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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 »

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,625, 9 August 1987

Gross USA:

$41,232

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,232
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Wonderful, enjoyable movie
31 October 2018 | by SquirePMSee all my reviews

This movie is a crime caper, an old-guys buddy picture and a romantic love story all wrapped up in one happy package. Peter Falk and Charles Durning play the crooks and Wendy Hughes, at the very peak of her astonishing beauty, plays the accidental love interest. What a trio!

The caper itself is a lot of fun. Tom Courtney as the upper-crust store manager, caught up by his own greed, is perfect, and so are all the supporting cast members. There are twists and turns, of course but in the end love wins out, all to the accompaniment of a score that I find myself humming long after I've watched Happy New Year. Which I do every couple of years. It's a jem.


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