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Love and Death -- Woody Allen invades the spirit of Tolstoy in this hilarious spoof of 18th Century Russia, when Napoleon is preoccupied with perfecting his pastry and before Wellington markets his beef. In HD.


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Release Date:
28 August 1975 (West Germany) See more »
The Comedy Sensation of the Year!
In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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One of Woody's (or anybody's) funniest. See more (106 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Allen ... Boris

Diane Keaton ... Sonja
Georges Adet ... Old Nehamkin
Frank Adu ... Drill Sergeant
Edmond Ardisson ... Priest

Féodor Atkine ... Mikhail (as Feodor Atkine)
Albert Augier ... Waiter
Yves Barsacq ... Rimsky (as Yves Barsaco)
Lloyd Battista ... Don Francisco
Jack Berard ... General Lecoq
Eva Betrand ... Woman Hygiene Class
George Birt ... Doctor
Yves Brainville ... Andre

Gérard Buhr ... Servant (as Gerard Buhr)
Brian Coburn ... Dimitri
Henri Coutet ... Minskov
Patricia Crown ... Cheerleader
Henri Czarniak ... Ivan (as Henry Czarniak)
Despo Diamantidou ... Mother
Sandor Elès ... Soldier 2 (as Sandor Eles)
Luce Fabiole ... Grandmother
Florian ... Uncle Nikolai
Jacqueline Fogt ... Ludmilla
Sol Frieder ... Voskovec (as Sol L. Frieder)
Olga Georges-Picot ... Countess Alexandrovna

Harold Gould ... Anton
Harry Hankin ... Uncle Sasha

Jessica Harper ... Natasha

Tony Jay ... Vladimir Maximovitch
Tutte Lemkow ... Pierre
Jack Lenoir ... Krapotkin
Leib Lensky ... Father Andre
Anne Lonnberg ... Olga (as Ann Lonnberg)
Roger Lumont ... 1st Baker

Alfred Lutter III ... Young Boris
Edward Marcus ... Raskov (as Ed Marcus)
Jacques Maury ... Second
Narcissa McKinley ... Cheerleader

Aubrey Morris ... Soldier 4
Denise Péron ... Spanish Countess (as Denise Peron)
Beth Porter ... Anna
Alan Rossett ... Guard
Shimen Ruskin ... Borslov
Percival Russel ... Berdykov (as Persival Russel)
Chris Sanders ... Joseph
Zvee Scooler ... Father
C.A.R. Smith ... Father Nikolai
Fred Smith ... Soldier
Bernard Taylor ... Soldier 3
Clément Thierry ... Jacques (as Clement-Thierry)
Alan Tilvern ... Sergeant

James Tolkan ... Napoleon
Hélène Vallier ... Madame Wolfe (as Helene Vallier)
Howard Vernon ... General Leveque
Glenn Williams ... Soldier 1

Jacob Witkin ... Sushkin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rebecca Potok ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Norman Rose ... Death (voice) (uncredited)
Andrée Tainsy ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Fred T. Gallo .... associate producer
Charles H. Joffe .... producer
Martin Poll .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Ghislain Cloquet (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ron Kalish (film editor)
Ralph Rosenblum (edited by)
George Hively (uncredited)
Casting by
Miriam Brickman (casting)
Juliet Taylor (casting: MDA)
Blanche Wiesenfeld (casting)
Art Direction by
Willy Holt 
Costume Design by
Gladys de Segonzac  (as Gladys De Segonzac)
Makeup Department
Renée Guidet .... hairdresser (as Renee Guidet)
Anatole Paris .... makeup
Marie-Madeleine Paris .... makeup
Production Management
Jean-Marie Durand .... unit manager
Patrick Gordon .... assistant unit manager
Suzanne Wiesenfeld .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Cohn .... second assistant director
Paul Feyder .... first assistant director
Zsuzsanna Mills .... second assistant director: Hungary (uncredited)
Art Department
Louis Boussaroque .... outside buyer
Jean Brunet .... standby propman
Marc Frédérix .... assistant art director (as Marc Frederix)
Claude Reytinas .... set dresser
Sound Department
Daniel Brisseau .... sound mixer
Gérard de Lagarde .... boom operator (as Gerard De Lagarde)
Al Gramaglia .... re-recording mixer: Magno Sound, Inc.
Dan Sable .... sound editing: Magnofex
Michael Kirchberger .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Dawson .... assistant special effects
Kit West .... chief special effects
Gábor Piroch .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Apoteker .... still photographer
Philippe Houdart .... second assistant cameraman
René Strasser .... head grip (as Rene Strasser)
Guy Testa-Rossa .... first assistant cameraman
Michel Vocoret .... head gaffer
Daniel Vogel .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andree Demarez .... wardrobe
Imre Béres .... dresser (uncredited)
Imre Béres .... tailor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Marilyn McLaren .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Felix Giglio .... music supervisor
Sergei Prokofiev .... music by (as S. Prokofiev)
Other crew
Catherine Prévert .... script supervisor (as Catherine Prevert)
Adele Sanders .... auditor
Marie-José Testard .... accountant
Blanche Wiesenfeld .... production secretary
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:PG (certificate #24301)
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Did You Know?

After filming Love and Death (1975), the shoot was so difficult filming in Paris and Hungary, Woody Allen vowed never to shoot there again. Interestingly, considering this, Shadows and Fog (1991) is set in Eastern / Central Europe and was not shot there, but on huge sound stages at New York's Astoria Studios. However, Allen in later years has shot in Europe and England. Everyone Says I Love You (1996) was the first Woody Allen directed film since Love and Death (1975) to be shot outside of New York.See more »
Continuity: During the boot camp "training montage" Boris's uniform changes between one with black cuffs and collar and one with red cuffs and collar.See more »
[first lines]
Boris:How I got into this predicament I'll never know. Absolutely incredible. To be executed for a crime I never committed. Of course, isn't all mankind in the same boat? Isn't all mankind ultimately executed for a crime it never committed? The difference is that all men go eventually, but I go six o'clock tomorrow morning. I was supposed to go at five o'clock but I have a smart lawyer. Got leniency.
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Movie Connections:
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
One of Woody's (or anybody's) funniest., 20 May 1999
Author: Hermit C-2 from Marietta, GA, USA

Which movie of Woody's was it in which he talked to aliens who expressed a liking for his "early, funny" movies? In any case this is perhaps his funniest. His lampooning of the great Russian dramas are hilarious to those who have even a passing familiarity with them, and even if you don't, the jokes come so fast and furious that it literally is a laugh a minute--at least! Woody and Diane Keaton were a great comedy team. They were really at the top of their game when they made this one. I'll resist the urge to repeat laugh lines here and just recommend that fans of good comedy see it.

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