The Out-of-Towners (1999 film)

The Out-of-Towners is a 1999 American comedy film starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. It is a remake of the 1970 film of the same name written by Neil Simon and starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.

The Out-of-Towners
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySam Weisman
Written byMarc Lawrence
Produced byRobert Evans
Robert Cort
David Madden
Teri Schwartz
CinematographyJohn Bailey
Edited byKent Beyda
Music byMarc Shaiman
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 2, 1999 (1999-04-02) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$75 million
Box office$28 million (US)


Henry (Martin) and Nancy Clark (Hawn) are a couple living in a quiet Ohio town. Married for 27 years, their last child has left home and Nancy is suffering from empty nest syndrome. Unbeknownst to her, Henry has lost his job due to corporate downsizing and has an interview in New York. Nancy sneaks on the plane with him and they begin a disastrous series of misadventures. Their plane is rerouted to Boston, their luggage is lost, they are mugged at gunpoint and their daughter has used their credit card to the point where it has reached its limit. They are thrown out of their hotel by a pompous manager named Mersault (John Cleese) who also indulges in cross dressing. Forced to live by their wits on the street, the couple find themselves caught up in a robbery and chased by the police through Central Park. In the end, Henry aces his job interview and the two begin a new life together in New York City. Henry and Nancy (as well as Mersault openly in full-drag) go to see their daughter perform on Broadway.



Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn first worked together in Housesitter (1992).

Henry and Nancy Clark's son Alan is played by Goldie Hawn's real-life son, Oliver Hudson.

Much footage from the film was reportedly stolen, which resulted in many scenes having to be reshot.


The Out-of-Towners was a disappointment critically and commercially. It has a 27% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. The site's consensus states: "Solid source material and a cast of talented comedians aren't enough to make The Out-of-Towners worth hosting on a screen of any size."[1] Roger Ebert commented that the movie "was not a proud moment in the often-inspired careers of Martin and Hawn."[2] Most of the negative reviews point to Cleese as the only redeeming factor of the film.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "The Out-Of-Towners Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  2. ^ "The Out-Of-Towners :: :: Reviews". 1999-04-02. Retrieved 2011-01-12.

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