Legendary funnymen Walter Matthau and Robin Williams star in this black comedy as Sonny Paluso and Donald Quinelle, two unemployed strangers who witness a robbery and become the targets of a hit man (Jerry Reed). Donald arms himself to the teeth and enrolls in a survival training course, retreating to the woods. Meanwhile, the crook confronts Sonny, promising to call off the dogs if he can keep Donald quiet. Michael Ritchie (Fletch) directs.
Michael Brunswick Ritchie (November 28, 1938 – April 16, 2001) was an American film director.
Ritchie was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Patricia (née Graney) and Benbow Ferguson Ritchie. His family later moved to Berkeley, California, where his father was a professor of experimental psychology at the University of California at Berkeley1 and his mother was the art and music librarian for the city.
He attended Berkeley High School before becoming interested in film, and was accepted at Harvard University following high school.
Ritchie attracted attention in his senior year at Harvard in 1960 by directing the original production of the Arthur Kopit play, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
His work on Kopit’s play led to a job offer from Robert Saudek, the producer of the Omnibus television series. Ritchie also directed episodes of Profiles in Courage and… read more