Director Herb Gardner's adaptation of his own award-winning Broadway play is a bittersweet comedy about a pair of New York survivors. Eighty-one-year-old Nat Moyer (Walter Matthau) is a Jewish radical of the old school: A combative
philosopher, fanciful talker and, some might even say, a liar. His daily companion on a Manhattan park bench is another octogenarian, Midge Carter (Ossie Davis), a half-blind superintendent whose more realistic approach to life makes him the prefect foil for Nat. The two oldsters spar verbally and
take on a variety of social ills, including drug dealers, muggers, forced retirement and the specter of the old-folks' home. Gardner shot most...