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A New Leaf

6.4
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Original title
A New Leaf
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Elaine May, Jack Ritchie
Music
Neal Hefti
Cinematography
Gayne Rescher
Cast
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Producer
Aries Productions / Elkins Entertainment / Elkins Productions International Corporation
Genre
Comedy
Synopsis / Plot
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 (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.
Awards
1971: Golden Globes: 2 nominations, Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) and Best Actress (Elaine May)
1971: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Comedy Screenplay
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