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A New Leaf

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A New Leaf
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Henry Graham is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry, refuses to give him a dime, so Henry devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler to make his money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it.
Title: A new leaf
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States : Olive Films], 2012
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Paramount Pictures ; produced by Joe Manduke ; written and directed by Elaine May
Notes: Based on the short story, The Green heart, by Jack Ritchie
Originally released as a motion picture in 1971
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Summary: Henry Graham is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry, refuses to give him a dime, so Henry devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler to make his money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it.
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy NEW
Performers: James Coco, Walter Matthau, George Rose, Jack Weston, Doris Roberts, Elaine May.
System Details: DVD, widescreen presentation
Subject Headings: Ritchie, Jack, 1922-1983 Film adaptations Man-woman relationships Drama Inheritance and succession Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Inheritance and succession
Publisher No: OF435 Olive Films
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Elaine May directed, wrote and starred in this movie, which is full of black humor and sweetness.


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Jul 14, 2014
  • pol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absolutely delightful and often unpredictably comedy. I can't believe I'd known nothing about this film for so long and would love to see the alleged 180 minute version. Matthau, most often the everyslob of American films, is wonderfully miscast as a spoiled manchild with no morals or empathy for others. Probably one of the great satires about "trapped in a bubble" rich people. May is also great as the less unscrupulous yet just as clueless heiress. I also didn't see the ending coming, a wonderful surprise.

Jul 14, 2014
  • chcacc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best movies. Funny, heartwarming, with great acting. 5 stars

Jun 16, 2014
  • mswrite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An underrated 1971 comedy gem from writer-director Elaine May (one half of legendary comedy team Nichols and May--director Mike Nichols is the other half) and her brilliant co-star Walter Matthau. See this movie for Matthau's marvelous performance, May's crazy-funny dialogue ("...and this is Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Hitler...") and the sterling support of character actors Jack Weston, Doris Robert's ("Everybody Loves Raymond" mom Marie Barone) and James Coco. A classic.

Mar 03, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Elaine May wrote, directed, and starred in this somewhat dark screwball comedy. Her director’s cut ran 180 minutes, but the studio cut out 78 minutes so we get only to see a 102 minute film. There are some eye-rolling outright laughter moments as Walter Matthau will do anything to rebuild his fortune and Elaine will fall for any wolf’s flattering bs. We probably will never see the full length feature, as it seemingly took forever to even get a DVD release of this 102 minute version. Elaine went on to direct the disastrous movie Ishtar.

Aug 26, 2013
  • 4B39B22330E8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a lost classic of 1970's cinema written, directed and played by Elaine May with Walter Matthau in the lead role. It was buried due to creative differences with the studio and May purportedly disowned this cut of the film.

But even though it is not the vision of the director, this version stands on its own with many lines that should be part of Hollywood legend. If you like your comedies to have a little more bite (incl. a wisp of darkness) without all of the syruppy goo that usually gets served up with Hollywood rom-coms, this is the film for you. Matthau and May make a great combo (the two minutes spent rearranging a Grecian toga are hilarious) and they are supported by a terrific supporting cast including Jack Weston, James Coco, George Rose, Doris Roberts and David Doyle (Bosley in Charlie's Angels).

This film is hilarious, and I'd never even heard of it before. Matthau and May are superb - check it out!

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