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.

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Directed byJack Lemmon
Produced byRichard Carter
Screenplay byJohn Paxton
Based onKotch
by Katharine Topkins
StarringWalter Matthau
Deborah Winters
Felicia Farr
Charles Aidman
Ellen Geer
Music byMarvin Hamlisch
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Edited byRalph E. Winters
Distributed byCinerama Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • September¬†17,¬†1971¬†(1971-09-17)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.5 million[1]
Box office$5 million (rentals)[1]

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 leaves his family rather than go 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 co-star Matthau.

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



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 and Jack Solomon).[2]

Home mediaEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  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". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-28.

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