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The War Between Men and Women1972

The War Between Men and Women (1972)





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Loosely based on the life and work of cartoonist and essayist James Thurber, The War Between Men and Women stars Jack Lemmon as cartoonist Peter Wilson, who, while visiting an eye doctor for his failing vision, quite literally stumbles upon Terry Kozlenko (Barbara Harris), an attractive but somewhat volatile divorcee with three children. Peter has a well-documented antipathy for women, children, and dogs, so everyone he knows is rather surprised when he finds himself falling in love with Terry -- and she falls in love with him. Peter and Terry get married, but her affection for him is not shared by her kids, who still idolize their father Stephen (Jason Robards, a successful photojournalist; Terry's dog doesn't care for Peter, either. When Peter's eye condition worsens, leaving him nearly blind, he suggests to Terry that she should go back to Stephen for the sake of her children, only to learn that Stephen has been killed while on assignment. Peter is now the only father the children have, and he's forced to find a way to reach out to them. The War Between Men and Women's interpolation of Thurber's life and work, using both live-action and animation, was inspired by a respected but short-lived television series, My World and Welcome to It, in which William Windom starred as Thurber. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Jack Lemmon
as Peter Edward Wilson
Barbara Harris
as Theresa Alice Kozlenko
Jason Robards
as Stephen Kozlenko
Herb Edelman
as Howard Mann
Lisa Gerritsen
as Linda Kozlenko
Moosie Drier
as David Kozlenko
Severn Darden
as Dr. Harris
Lisa Eilbacher
as Caroline Kozlenko
Lucille Meredith
as Mrs. Schenker
Ruth McDevitt
as Elderly Woman
Joey Faye
as Florist Delivery Man
John Zaremba
as Minister
Rick Gates
as Bernie
Lea Marmer
as Old Hag
Bill Hickman
as Large Gentleman
Olive Dunbar
as Woman At Literary Tea
Margaret Muse
as Woman at Literary Tea
Danny Arnold
as Manhattan Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The War Between Men and Women

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

[W]hat differentiates [The War Between Men and Women] from the Knocked Ups of the world is how uproarious the funny parts get, in part because they're so daringly nasty, and how authentic and well-earned the ending seems by comparison.

February 6, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

All of the performances are excellent, especially those of Lemmon.

January 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The War Between Men and Women


Jack Lemmon tries his best to warm us up to this ever-so-cynical, dyed-in-the-wool cynic, but its an all uphill job as he plays a cartoonist interrupted by love. I kept asking myself why does Harris' character put up with him? The story here seems all over the place and perhaps there were too many cooks on the job. Whatever, save this uncomfortable-to-watch bit for a rain day. And the James Thurber connection is best left forgotten.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A predictable romantic comedy with a couple of good actors. It's a pretty modern story, for it's time, and the "battle of the sexes" type story is sort of interesting. Overall it's just okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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