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Happy New Year (1987)

Small time crooksters Nick (Peter Falk) and Charlie (Charles Durning) have an elaborate plan to rob an exclusive jewelers store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and ... See full summary »


John G. Avildsen


Claude Lelouch (film "La bonne année"), Warren Lane (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Nick
Charles Durning ... Charlie
Claude Lelouch ... Man on Train
Gary Maas Gary Maas ... Fence
Jack Hrkach Jack Hrkach ... Bellboy
Tom Courtenay ... Edward Saunders
Earleen Carey Earleen Carey ... Winston Sales Girl
Debra Garrett Debra Garrett ... Winston Sales Girl (as Debbie Garrett)
Karina Etcheverry ... Winston Sales Girl
Ted Bartsch Ted Bartsch ... Doorman
Wendy Hughes ... Carolyn
Tracy Brooks Swope ... Nina
Joan Copeland ... Sunny Felix
Cloyce Morrow Cloyce Morrow ... Dinner Guest
Anthony Heald ... Dinner Guest


Small time crooksters Nick (Peter Falk) and Charlie (Charles Durning) have an elaborate plan to rob an exclusive jewelers store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and women they begin the set-up, but then Nick falls for the owner of a neighboring antique store and things get a little complicated. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance


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In the first 20 minutes of the film, while Peter Falk is talking to the antique shop girl in the doorway of her shop, his head is tilted to the left when the camera is facing him. With the camera behind him, his head is suddenly straight up or slightly tilted to his right. This happens twice as he is talking to her. It's minor, but very discernible. See more »


Remake of Happy New Year (1973) See more »


I Only Have Eyes for You
Written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren
Produced by Bill Conti
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
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The Big Huh
2 February 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I'm a great fan of the movies of Claude Lelouch, a film maker who believes that a life of random incidents adds up to fate, He is a disciple of Julien Duvivier and his work might be described as part of the magical realism movement. His films are full of odd details -- seemingly odd until you realize they are glimpses into some one else's oddly patterned fate, as if each of us is a single tile in a vast mosaic. The effect is often lushly romantic.

What to make, then, of this American version of his LA BONNE ANNEE? Well, compared to the original, it's cut-down slop, as all the charming details are removed to concentrate on the caper -- everything after is treated as a throwaway. As a remake, it's a bomb.

As a movie on its own, it comes off as an oddly paced caper film with a badly edited love story added on. The caper is very good. The love story is butchered. Peter Falk plays his role with a great deal of charm. The result is something you might stare at for a couple of hours without much pain, but don't waste time looking for it. Watch the Lelouch original.

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Release Date:

7 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feliz Ano Novo See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$30,625, 9 August 1987

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1.85 : 1
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