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New Year's Day (1989)

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A man returns to his sublet apartment to find the previous tenants, three offbeat young women, still in residence, under the mistaken belief that they have the apartment until the end of New Year's Day.


Henry Jaglom


Henry Jaglom
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Wheeler ... Lucy (as Maggie Jakobson)
Gwen Welles ... Annie
Melanie Winter Melanie Winter ... Winona
Henry Jaglom ... Drew
David Duchovny ... Billy
Milos Forman ... Lazlo
Michael Emil Michael Emil ... Dr. Stadthagen
Donna Germain Donna Germain ... Dr. Stadthagen's Friend
Harvey Miller Harvey Miller ... Lucy's Father
Irene Moore Irene Moore ... Lucy's Mother
James E. dePriest James E. dePriest ... Lucy's Shrink
Tracy Reiner ... Marjorie
Robert Hallak ... Delivery Man
Katherine Wallach Katherine Wallach ... Delivery Man's Friend
Paul Dark Paul Dark ... Redheaded Man


Drew is a recently divorced middle-aged Hollywood writer/director who arrives back in New York looking for a path to start his life over and upon arriving at his old apartment, finds three young women residing there until the end of the day. They are the free-spirited Lucy a multi-career woman and part-time actress who wants to move to Hollywood to start her life over; Annie is a photographer Lucy's best friend who wants to move to L.A. with Lucy, but unsure at what she wants to do with her life; Winona is a 30-year-old magazine editor who feels her biological clock ticking and wants to start a family. On his long day, an assortment of people soon arrive at the apartment for a party where they talk amongst each other about their stance in life in which Drew sees the inspiration from the conversations on deciding to start his life over. Written by matt-282

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Time to move on...


Comedy | Drama



Did You Know?


The final film in a trilogy of autobiographical films directed by Henry Jaglom. The first was Always (1985) and the second was Someone to Love (1987). See more »


Lazlo: What does a man usually say when he can't perform?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits play over the character of Drew watching the videotape of Lucy playing with the dolphins. Note: A copy of Jaglom's mentor Orson Welles' biography is clearly visible. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: David Duchovny/Rod Stewart (1995) See more »


It's a Most Unusual Day
Performed by Doris Day
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For the diehard David Duchovny fan only
20 October 1998 | by XenossiaSee all my reviews

Face it. There's a four word explanation for why you *might* want to see this film. "David Duchovny as Billy". Unless this kind of self-infatuated dialogue-driven "action" is your bag. Maggie Wheeler, as Lucy, actually turns in a fine performance as well, but I have to tell Jaglom the same thing I'd tell Tarantino: "Quit putting yourself in your own films. It makes you look pathetic." And whether or not he's acting, Jaglom doesn't have Tarantino's sense to play an *interesting* character once he's in his own movie. He has to play the same annoying know-it-all, fish out of water. Now, back to David Duchovny. He plays a sex-addicted playboy, Lucy's boyfriend. Be kind, it's his first film, and strange to see him so young. But there's no denying who that wonderful voice belongs to. Oh, and halfway through, he pulls a full-frontal scene in the hall, right before he's kicked unceremoniously (and naked) out of the apartment. Watch this right before you watch the X-Files or another Duchovny film like "The Rapture", "Kalifornia" or "X-Files: Fight the Future." It's nice to see the progress he made as an actor. Even with this first performance, it's easy to see that Duchovny is an heir to the Buster Keaton throne of underacting.

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Release Date:

21 December 1990 (Netherlands) See more »

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Anul Nou See more »

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New York City, New York, USA


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1.85 : 1
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