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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Corcoran
Mr. Corcoran
Mitchell Jason ...
Cousin Ralph
Colorado Man
Augusta Dabney ...
Colorado Woman
Mrs. Cantrow
Marilyn Putnam ...
Mrs. Kolodny
Jack Hausman ...
Mr. Kolodny
Erik Lee Preminger ...
Pecan Pie Waiter
Tim Browne ...
Kelly's Boyfriend
Jean Scoppa ...
Flower Girl


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 <>

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1 February 1973 (Argentina)  »

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Neil Simon's The Heartbreak Kid  »

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The picture is only one of four theatrical feature films directed by the film's director, actress-writer-director Elaine May. The film was May's second directorial effort. See more »


(at around 1h 1 min) The waiter walks away from Lenny and Kelly's table but in the next shot he is back in his previous position immediately by the table. See more »


Lenny Cantrow: They should have said that to us at the door... they should have warned us that there was a danger of running out of pecan pie.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


The Theme From the Heartbreak Kid
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
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Pretty Good Comedy
27 January 2004 | by (Bay Area, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this on Cable a few years back and thought it was one of the funniest older movies I have ever seen. Charles Grodin is simply hilarious as Lenny. Lenny's wife also is played well by Jeanie Berlin. Cybil Shepherd does a fine job in one of her first roles. Eddie Albert even shows up and is hilarious as the father of Cybil Shepherd. I highly recomend this one. Favorite Scene: Grodin talking to the big football player outside the college classes. that is one of the funniest scenes in movie history. Check it out.

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