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A New Leaf (1971)

Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder. So he intends to marry a rich woman and - murder her.

Director:

Elaine May

Writers:

Elaine May, Jack Ritchie (story "The Green Heart")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Matthau ... Henry Graham
Elaine May ... Henrietta Lowell
Jack Weston ... Andy McPherson
George Rose ... Harold
James Coco ... Uncle Harry
Doris Roberts ... Mrs. Traggert
Renée Taylor ... Sharon Hart
William Redfield ... Beckett
Graham Jarvis ... Bo
Jess Osuna Jess Osuna ... Frank
David Doyle ... Mel
Fred Stewart ... Mr. von Rensaeller
Mark Gordon Mark Gordon ... John
Rose Arrick Rose Arrick ... Gloria Cunliffe
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Storyline

Henry Graham is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance, and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, and Henry, completely unwilling to exercise the only solution he sees--suicide-- devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler: he can make money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it. With a temporary loan from Uncle Harry to tide him over, Henry has six weeks to find a bride, marry her, and repay the money, or else he must forfeit all his property to his uncle. With only days remaining, Henry meets clumsy, painfully shy heiress Henrietta Lowell (played by director Elaine May). She's the answer to his prayers--if only Henry can overcome the obstacles placed in his path by Uncle Harry, Henrietta's lawyer, and Henry's own reluctance to wed. Written by Drew from Baltimore

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"Do you take this woman?" "Yes, for everything she's got." See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bogata, wolna, samotna See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There are two Ferraris in the film. One is a 1966 275GTB and the other is a 1967 275GTB4. The GTB has a two cam engine, the Ferrari decal is to the left of the rear license plate, and a smooth hood. The GTB4 has the 4 cam engine, a raised section in the center of the hood, a Ferrari decal to the right of the rear license plate, and competition gas cap on the right rear fender. See more »

Quotes

Henry Graham: Excuse me, you're not by any chance related to the Boston Hitlers?
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Referenced in The Rewrite (2014) See more »

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Discotheque
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Mandel
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A real Gem
24 October 2002 | by tim_dearing-1See all my reviews

One of those films which has no real highlight but which never the less leaves you feeling that you have just really enjoyed the movie. Matthau plays his roll in a way that no other could, making you feel real contempt for his character until at the last fence, he redeems himself completely. Producing and acting in the major supporting role shows the bungling and accident prone Elaine May on top form also. A real forgotten gem that is certainly worth the view.


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