New Leaf (Region A Blu-ray)

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Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) 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 (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, so Henry devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler (George Rose) to make his money the old-fashioned way he can marry it. But he cannot see himself as a happily married man, so he comes up with an even more devious solution with a temporary loan from his uncle, Henry has six weeks to find a bride and repay the loan; otherwise he must forfeit all his property to his uncle. Henry finally meets his dearly beloved, a clumsy, painfully shy heiress Henrietta Lowell (played by the films writer/director Elaine May). The answer to his prayers - if only he can overcome the obstacles placed in his path by his uncle and Henriettas Lawyer (Jack Weston).

Product Details

Barcode
887090043601
Department
Movies & TV
Released
4 Sep 2012
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Comedy
Sub-genre
Comedy
Region
Region A
Studio
Olive Films
Runtime
102 min
Age Restriction
G
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
New Leaf
Tagline
"Do you take this woman?" "Yes, for everything she's got."
Release Year
1971
Running Time
102 min
Categories
Comedies / Romance / Scams And Cons / Theatrical Release
Language
English
Country
United States of America
Ratings
IMDb
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes®
100%
The Movie DB
71%
Overview
Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder.
Synopsis
Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) 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 (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, and Henry, completely unwilling to exercise the only solution he sees--suicide-- devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler: he can make money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it. With a temporary loan from Uncle Harry to tide him over, Henry has six weeks to find a bride, marry her, and repay the money, or else he must forfeit all his property to his uncle. With only days remaining, Henry meets clumsy, painfully shy heiress Henrietta Lowell (played by director Elaine May). She's the answer to his prayers--if only Henry can overcome the obstacles placed in his path by Uncle Harry, Henrietta's lawyer, and Henry's own reluctance to wed.
In writer/director Elaine May's (known for her collaboration as a stage comedienne with THE GRADUATE director Mike Nichols) freshman directing effort, she directs a strong cast, in addition to herself in the lead female role. Written for the screen by May from a short story by Jack Ritchie, this black comedy features hilarious performances by its two leads, as well as the wonderfully dry George Rose as Matthau's overly involved, but always proper, butler.
Notes
In what would become true Elaine May fashion, the film's original $1.8 million budget shot to over $4 million by the time it was completed. Shooting went 40 days over schedule, and editing took over ten months. Similar scenarios occurred on her later project MIKEY AND NICKY.

During shooting, producer Howard Koch, Sr. tried to have May removed from the film, but she had put a $200,000 penalty clause in her contract, and Koch was persuaded to keep her.

After May wouldn't show Paramount a rough cut of the film ten months into editing, Robert Evans took the film away from her and recut it. Angered at the alteration of her version, May tried to take her name off the film and sued Paramount to keep it from opening. A judge overruled the motion, and the film opened to good reviews and good business.
Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
  • Region [unknown]
Poster
Poster for New Leaf
Videos
Trailer
A New Leaf - Trailer
Cast & Crew
Director
Elaine May
Star
James Coco / David Doyle / Walter Matthau / Elaine May / Jack Weston / George Rose
Co-Star
Doris Roberts / Renee Taylor / William Redfield / Graham Jarvis / Jess Osuna / William Hickey
Screenwriter
Elaine May
Composer
Neil Hefti
Producer
Hillard Elkins / Howard W. Koch / Joseph Manduke
Director of Photography
Gayne Rescher
Editor
Edward Beyer / Don Guidice / Fredric Steinkamp
Costume Designer
Anthea Sylbert
Movie Critics
Film Comment
"Studio intervention preserves a quite lucid, strange, effervescent morality play pitched from May's unique purview outside either sentimentality or cynicism."
Brynn White (1 Jul 2012, )
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