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Happy New Year (2011)

R | | Drama, War | 21 May 2013 (USA)
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A war-torn Marine returns home to face his fiercest battle yet - the one against himself.


K. Lorrel Manning


Michael Cuomo (story), K. Lorrel Manning (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Michael Cuomo ... Sgt. Cole Lewis
J.D. Williams ... Jerome
Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Lisa
Victoria Gates ... Victoria (Dancer)
Jose Yenque ... Martinez
Wilmer Calderon ... Santiago
Will Rogers ... Danny
David Fonteno ... Gunny D (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
Noah Mills ... Looch
Frank Harts ... Dex
Tina Sloan ... Grace
Alan Dale ... Bill
Seth Barrish ... Dr. Keith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tricia Alexandro ... Anesthesiologist
Sarah Babb ... Vegan Woman


Sgt. Cole Lewis, mentally and physically scarred by his time served in Iraq, finds humanity, compassion and friendship in a group of similarly injured vets at a rundown VA hospital. But just as their luck starts to change, the ghosts of war re-emerge, leading Lewis and his buddies down a path of guilt, desperation and self-destruction. Written by Dave Riccardi

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Everyone deserves a new beginning.


Drama | War




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Release Date:

21 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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The role of "Looch" was originally written for BOARDWALK EMPIRE's Vincent Piazza, a friend of Manning. See more »

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1 January 2016 | by wrightiswrightSee all my reviews

Considering the ending of this flick, the irony of the title is not lost on me. Shame that it's just about the only clever thing about it.

Ripping off a million other movies, ESPECIALLY One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, the word 'derivative' was invented for movies like this. An injured veteran stirs things up in a hospital unit. He treats the patients like humans, unlike the cold, impassive staff. Oh, there is ONE nice nurse, who we know he'll fall in love with from the minute he collides with her trolley, carrying medication.

There's a protest over what DVDs the residents can watch. A visit to a strip club. And some tragic news, followed by a 'heartrending' final decision. Poor Jack Nicholson, having to see his great work insulted by this bland imitation. It's not inspiring in the least, apart from in the notion that copying a classic movie too much can lead to a predictable, flavourless time-waster.

Happy New Year to you all, indeed. Let's hope it's more exciting than this film, anyway... 4/10

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