A New Leaf (1971)




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Henry Graham (Walter Matthau), a spendthrift bounder who wastes his inheritance on high living and fast Italian cars, looks for new means of support as his money runs out. The situation is urgent, because Henry's Uncle Harry (James Coco) has given him a short-term loan with very bad payback terms. He sets his sights on Henrietta Lowell, a mousy rich-girl botanist (Elaine May) whom he intends to marry and murder. However, love blooms between the two as Henry uncovers the myriad ways her lawyers … More

Rating: G
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Ritchie, Elaine May
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 23, 2014
Howard W. Koch Productions


as Henry Graham

as Henrietta Lowell

as Andrew McPherson

as Uncle Harry

as Harold Henry, Graha...

as Mrs. Traggert

as Gloria Cunliffe

as Sally Hart

as Mrs. Heinrich

as Mr. Van Rensaeller

as Girl at Charity Ball
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Critic Reviews for A New Leaf

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
Village Voice
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Time Out
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New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for A New Leaf

Its a shame we never have and probably never will see May's original three hour cut because as wonderfully weird and funny as the current version is, the film's energy does fizzle out towards the end. Perhaps with the darker subplots restored this could change, but since that is unlikely I'll take the sweet, oddball romantic comedy we got instead.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Darkly funny, even a little touching at the end. Elaine May is hilarious, and fully commits to her character (never gets a makeover, for example). Her barely audible speech pattern is perfect. Matthau is also hilarious, and plays it just right that you don't utterly hate him. Matthau really excelled at likable bastards.

Why have I not heard of this movie before?! Walther Matthau was great as a scheming playboy & I only just found out here that Elaine May directed & starred.A VERY good movie & a great ending.I loved it

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

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