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Lights! Camera! Taxes! The IRS's Star Turn

By Suzanne Woolley and Ben Steverman - 2013-03-27T17:11:31Z

Photograph by Warner Bros/Everett Collection

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'Grumpy Old Men' (1993)

Hapless IRS agent Elliott Snyder (Buck Henry) chases John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) for $57,000 -- $13,000 plus 11 years of penalties and interest. If Gustafson can't get the money, he'll lose his house. In the end, Gustafson's 50-year-long frenemy, Max Goldman (Walter Matthau), comes through for him, letting Gustafson ride off into the sunset, all paid up.

Tax takeaway: When you owe back taxes, it pays to have loyal -- if crotchety -- friends.