A New Leaf


Release Date 1971-03-11
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A New Leaf

A New Leaf is a dark comedy film based on the short story The Green Heart by Jack Ritchie, starring Elaine May, Walter Matthau, George Rose and James Coco. Better known for her collaboration as a stage comedienne with The Graduate director Mike Nichols, May also wrote and directed. For this film May consulted Dr. Dominick Basile, a botany professor at Columbia University. Dr. Basile wrote botanically accurate lines into the script and supplied the botanical equipment seen in the film. May also modeled Henrietta's office after his. The film was a critical success upon its initial release and is now considered a cult classic. However, despite several accolades, award nominations, and a Radio City Music Hall run, A New Leaf fared poorly at the box office and remains little known by the general public. For his performance as Henry, Matthau affected an accent and mannerisms reminiscent of Cary Grant.

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Actors & Characters

Walter Matthau Walter Matthau Henry Graham Henry Graham
Elaine May Elaine May Henrietta Lowell Henrietta Lowell
Jack Weston Jack Weston Andy McPherson Andy McPherson
James Coco James Coco Uncle Harry Uncle Harry
George Rose George Rose Harold Harold
William Redfield William Redfield Beckett Beckett
Graham Jarvis Graham Jarvis Bo Bo
Renée Taylor Renée Taylor Sharon Hart Sharon Hart
Doris Roberts Doris Roberts Mrs. Traggert Mrs. Traggert
Jess Osuna Jess Osuna Frank Frank


Gayne Rescher Cinematography
Elaine May Director
Don Guidice Editor
Fredric Steinkamp Editor
Neal Hefti Music
Hillard Elkins Producer
Howard W. Koch Producer
Elaine May Writer