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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Elaine May

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 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
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's The Heartbreak Kid See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,208,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The remake of this movie The Heartbreak Kid (2007) starring Ben Stiller was made and released around 35 years after this film. See more »

Goofs

Northrup Mall at the University of Minnesota, where Lenny waits in his car while listening to a weather report, does not allow cars to be parked there, nor did it allow cars in 1971-72. See more »

Quotes

Lenny Cantrow: There's no insincerity in those potatoes. There's no deceit in the cauliflower. This is a totally honest meal.
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Theme From the Heartbreak Kid
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
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Grow up, Kid
30 August 2000 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

Remember the "women's pictures" of the 30s and 40s, often starring Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck? A powerful identification element for members of the female audience aspiring to love, wealth, status, even if the leading lady, now fallen or abandoned, is left wondering whether she might have been better off before her quest.

What does this have to do with "The Heatbreak Kid"? Everything! Here is a "men's picture" for our times, even though it is now nearly thirty years old. Happiness is the next woman you meet, because the one you have is not what you imagined her to be. She never will be. If Lenny, married to Lila for three days, decides he has made a mistake, the appropriate downbeat ending of this picture suggests that, on the day of his wedding to Kelly, he has reached the same conclusion.

Sometimes happiness lies in being satisfied with less than the ideal. That's what you're going to end up with anyway.


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