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New Year's Day -- In this comic exploration of modern relationships, Henry Jaglom plays Drew, a frazzled, recently divorced Californian who moves to New York on New Year's Eve.
New Year's Day -- A man returns to his sublet apartment to find the previous tenants, three offbeat young women, still in residence, under the mistaken belief that they have the apartment until the end of New Year's Day.


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21 December 1990 (Netherlands) See more »
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Maggie Wheeler ... Lucy (as Maggie Jakobson)
Gwen Welles ... Annie
Melanie Winter ... Winona

Henry Jaglom ... Drew

David Duchovny ... Billy

Milos Forman ... Lazlo
Michael Emil ... Dr. Stadthagen
Donna Germain ... Dr. Stadthagen's Friend
Harvey Miller ... Lucy's Father
Irene Moore ... Lucy's Mother
James E. dePriest ... Lucy's Shrink

Tracy Reiner ... Marjorie

Robert Hallak ... Delivery Man
Katherine Wallach ... Delivery Man's Friend
Paul Dark ... Redheaded Man

Adam Guettel ... Young Man
James Hurt ... Winona's Brother
Kristina Loggia ... Stella
Robert Morton ... Stella's Friend
Rodger Parsons ... Annie's Boss

Directed by
Henry Jaglom 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henry Jaglom  writer

Produced by
Phyllis Curott .... associate producer
Judith Wolinsky .... producer
Cinematography by
Joey Forsyte 
Makeup Department
Angela Nogaro .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Helen Kantor .... assistant director
Art Department
Barbara Flood .... set dresser
Sound Department
John Boyd .... sound re-recording mixer
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator
Catherine Calderon .... additional sound
Judy Karp .... sound
Sunny Meyer .... additional sound
Laurie Seligman .... boom operator
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward F. Suski .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Hanania Baer .... additional photographer
Bonnie Blake .... second assistant camera
Nesya Blue .... additional cinematographer
Richard Boyle .... gaffer
Dan Elsasser .... assistant camera
Chris Fenney .... key grip
Jeff Levy .... gaffer
Charlie Marroquin .... grip
Glenn R. Miller .... electrician
James Rosenthal .... gaffer
Randy Shanofsky .... camera operator
Jim Sofranko .... gaffer
Susan Starr .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Michelle Hart .... assistant editor
Ruth Zucker Wald .... assistant editor
Ruth Zucker Wald .... associate editor
Other crew
Helen Kantor .... assistant to director
Elicia Laport .... production assistant
Tommy Winston .... production assistant
Patrick Woods .... production assistant

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88 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

To Jaglom's surprise, this film was the official American selection at the Venice Film Festival in 1990, and this was the basis of Jaglom's film Venice/Venice. Jaglom went to film that movie in Venice while there to promote this film.See more »
Lazlo:What does a man usually say when he can't perform?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997)See more »
It's a Most Unusual DaySee more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An interesting, if slightly meandering film., 26 June 2008
Author: tawdry_hepburn from United States

New Years Day isn't a terribly good movie, but somehow, it's still endearing.

Starring a cast of no names, and an awful early performance by David Duchovny (as well as rather good Milos Forman), New Years Day tells the story of 3 young women about to move out of an apartment they have shared for years, and the man who is moving in. the four spend new years day together, (psychoanalyzing each other) because of a misunderstanding of what the meaning of "through January first."

The film has a decent set up, and other than Duchovny, the acting is all solid.

However, director and star Henry Jaglom apparently doesn't do scripts, he does giant flow charts. Consequently, his actors are forced to improvise, and generally become defined more by their bundles of neuroses than by any redeeming aspects.

Case and point for this affliction is a character who spends the entirety of the film's third act, where the girls throw a going away party, explaining repeatedly that he avoids the pitfalls of sleeping with his psychoanalysis patients by sleeping with them first, then becoming their doctor. The joke is cute the first time, but by the 4th time it has been told, no one cares anymore.

The movie is rife with moments like this. The worst of which is a suicide attempt that seems not only unrealistic, but also to have been included because without the scene the suicide attemptee would have absolutely no motivation or purpose within the story.

All the same, there is some definite underlying charm to much of it. Jaglom gives a wonderful opening and closing monologue giving the film, which otherwise just sort of starts and stops, a feeling of closure and weight. And the improvised dialogue is largely successful in creating a naturalistic atmosphere. However, if you don't already buy into the concept of Feud, Jung and Psycho Analytical theory, you will probably spend much of the film rolling your eyes.

If you just love Woody Allen and Robert Altman but have already seen all of their films, or just can't get enough stories about mediocre looking Jewish men discussing philosophy and becoming intimate with attractive women half their age, New Years Day is the film for you.

For everyone else, it's good, but not great, a little self important, and ultimately pointless.

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