Billy Wilder's stinging satire on the American passion for making insurance claims, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in this biting satirical comedy, written and directed by Billy Wilder. Lemmon is a TV cameraman injured while filming a football game. Matthau, his brother-in-law, is convinced that, if Lemmon exaggerates the injury, he can sue the TV company for $1million . Somewhat unwillingly, Lemmon goes along with the idea. The pace is fast and Wilder's razor-sharp dialogue and storyline digs at the American pursuit of money. Matthau, being grasping and amoral, is the more interesting character; indeed he won an Oscar for his dynamic performance. As Lemmon, a fine physical comic, spends much of his time in a wheelchair, he's rather overshadowed by his old sparring partner. British title: Meet Whiplash Willie.