MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 14,918 this week

A New Leaf (1971)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  19 July 1971 (Sweden)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 2,248 users  
Reviews: 51 user | 32 critic

Henry Graham is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance, and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry (a deliciously ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (story)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 26 Oct 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 14 Feb 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 07 May 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "A New Leaf" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A New Leaf (1971)

A New Leaf (1971) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A New Leaf.
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly ... See full summary »

Director: Elaine May
Stars: Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin
Plaza Suite (1971)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Film version of the Neil Simon play has three separate acts set in the same hotel suite in New York's Plaza Hotel with Walter Matthau in a triple role. In the first, Karen Nash tries to get... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris
Ishtar (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.

Director: Elaine May
Stars: Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani
Kotch (1971)
Certificate: GP Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Joseph Kotcher, a retired traveling salesman, lives with his son Gerald and daughter-in-law Wilma in Los Angeles. He dotes upon his young grandson Duncan irritating high-strung Wilma to the... See full summary »

Director: Jack Lemmon
Stars: Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr
Luv (1967)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Harry is a barely functional human. He meets an old friend who is having marital problems as Harry is about to leap off of a bridge. His friend decides that Harry is the man to take his ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk, Elaine May
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known as a soon to be spinster if she doesn't marry soon. She isn't looking forward to ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page
Cactus Flower (1969)
Certificate: M Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A dentist pretends to be married to avoid commitment, but when he falls for his girlfriend and proposes, he must recruit his lovelorn nurse to pose as his wife.

Director: Gene Saks
Stars: Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

Director: Gene Saks
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A bored housewife poses as a call girl for a movie star sex-symbol, hoping she can prove to her husband, the star's agent, that she is still desirable to other men and thereby, rekindle the... See full summary »

Director: George Axelrod
Stars: Walter Matthau, Anne Jackson, Patrick O'Neal
In the Spirit (1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A woman moves back to New York and hires a ditzy New Age woman to redecorate her apartment in this Odd Couple styled comedy. The movie takes a turn as the two escape to a New Age retreat in... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Seacat
Stars: Marlo Thomas, Elaine May, Jeannie Berlin
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

While awaiting the outcome of her husband's surgery, Julie Messinger discovers he has been having affairs.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Dyan Cannon, James Coco, Jennifer O'Neill
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
George Rose ...
...
...
...
William Redfield ...
Graham Jarvis ...
Bo
Jess Osuna ...
...
Mel
Fred Stewart ...
Mr. von Rensaeller
Mark Gordon ...
John
Rose Arrick ...
Gloria Cunliffe
Edit

Storyline

Henry Graham is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance, and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, and Henry, completely unwilling to exercise the only solution he sees--suicide-- devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler: he can make money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it. With a temporary loan from Uncle Harry to tide him over, Henry has six weeks to find a bride, marry her, and repay the money, or else he must forfeit all his property to his uncle. With only days remaining, Henry meets clumsy, painfully shy heiress Henrietta Lowell (played by director Elaine May). She's the answer to his prayers--if only Henry can overcome the obstacles placed in his path by Uncle Harry, Henrietta's lawyer, and Henry's own reluctance to wed. Written by Drew from Baltimore

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

lawyer | murder | botanist | camping | clumsy | See more »

Taglines:

Romeo and Juliet, Bob and Bing, Ulysses and Grant, George and Martha, Martha and John, Bob and Carol, Ted and Alice, Bob and Alice, Ted and Carol, Bob and Ted, Carol and Alice, Pat and Dick, Julie and David, Byron and His Sister, Bill and Coo, Liz and Eddie, Liz and Mike, Liz and Dick, Dick and Sybil, Eddie and Debbie, Muck and Meyer, Hollywood and Vine, Anthony and Cleopatra, and now Henry & Henrietta... the love couple of the seventies... and the laugh riot of the year.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón verde  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Johnny Mandel composed an original score but most of it was rejected. A few of his cues remain on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Harold: Should I serve you breakfast in bed, or would you like me to follow you about with the tray?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #10.26 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme
(uncredited)
By Neal Hefti
[From Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1967). During honeymoon ride in golf carts]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Directed and acted with a kind of off kilter perfect pitch...an unexpected find
1 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A New Leaf (1971)

A kookie, forcibly odd movie. If at first you think it's just plain stupid, keep watching. It's really well balanced, smartly written, and acted with more restraint than usual for a madcap movie like this.

It's billed (by some) as filled with dark humor, but it didn't strike me as dark, not like the contemporary "Harold and Maude" for example. But there is an unusual tone achieved here that is just slightly different and worth getting a feel for. There is, for another example, a parallel in general plot and scenario to "How to Murder Your Wife" from 1965, complete with the willing butler and the hapless rich bachelor, but that movie is a silly 1960s farce and this one has an edge of almost poignancy to it. (I write that word and think Elaine May would cringe--only because I don't think there is an intention to be sentimental or even romantic, the last scene notwithstanding.)

The star is singularly Walter Matthau, who is almost necessarily goofy just by appearances. But maybe the first clever trick by the director, Elaine May, is putting the goofy man in even goofier situations so that he comes off as actually someone serious and believable. To have his character, Henry Graham, driving in his red Ferrari wearing a crash helmet is pure insanity, yet you don't blink an eye. The guy is self-absorbed and nuts. But also very likable, a little out of touch the way we all are, or wish we could be (if we had his money).

And of course the man's dilemma is stated immediately: the money he once had so much of is used up. And you have to see to appreciate the one long scene in the first twenty minutes with Graham meeting his financial adviser about some bounced checks. This is comedy at its absolute best--I mean that. Watch only this scene if you must (and I dare you to skip the rest of the movie once you do). The actor opposite Matthau here is William Redfield, who pulls off the most brilliant of performances.

The other leading character, eventually, is Elaine May herself as the clumsy, naive, filthy rich scientist who Graham sets his sights on for salvation. She is terrific, as well, and like Woody Allen of the same time ("Bananas" is also 1971) seems to direct her own comic zaniness with a calculated distance. The rest of the shenanigans play out with the necessary twists, and it's consistently funny.

So, see this for its freshness even four decades later. No wonder it has a (small but growing) cult following. May has suffered historically from having made the bizarrely awkward "Ishtar" and for being forever linked in the early 1960s as the comedy partner of Mike Nichols, whose movie career overshadows almost everyone's. But here, at least, she shines on her own terms, without distraction.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
HENRY'S FERRARIS jet_blanchard
Why is this NEVER shown on TV ? ksf-2
Inexplicable Plot Elements? apass
remake june-sasser
Director's Cut barrysfavorite
Supporting cast cincyguy90
Discuss A New Leaf (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?