A New Leaf 1971

A New Leaf

Critics Consensus

Elaine May is a comedic dynamo both behind and in front of the camera in this viciously funny screwball farce, with able support provided by Walter Matthau.

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A spoiled and self-absorbed man who has squandered his inheritance, Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) is desperate to find a way to maintain his lavish lifestyle. Henry sees an opportunity when he meets Henrietta Lowell (Elaine May), an awkward and bookish heiress. Though Henry courts Henrietta, he has no intention of remaining with her, and he develops a surprisingly sinister scheme. As Henry attempts to execute his plan, he finds that seeing it through may not be as easy as he had thought.

Cast & Crew

Walter Matthau
Henry Graham
Elaine May
Henrietta Lowell
Jack Weston
Andy McPherson
James Coco
Uncle Harry
Doris Roberts
Mrs. Traggert
Rose Arrick
Gloria Cunliffe
Renee Taylor
Sally Hart
Howard W. Koch
Producer
Neal Hefti
Original Music
Gayne Rescher
Cinematographer
Elaine May
Screenwriter
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Critic Reviews for A New Leaf

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Audience Reviews for A New Leaf

  • Oct 29, 2018
    The ending is a bit hard to buy (which is a flaw that should be attributed to the producer who re-cut the film against Elaine May's wishes), but still this is a refreshing and extremely funny comedy that benefits from an excellent script and Matthau's hilarious performance.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2010
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2007
    It's great--unique, funny, bizarre.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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