A New Life

Overview

After 20 years of marriage, Steve Giardino Alan Alda and his wife Jackie Ann-Margret agree to a divorce in this situation comedy. The focus is on both of them as they suffer through matchmaking, blind dates, and their new life as eligible singles. Donna Mary Kay Place is Jackie's friend, while Mel Arons Hal Linden is the confidante of the vain but likeable Steve. Steven worries that he will never find anyone decent to date until he meets the pretty Dr. Kay Hutton Veronica Hamel. Jackie is enamored with a sculptor...
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Overview

After 20 years of marriage, Steve Giardino Alan Alda and his wife Jackie Ann-Margret agree to a divorce in this situation comedy. The focus is on both of them as they suffer through matchmaking, blind dates, and their new life as eligible singles. Donna Mary Kay Place is Jackie's friend, while Mel Arons Hal Linden is the confidante of the vain but likeable Steve. Steven worries that he will never find anyone decent to date until he meets the pretty Dr. Kay Hutton Veronica Hamel. Jackie is enamored with a sculptor John Shea before his glaring faults become too much for her. While Jackie's new relationship is on the outs, Steve prepares for a new life with Kay.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
His former fellow TV star Hal Linden steals this solid comedy-drama away from writer/director Alan Alda. Linden is arch and funny as a veteran of the divorce wars trying to take his newly single pal under his wing, but the Woody Allen-lite flavor of Alda's work sometimes scuttles the film's loftier intentions, replacing penetrating insights for situation comedy-style laughs. His television roots and the schizophrenic nature of Alda's work as a feature filmmaker are clearest here; the story is at times rewarding as it limns the aches and pains of middle-aged single status, but other times it is simply broad, predictable, and visually static. Still, there are few writer/directors with the Alda touch at dialogue, character development, and recognizing society's current malaise; he can't be faulted for being an artist that should probably be writing for the stage but who's savvy enough to know that the motion picture is the dominant storytelling format. If they don't always quite reach the heights occasionally scaled by Allen, no one else comes as close to that level of quality as Alda and Neil Simon. A New Life is a solid reminder why both Simon and Allen tapped Alda to star in a few of their projects in the next decade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2013
  • UPC: 887090056007
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 53,261

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Alda Steve Giardino
Ann-Margret Jackie Giardino
Hal Linden Mel Arons
Veronica Hamel Dr. Kay Hutton
John Shea Doc
Beatrice Alda Judy
Mary Kay Place Donna
David Eisner Billy
Victoria Snow Audrey
John Kozak Phil
Alan Jordan Steve's Lawyer
Catherine Disher Student
Alec Mapa Sybil
Malcolm Stewart Suitor #1
Barry Flatman Suitor #2
Vince Metcalfe Suitor #3
Cynthia Belliveau Tina
Michele Duquet Sherry
Michael Kirby Dr. Dave Salisman
Celia Weston Eleanor
Paul Hecht Barry
Janet Bailey Teacher
Fiona Reid Sylvia
Jackie Samuda Mara
Stephen Hunter Ultrasound Doctor
Mary Ann Coles O.B. Nurse
Eve Crawford Jackie's Lawyer
Deborah Theaker Shirley
Laura Dickson Janet
William Irwin Eric
Technical Credits
Alan Alda Director, Screenwriter
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
Michael S. Bregman Associate Producer
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Barbara Dunphy Production Designer
Anthony Greco Set Decoration/Design
Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Barbara Kelly Associate Producer
Mary E. McLeod Costumes/Costume Designer
Kelvin Pike Cinematographer
Michael Polakow Editor
William H. Reynolds Editor
Louis A. Stroller Executive Producer, Producer
Joseph Turrin Score Composer
Lucinda Zak Art Director, Production Designer
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