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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

A newlywed man on his honeymoon has second thoughts about his marriage and falls for a different woman.

Director:

Elaine May

Writers:

Bruce Jay Friedman (story "A Change of Plan"), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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 {J-26}

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Taglines:

Elaine May Directed It. Neil Simon Wrote It. Bruce Jay Friedman Conceived It.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1972 (USA) 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The remake of this movie The Heartbreak Kid (2007) starring Ben Stiller was made and released around 35 years after this film. See more »

Goofs

Lenny first has his arm on Lila's shoulder, then off, when at the Port of Call. See more »

Quotes

Lenny Cantrow: Honey, don't put a Milky Way in somebody's mouth when they don't want it.
Lila Kolodny: Okay... you'll want it later and it will be in my tummy.
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Connections

Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Best Romance Movies of the 1970s (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Close to You
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
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The Slow Burn
4 September 2010 | by jazmaanSee all my reviews

This movie recently became available on Netflix! It's even on their Instant Queue so you can watch it on demand.

It's very different than the Ben Stiller remake (which I also enjoyed.) But in this movie Lenny is not at all a sympathetic character while his wife certainly is. There are some really intense scenes in this movie. Sometimes uncomfortably so. I guess this was one of the first "Dramedy" movies before that term was even invented.

Anyway, there is one classic scene in this film that's absolutely worth the price of admission. Eddie Albert earns his Oscar nomination without saying a single word, doing the Slow Burn to end all Slow Burns, while Lenny "lays his cards on the table".


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