A black comedy from legendary director Billy Wilder. While filming a football game Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) is accidentally clobbered by a 220-pound halfback. All Harry suffers is a slight concussion, but Whiplash Willie (Walter Matthau), legal scoundrel arrives on the scene! Harry follows shyster Willie’s advice and feigns a crippling injury so the two can split a cool million in phony insurance claims. But can Willie’s world-class finagling dispel those ominous words that lie within the fortune cookie on Harry’s hospital plate: “You can’t fool all of the people all of the time?”
The first pairing of Matthau and Lemmon – one of the most successful film comedy teams ever – won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Matthau.