MILL CREEK BLU RAY RELEASE: Peter Falk 4-Film Comedy Collection: Happy New Year (1987)

John G. Avildsen is probably best known for movies with fighting in their center, like the two Rocky and three Karate Kid movies he made. Here, he’s working from a script by Warren Lane, which was based on La bonne année by Claude Lelouch.

Nick (Peter Falk) and Charlie (Charles Durning) are two old timer thieves looking for one last big score. That score is a Harry Winston jewelry store in Palm Beach, but for all their planning Nick’s potential love interest Carolyn (Wendy Hughes) might throw these cons off their game. Their mark is her boss Edward Saunders (Tom Courtenay) and his security team, which they throw off through a series of disguises.

Hollywood once seemed addicted to remaking French films — 12 MonkeysAnd God Created WomanThe JackalJungle 2 JungleThe BirdcageBlame It On RioDiaboliqueOscarThe ToyTrue LiesThree Man and a Baby, so many more — and this is another example. It’s a cute movie that didn’t get seen much when it first came out, which gave it a bit of appeal.

Luv is part of the Peter Falk 4-Film Comedy Collection from Mill Creek Entertainment, along with The Cheap DetectiveLuv and Big Trouble. You can get it from Deep Discount.

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