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A New Life (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 March 1988 (USA)
After a middle-aged couple divorces, they must each enter the frightening but funny world of blind dates and new relationships.

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Alan Alda

Writer:

Alan Alda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Steve Giardino
Hal Linden ... Mel Arons
Ann-Margret ... Jackie Jardino
Veronica Hamel ... Kay Hutton
John Shea ... Doc
Mary Kay Place ... Donna
Beatrice Alda Beatrice Alda ... Judy
David Eisner David Eisner ... Billy
Victoria Snow ... Audrey
John Kozak John Kozak ... Phil
Alan Jordan Alan Jordan ... Steve's Lawyer
Tim Koetting Tim Koetting ... Maurice
Catherine Disher ... Student
Alec Mapa ... Sybil
Malcolm Stewart ... Suitor #1
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Storyline

After a middle-aged couple divorces, they must each enter the frightening but funny world of blind dates and new relationships.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alan Alda's A New Life See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$7,721,851
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Playing Judy was Beatrice Alda, daughter of Alan Alda. See more »

Quotes

Mel Arons: What is it with these clothes? It looks like the cast of Miami Vice crawled into your closet, and died.
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Maria, Maria
Written by Eduardo Di Capua (as E. Di Capua)
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Terribly trite, despite some good actors
16 April 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Alan Alda worked himself away from the popular TV series "M*A*S*H" cautiously and nimbly, first as an actor in "Same Time, Next Year" and "California Suite", then as an actor-writer with "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" and eventually with his smoothest film to date, "The Four Seasons", where he was writer, director and star. 1988's "A New Life" seems to take him right back to television, with a sitcom script and one-dimensional characters. Alda and Ann-Margret are New York marrieds who decide to divorce and seek out other partners, finding themselves out of step with the modern singles-scene. Ann-Margret (sporting a big poof 'do that was way too big even for the '80's) is an attractive presence, and it seems natural for her to be drawn to John Shea (who could be Alda's younger brother), but the other players look lost in their roles, and Alda as a writer has only obvious points to make. It's all a comedic sham; plastic, unrealistic and relentlessly mediocre. *1/2 from ****


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