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A New Life

Perhaps trying to break his image as the most conscientiously nice guy of the latter half of the 20th century, Alan Alda has tried to give himself an edge in A New Life. As the newly divorced Steve Giardino, he is loud, obnoxious, neurotic, argumentative and manic; he also has permed hair and a beard, smokes, drinks hard liquor rather than wine, and eats red meat instead of chicken and fish.

Perhaps trying to break his image as the most conscientiously nice guy of the latter half of the 20th century, Alan Alda has tried to give himself an edge in A New Life. As the newly divorced Steve Giardino, he is loud, obnoxious, neurotic, argumentative and manic; he also has permed hair and a beard, smokes, drinks hard liquor rather than wine, and eats red meat instead of chicken and fish.

After some 20 years of marriage, New Yorkers Alda and Ann-Margret decide to call it quits. Alda’s screenplay follows the two equally as each endures the predictably excruciating blind dates, singles parties and matchups.

They are tenacious and game, and some months later each meets an attractive new prospect, she a dreamy, younger TriBeCa sculptor (John Shea), he a sharp and similarly younger doctor (Veronica Hamel).

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All the actors have the upper-middle-class mannerisms down pat, and make for perfectly agreeable company despite the familiarity of the terrain. Shot mainly in Toronto, pic looks and sounds good.

A New Life

  • Production: Paramount. Director Alan Alda; Producer Martin Bregman; Screenplay Alan Alda; Camera Kelvin Pike; Editor William Reynolds; Music Joseph Turrin; Art Director Barbara Dunphy
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 104 MIN.
  • With: Alan Alda Ann-Margret Hal Linden Veronica Hamel John Shea Beatrice Alda
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