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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A New Leaf See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shot 40 days over schedule, and required 10 months of editing. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Cunliffe: [Henrietta has clumsily spilled tea on Gloria's carpet several times] Henrietta, is this some kind of a joke? Because if it is, I do not find it amusing. If your nerves are not steady enough to hold a cup and saucer in your hand, then you should not be drinking tea. Once - yes, but twice in a row...
Henry Graham: [Deliberately dumping his tea on Gloria's carpet] Madam... there you are, madam. Take your damn carpet to the cleaners, and send the bill to me. There you are. Come, Miss Lowell, I'm taking you home. ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Rewrite (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

New Coronation March
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Mandel
[Played on violin at wedding ceremony]
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Great fun
22 February 2000 | by Kevin-94See all my reviews

My room mate and I love this film. We're always quoting lines from it.

"There's carbon on the valves!"

"I've achieved a sort of immortality. As a footnote and under G."

"Henrietta, you have your head in the arm hole!"

I respect Ms. May so much I feel a little guilty enjoying the film she disowned. I hope one day she will, if possible, do a "Touch Of Evil" style re-editing of the film, so that we can enjoy it as she originally intended. I guess you could say that this is my hope and my dream, which is to say that my hope and my dream are the same (my dream.)


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