shore leave, the discouraged crew of the US Navy freighter Reluctant spent the last days of World War II in the “remote” areas of the Pacific Ocean. The vengeful captain of the crew (James Cagney) appears determined to spend the last days of WWII terrorizing the men, but his executive officer, Lt. Doug Roberts (Henry Fonda) refuses to submit to the enemy, at home and outside. With the help of his bunk mate Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver (Lemmon), Roberts gets a shore leave for the men and a transfer to the front for himself. Lemmon won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role. âMr. Robertsâ is available on YouTube.
“Some like it hot” (1959): After witnessing a gang-related shooting, two male musicians ( Walter Matthau and Lemmon) “hang out” and join an all-female group led by singer Sugar Kane (Marylin Monroe) to escape discovery. âSome Like It Hotâ is available on Amazon Prime Video.
“The apartment” (1960): Bud Baxter (Lemmon), a lonely insurance salesman, attempts to continue his career by letting senior company officials use his apartment for a series of dating. But the plot thickens when Baxter falls into his own romance. “The apartment” is available on “YouTube”.
“The great race” (1965): Devious Professor Fate (Lemmon), tall Leslie (Curtis) and brilliant Maggie Dubois (Natalie Wood) race against each other in a car race across the world in this action-packed comedy. “The Great Race” is available on Hulu.
“The strange couple “ (1968): Sports writer Oscar Madison (Curtis) invites his divorcing friend Felix Ungar (Lemmon) to share his apartment while he finds new accommodation. But only a week into their arrangement, the two are almost out of breath. “The Odd Couple” is available on Amazon Prime Video.
“Save the tiger” (1973): Harry Stoner (Lemmon), a disillusioned veteran who runs a fashion company in Los Angeles, has his morals tested as the fate of his company threatens to sink even further into obscurity. Lemmon won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role, his second career statuette. âSave the Tigerâ is available on YouTube and Pluto TV.
“Faded away” (1982): Based on “The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice” by Thomas Hauser, the film follows Ed Horman (Lemmon) as he tries to find his journalist son (John Shea), who went missing after a stroke State in Chile. . “Missing” is available on Amazon.
An earlier version of this story misinterpreted the cast of “The Odd Couple”, due to a journalist error.