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Kotch (1971)




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Joseph P. "Kotch" Kotcher is an irksome 72-year-old who lives with his son and daughter-in-law. When he learns the family's former babysitter Erica is pregnant, Kotch loans her some money; and when she moves away to Palm Springs, he moves in with her, hoping to be of some use.


Walter Matthau
as Joseph Kotcher
Paul Picerni
as Dr. Gaudillo
Jane Connell
as Miss Roberts
Jessica Rains
as Dr. McKernan
Lawrence Linville
as Peter Herzenstiel
Biff Elliot
as Motel Manager
Dee Carroll
as Dorothy Ballinger
Arlen Stuart
as Mrs. Fisher
Kim Hamilton
as Receptionist
Janya Brannt
as Mrs. Pugh
Penny Santon
as Mrs. Segura
Jack Lemmon
as Stranger on Bus
Amzie Strickland
as Film Narrator
Ralph Roberts
as Blue Scarecrow
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Critic Reviews for Kotch

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Though only 50 years old when he made the film, Matthau is more than convincing as the doddering Joe Kotcher...

June 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There aren't many comic actors I admire more than Matthau, and he does his best to be an old man in Kotch, but the illusion simply isn't there.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Matthau's warm characterization propels this sweet and earnest movie.

February 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...very slow and very gentle...

March 28, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Walter Matthau gives a compelling, Oscar-nominated performance as a grumpy old man in this melodrama, the only film star Jack Lemmon directed.

August 3, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Great turn by Walter Matthau in aged makeup, and nicely directed by friend Jack Lemmon.

June 21, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Kotch

It's very interesting to see Lemmon direct for the first and only time and decide to go with Matthau rather than an aged actor. Matthau of course always looked old but here he sometimes hits the mark and other times doesn't. I wonder if the lukewarm result prompted Lemmon not to direct anything else.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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