Happy New Year (1987 film)
|Happy New Year|
|Directed by||John G. Avildsen|
|Produced by||Jerry Weintraub|
|Screenplay by||Warren Lan|
|Based on||La bonne année
by Claude Lelouch
|Music by||Bill Conti|
|Editing by||Jane Kurson|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||107 minutes|
Happy New Year is a 1987 film directed by John G. Avildsen. The screenplay was written by Warren Lane, based on the French film La bonne année. The director of the French film, Claude Lelouch, has a cameo as a man on a train.
Although the film had extremely limited success in the theaters, it became something of a cult film. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988 for best make-up, losing to Harry and the Hendersons.Bill Conti composed the score and produced a cover of the song I Only Have Eyes for You performed by The Temptations which was featured extensively throughout the film.
Nick (Peter Falk) and Charlie (Charles Durning) are two suave but low class jewel thieves. They spend time preparing to rob a Florida jewelry store managed by Edward (Tom Courtenay). They meticulously pre-plan their heist, which includes false identities and costumes. During their planning, Nick starts to fall for Caroliine (Wendy Hughes), who owns an antique shop next to the jewelry store, which threatens their "perfect" crime.
|“||Happy New Year didn't look very original or very funny back in 1973, when the original French film, written and directed by Claude Lelouch, opened in New York. The curious thing about the American remake is that although it's no better, it's certainly not worse... the new film has the advantage of good comic performances by Peter Falk, as the brains of the jewel heist, Charles Durning, as his partner, and Wendy Hughes... The new version also has the advantage of the comic presence of Tom Courtenay, who plays the fastidious manager of the jewelry store and shares the film's funniest moments with Mr. Falk. These are the sequences in which Mr. Falk cases the store disguised, alternately, as a doddering Palm Beach socialite and the socialite's flirtatious, battleship-shaped sister. It's first-rate revue-sketch material. Everything else is vamping for time.||”|