This one worked on stage, because we were in Schisgal's surrealistic world, a bridge on which three people met, lived, loved, argued, and nearly died. Director Donner, working from Baker's screenplay, has attempted to expand the story, adding unnecessary characters, and the result is a
seldom funny, often dreary picture. Loser Lemmon is about to leap from the Manhattan Bridge when he is stopped by former schoolmate Falk, an ambitious and wealthy man who trades on Wall Street daily and deals in junk nightly. Lemmon is thrilled that he has been halted in his suicide attempt and
can't thank Falk enough. Falk has been trifling with Wayne, a gym teacher, and he would li...