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Jeannie Berlin is the daughter of the film's director Elaine May.
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The film is rare in the Neil Simon canon in that it is not based on one of his plays nor is it from an original screenplay by him but being an adaptation of another writer's work.
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Reportedly, actress Cybill Shepherd turned down a number of other roles including one with Peter Fonda in order portray the character of Kelly Corcoran in this movie.
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Neil Simon's contract stated that none of his dialogue could be changed without his permission. The improvisational Elaine May came to an agreement whereby they would film 2 versions, his original script and then her version, and then decide which was better. After a week or so, Charles Grodin recalls that Neil Simon stopped coming to the set, and Elaine May was in control.
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The film's director, actress-writer-director Elaine May, later co-starred in another Neil Simon written film, California Suite (1978). May does not appear in The Heartbreak Kid (1972). Also a writer, Elaine though never worked as a screenwriter on one of Simon's works.
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One of around a half-a-dozen Neil Simon written films which have been remade. The movies include Plaza Suite (1971), The Odd Couple (1968), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and The Out of Towners (1970).
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The picture is only one of four theatrical feature films directed by the film's director, actress-writer-director Elaine May. The film was May's second directorial effort.
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First of three Neil Simon written films starring actor Charles Grodin. The others were The Lonely Guy (1984) and Seems Like Old Times (1980). None of these were based on a Simon play.
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Neil Simon wanted Diane Keaton for the Jeannie Berlin part.
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The film is ranked no. #91 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years... 100 Laughs" list of the funniest American movies ever made.
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The picture was shot in three American cities: Miami, New York and Minneapolis.
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In his 1989 autobiography "It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here...", Charles Grodin recounts that Neil Simon repeatedly asked for actress Jeannie Berlin to be replaced because he did not find her pretty enough, not realizing that Berlin was the daughter of director Elaine May.
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Doris Roberts plays Charles Grodin's mother in the film, even though in real life she's only nine years older than him.
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One of two screenplays that screenwriter Neil Simon adapted from a Bruce Jay Friedman story. The other was The Lonely Guy (1984). Both starred actor Charles Grodin.
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This film was the first ever filmed adaptation of a written work by writer Bruce Jay Friedman.
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Jerry Seinfeld considers this movie the greatest comedy of all time.
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The remake of this movie The Heartbreak Kid (2007) starring Ben Stiller was made and released around 35 years after this film.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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The upscale the home used in the Minnesota half of the movie was located by Beverly Borine who was a well known and respected realtor in Minnesota. Her husband Cliff, and daughter Jan aren't credited, but were used as extras in the wedding reception scene toward the end. Cliff is the tall , friendly white haired man wearing glasses who wishes Charles Grodin good luck at the reception while Jan is the brunette girl talking with guests in the background...
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Features Jeannie Berlin's only Oscar nominated performance.
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The only film that year to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress Oscars.
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Eddie Albert's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.
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The name of the hotel where Lenny and Lila were honeymooning was the Doral Hotel On-The-Ocean. It is now called Miami Beach Resort and Spa.
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Lenny and Lila's hotel room number was 1704.
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Neil Simon: Uncredited, the film's scriptwriter as a Wedding Guest.
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The high-price that Mr. Corcoran (Eddie Albert) offered Lenny Cantrow (Charles Grodin) to stay away from his daughter was US $25,000. If adjusted for inflation it would be equivalent to $141,000 in 2014.
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