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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

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

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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Michael Jenkins' movie "The Heartbreak Kid" centres on the coming of age relationship between a teacher (Claudia Karvin), and a wild and spirited student (Alex Demitrides). The teacher , ... See full summary »

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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Albert's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mr. Corcoran: Not if they tied me to a horse and pulled me forty miles by my tongue.
Lenny Cantrow: I respect your frankness.
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Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Charles Grodin and Jeannie Berlin in the car
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You may just get what you ask for
17 August 2000 | by rj-27See all my reviews

I saw this when it first came out in 1972 and saw it again recently on cable. One way to know a classic is how well it dates itself, not just in the vernacular, but philosophically. How timeless are the themes it portrays and how well could anyone from any time period relate to them? In fact, of The Heartbreak Kid it could be said that a lot of the shock value of a man dumping his bride on their honeymoon will be lost on a generation that would wonder why he would want to married at all. Well at least the title character believes in firm commitments, as long as it is with the right girl. The point of the whole movie is the somewhat subtle ending that depicts a man who, despite the odds against him, got the girl of his dreams, but somehow dosn't find it nearly as satisfying as he would have thought.

This a terrific piece of script writing, with many memorable lines you love to quote...a sure sign of a very good movie.


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