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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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Doris Roberts plays Charles Grodin's mother in the film, even though in real life she's only nine years older than him. 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: Honey, don't put a Milky Way in somebody's mouth when they don't want it.
Lila Kolodny: Okay... you'll want it later and it will be in my tummy.
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Charles Grodin and Jeannie Berlin in the car
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Humor and Pathos at the Same Time
1 February 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The movie's a comedy, I think, though it produces as many cringes as laughs. It's hard not to laugh at poor Lila (Berlin) as she flubs her honeymoon with sunburn crème blotches, oozing egg sandwiches, and ill-timed bathroom breaks. But then she's so emotionally needy, it's hard not to laugh and cry at the same time. On the other hand, husband Lenny's (Grodin) got all the empathy of a ham sandwich, as he chases after blonde goddess Kelly (Shepherd), piling one absence excuse on Lila after another. This is the honeymoon from heck, especially after the goddess-struck Lenny sues for divorce. But then he does grant Lila "the luggage".

The humor's in the character set-ups, and Lenny's special brand of chutzpah. A little fast- talking, he thinks, gets him out of any situation. That is, until he runs into Kelly's humorless dad (Albert). Seems like the proverbial irresistible force has run into the immovable object. But has it. Grodin's appropriately obnoxious when Lenny needs to be; Berlin's vulnerable when Lila needs to be; Shepherd's gorgeous without trying; while Albert's stony mug belongs on Mt. Rushmore. And catch that contemplative ending, not what I expected, but probably appropriate for what's gone before.

All in all, the movie's something of a guilty pleasure and certainly one of a kind. I do, however, miss Grodin's smirking brand of put-on.


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