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Happy New Year (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  7 August 1987 (USA)
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Small time crooksters Nick and Charlie have an elaborate plan to rob an exclusive jewelers store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and women they begin the set-up, ... See full summary »

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Man on Train
Gary Maas ...
Fence
Jack Hrkach ...
Bellboy
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Edward Saunders
Earleen Carey ...
Winston Sales Girl
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Ted Bartsch ...
Doorman
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Carolyn
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Nina
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Sunny Felix
Cloyce Morrow ...
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Small time crooksters Nick and Charlie have an elaborate plan to rob an exclusive jewelers store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and women they begin the set-up, but then Nick falls for the owner of a neighbouring antique store and things get a little complicated. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Produced by Bill Conti
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Courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
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The Big Huh
2 February 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I'm a great fan of the movies of Claude Lelouch, a film maker who believes that a life of random incidents adds up to fate, He is a disciple of Julien Duvivier and his work might be described as part of the magical realism movement. His films are full of odd details -- seemingly odd until you realize they are glimpses into some one else's oddly patterned fate, as if each of us is a single tile in a vast mosaic. The effect is often lushly romantic.

What to make, then, of this American version of his LA BONNE ANNEE? Well, compared to the original, it's cut-down slop, as all the charming details are removed to concentrate on the caper -- everything after is treated as a throwaway. As a remake, it's a bomb.

As a movie on its own, it comes off as an oddly paced caper film with a badly edited love story added on. The caper is very good. The love story is butchered. Peter Falk plays his role with a great deal of charm. The result is something you might stare at for a couple of hours without much pain, but don't waste time looking for it. Watch the Lelouch original.


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