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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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Mrs. Corcoran
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Colorado Man
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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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The film's director, actress-writer-director Elaine May, later co-starred in another Neil Simon written film, California Suite (1978). May does not appear in The Heartbreak Kid (1972). Also a writer, Elaine though never worked as a screenwriter on one of Simon's works. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Mr. Corcoran: Not if they tied me to a horse and pulled me forty miles by my tongue.
Lenny Cantrow: I respect your frankness.
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Referenced in Sonny with a Chance: The Heartbreak Kid (2009) See more »

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Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
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The Slow Burn
4 September 2010 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie recently became available on Netflix! It's even on their Instant Queue so you can watch it on demand.

It's very different than the Ben Stiller remake (which I also enjoyed.) But in this movie Lenny is not at all a sympathetic character while his wife certainly is. There are some really intense scenes in this movie. Sometimes uncomfortably so. I guess this was one of the first "Dramedy" movies before that term was even invented.

Anyway, there is one classic scene in this film that's absolutely worth the price of admission. Eddie Albert earns his Oscar nomination without saying a single word, doing the Slow Burn to end all Slow Burns, while Lenny "lays his cards on the table".


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