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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 February 1973 (Argentina)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Colorado Man
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Pecan Pie Waiter
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Tim Browne ...
Kelly's Boyfriend
Jean Scoppa ...
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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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Neil Simon:  Uncredited, the film's scriptwriter as a Wedding Guest. See more »

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When he parks his car at the beginning of the movie, the parking ticket mysteriously appears on his windshield immediately after he gets out. See more »

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Mr. Corcoran: Stay away from her. I don't hand out my daughter to NEWLY WEDS!
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Referenced in I'm with Her: The Heartbreak Kid (2004) See more »

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Close to You
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
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An Unforgettable Treasure
12 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An artful mixture of deft, laugh-out-loud comedy, interspersed with touching poignant moments, makes this film special and unforgettable. Elaine May's direction was delicate yet purposeful, allowing for the superb development of characters ( in particular Eddie Albert's curmudgeonly businessman/father) without impeding the flow of the plot.

In this social portrayal of the Peter Principle, the glib, shallow Lenny somehow talks himself to dizzying social and economic heights all without the benefit of a pedigree or occupational skill set. Albert's father figure takes no time at all to see through all of this; but he is outnumbered by his wife and daughter who succumb to Lenny's charms. You can't help but feel this man's helpless pain in having to watch his lovely, impressionable daughter lured into a clearly doomed marriage.

Cybil Shephard, Eddie Albert and Charles Grondin all turned in career performances. This show was one of those rare times when everything (directing, writing and acting) came together to create something greater than the sum of its parts - it's a real treasure.


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