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Directed by Jack Lemmon
Produced by Richard Carter
Screenplay by John Paxton
Based on Kotch 
by Katharine Topkins
Starring Walter Matthau
Deborah Winters
Felicia Farr
Charles Aidman
Ellen Geer
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Edited by Ralph E. Winters
Distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation (1971, theatrical)
MGM (2004, DVD)
Release dates
  • September 17, 1971 (1971-09-17)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.5 million[1]
Box office $5,000,000 (rentals)[1]

Kotch is a 1971 American comedy-drama film directed by Jack Lemmon and starring Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr, Charles Aidman and Ellen Geer.

Adapted by John Paxton from the 1965 novel of the same name by Katharine Topkins, the film tells the story of an elderly man who runs away so as not to be put into a nursing home, and strikes up a friendship with a pregnant teenage girl. It was Lemmon's only film behind the camera and partnered him with friend and frequent costar Matthau.

Portions of the film were shot and set in Palm Springs, California.


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Walter Matthau and Deborah Winters star in Kotch, directed by Jack Lemmon.


The film earned rentals of $3.6 million in North America and $1.4 million in other countries. It recorded an overall profit of $330,000.[1]


The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Walter Matthau), Best Film Editing (Ralph E. Winters), Best Music, Song (for Marvin Hamlisch and Johnny Mercer for "Life Is What You Make It") and Best Sound (Richard Portman, Jack Solomon).[2]

Home media

Kotch was released in a Region 1 DVD by Fox Video on July 6, 2004.


  1. ^ a b c "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, 31 May 1973, pg 3.
  2. ^ "The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-28. 

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