The Prisoner of Second Avenue, 1975


Melvin Frank


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This darker than you might expect Neil Simon adaptation is set and filmed in New York, with married couple Mel and Edna Edison (Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft) driven to the verge of madness by Manhattan life.

Look out for Broadway director Gene Saks as Lemmon’s brother and blink-and-you-miss-them appearances from future Oscar-winners Sylvester Stallone (as a Central Park non-mugger) and F Murray Abraham (as a cab driver).

Mel Edison works, until unemployment strikes, on Madison Avenue at 47th Street.

The Edisons’ Upper East Side apartment is on the 14th floor of 385 East 88th Street at, naturally, Second Avenue, in the Yorkville district.

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