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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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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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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:

1 February 1973 (Argentina) 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 (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The upscale the home used in the Minnesota half of the movie was located by Beverly Borine who was a well known and respected realtor in Minnesota. Her husband Cliff, and daughter Jan aren't credited, but were used as extras in the wedding reception scene toward the end. Cliff is the tall , friendly white haired man wearing glasses who wishes Charles Grodin good luck at the reception while Jan is the brunette girl talking with guests in the background... See more »

Goofs

When he parks his car at the beginning of the movie, the parking ticket mysteriously appears on his windshield immediately after he gets out. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Corcoran: Stay away from her. I don't hand out my daughter to NEWLY WEDS!
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Connections

Spoofed in Only with Married Women (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Theme From the Heartbreak Kid
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
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whew, bad writing, bad acting, bad filming...and not funny!
8 January 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

Okay, it's a comedy. And humor is idiosyncratic. But so much of this movie swings around the supposed (sarcastic?) appeal of the lead male, TV actor Charles Grodin, who is a definitive dweeb, it's hard to really get into it. And hard to laugh at. Because if you don't get the joke, it just comes off as dumb.

Maybe there are people who identify specifically with these types, back around 1970, who can also feel how funny and warm it might be. The lead females are contrasting types, of course, the Nordic Cybil Shepard and the Jewish Jeannie Berlin, but both are beautiful and fun and charming in the way a movie needs them to be (Shepard is actually a little dull). It's not such a contrast or such a game, after all, and we are stuck watching Grodin, with a little lame Dustin Hoffman in him, bounce between the two women. Not only is he a lame actor, his character is a jerk, too.

What's most baffling is that the writer is Neil Simon, and though he's had some bombs, he's clever and funny regardless. Something went wrong, and the best guess is Elaine May, who is famous for the notorious "Isthar" that also has a wacky, not so funny sense of humor (and stars the real Dustin Hoffman). But her Mikey and Nicky isn't as bad, and she has worked for years with the great Mike Nichols.

Anyway, take it where you can. It's poor sledding all the way, badly filmed, interminably banal, and dated to boot. Good luck!


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