A newlywed man on his honeymoon has second thoughts about his marriage and falls for a different woman.


Elaine May


Bruce Jay Friedman (story "A Change of Plan"), Neil Simon (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Grodin ... Lenny Cantrow
Cybill Shepherd ... Kelly Corcoran
Jeannie Berlin ... Lila Kolodny
Audra Lindley ... Mrs. Corcoran
Eddie Albert ... Mr. Corcoran
Mitchell Jason Mitchell Jason ... Cousin Ralph
William Prince ... Colorado Man
Augusta Dabney ... Colorado Woman
Doris Roberts ... Mrs. Cantrow
Marilyn Putnam Marilyn Putnam ... Mrs. Kolodny
Jack Hausman Jack Hausman ... Mr. Kolodny
Erik Lee Preminger Erik Lee Preminger ... Pecan Pie Waiter
Art Metrano ... Entertainer
Tim Browne Tim Browne ... Kelly's Boyfriend
Jean Scoppa Jean Scoppa ... Flower Girl


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 {J-26}

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Elaine May Directed It. Neil Simon Wrote It. Bruce Jay Friedman Conceived It.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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The film is rare in the Neil Simon canon in that it is not based on one of his plays nor is it from an original screenplay by him but being an adaptation of another writer's work. See more »


At the Corcoran's dinner table, the camera zooms in on Kelly eating solid food off a fork. A split second later while 'Leonard' is in mid-sentence, she and the others are shown eating soup with spoons. See more »


Mr. Corcoran: During dinner tonight, I was listening. I find I can tell more about a man by listening to his dinner table conversation than by reading all the books in the world. I heard everything you said, about honest food. I have never heard such a crock of horse-s**t in my life. "There's no deceit in the cauliflower"?
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Spoofed in The Heartbreak Girl (1985) See more »


Fine and Dandy
Music by Kay Swift
Hummed by the entertainer in the nightclub sequence
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Great movie - Very funny
8 October 2001 | by ZAKK_WILDSee all my reviews

I looked for this movie after it was recommended in the documentary Pitch(also worth seeing). The Heartbreak Kid(stupid title) features some excellent acting and courtesy of Neil Simon a brilliant script. It's a pretty funny plot if you like black comedy. A guy 3 days into his honeymoon meets the girl of his dreams. The guy is played by Charles Grodin and the girl is played by Cybil Sheppard who looks absolutely stunning. The main comedy in the movie comes from Grodin's absurd lies or brutal honesty. The first half probably has the best humor but I thought the ending was interesting. Finally I became a big Eddie Albert fan after seeing this movie. He's great as Cybil Sheppard's Dad.

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22 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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Neil Simon's The Heartbreak Kid See more »


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