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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

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 »

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Mrs. Corcoran
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Kelly's Boyfriend
Jean Scoppa ...
Flower Girl
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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 instead. Her rich father is less than keen and lets everyone - including Lenny - know that he hates everything about him and the way he is going on. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Elaine May Directed It. Neil Simon Wrote It. Bruce Jay Friedman Conceived It.

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1 February 1973 (Argentina)  »

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Trivia

This film was the first ever filmed adaptation of a written work by writer Bruce Jay Friedman. See more »

Goofs

Lenny first has his arm on Lila's shoulder, then off, when at the Port of Call. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Corcoran: You don't know what determination is. I eat determination for breakfast.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Fine and Dandy
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Music by Kay Swift
Hummed by the entertainer in the nightclub sequence
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17 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this when it first came out in 1972 and saw it again recently on cable. One way to know a classic is how well it dates itself, not just in the vernacular, but philosophically. How timeless are the themes it portrays and how well could anyone from any time period relate to them? In fact, of The Heartbreak Kid it could be said that a lot of the shock value of a man dumping his bride on their honeymoon will be lost on a generation that would wonder why he would want to married at all. Well at least the title character believes in firm commitments, as long as it is with the right girl. The point of the whole movie is the somewhat subtle ending that depicts a man who, despite the odds against him, got the girl of his dreams, but somehow dosn't find it nearly as satisfying as he would have thought.

This a terrific piece of script writing, with many memorable lines you love to quote...a sure sign of a very good movie.


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