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Release Date:
17 September 1976 (USA) See more »
America's Most Unlikely Hero.
A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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A funny and savage indictment of a crazy era See more (56 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Allen ... Howard Prince

Zero Mostel ... Hecky Brown
Herschel Bernardi ... Phil Sussman

Michael Murphy ... Alfred Miller

Andrea Marcovicci ... Florence Barrett
Remak Ramsay ... Hennessey
Marvin Lichterman ... Myer Prince
Lloyd Gough ... Delaney

David Margulies ... Phelps
Joshua Shelley ... Sam
Norman Rose ... Howard's Attorney

Charles Kimbrough ... Committee Counselor

Josef Sommer ... Committee Chairman (as M. Josef Sommer)

Danny Aiello ... Danny LaGattuta

Georgann Johnson ... T. V. Interviewer
Scott McKay ... Hampton

David Clarke ... Hubert Jackson
I.W. Klein ... Bank Teller
John Bentley ... Bartender
Julie Garfield ... Margo
Murray Moston ... Boss
MacIntyre Dixon ... Harry Stone (as McIntyre Dixon)
Rudolph Willrich ... Tailman (as Rudolph Wilrich)
Burt Britton ... Bookseller
Albert Ottenheimer ... School Principal (as Albert M. Ottenheimer)
William Bogert ... Parks
Joey Faye ... Waiter
Marilyn Sokol ... Sandy
John J. Slater ... T. V. Director
Renee Paris ... Girl In Hotel Lobby (as Renée Paris)
Gino Gennaro ... Stage Hand
Joan Porter ... Myer's Wife
Andrew Bernstein ... Alfred's Child
Jacob Bernstein ... Alfred's Child
Matthew Tobin ... Man At Party
Marilyn Persky ... His Date

Sam McMurray ... Young Man At Party
Joe Jamrog ... F B I Man
Michael B. Miller ... F B I Man (as Michael Miller)

Lucy Lee Flippin ... Nurse
Jack Davidson ... Congressman
Donald Symington ... Congressman
Pat McNamara ... Federal Marshal (as Patrick McNamara)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mamie Eisenhower ... Herself (archive footage)
Ethel Rosenberg ... Herself (archive footage)
Joseph Bergmann ... Demonstrator (uncredited)

Carson Grant ... Eddy Waiter (uncredited)
Stephen Hayes ... Alfred's child (uncredited)
Lauren Simon ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Frank Verroca ... Hotel Bellman (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
Writing credits
Walter Bernstein (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... associate producer
Charles H. Joffe .... executive producer
Martin Ritt .... producer
Jack Rollins .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Levin 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Art Direction by
Charles Bailey 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
Philip Leto .... hair stylist (as Phil Leto)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen .... dga trainee
Howard Himmelstein .... dga trainee
Peter R. Scoppa .... assistant director (as Peter Scoppa)
Ralph S. Singleton .... second assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joseph Caracciolo)
Marjorie Kellogg .... assistant art director
Bruno Robotti .... master scenic artist
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Vito L. Ilardi .... boom operator (as Vito Ilardi)
John H. Newman .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer
James G. Stewart .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Stewart)
Roger Pietschmann .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... matte effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Johnson .... second assistant camera
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Tibor Sands .... first assistant camera
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Robert Ward .... key grip
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peggy Farrell .... wardrober: ladies
George Newman .... wardrober: men
Editorial Department
Hy Friedman .... assistant editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Transportation Department
James Fanning .... transportation captain
Other crew
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Peter Burrell .... location manager
Christopher Cronyn .... location manager (as Chris Cronyn)
Patricia Crown .... production assistant
Golda David .... assistant to producer
David Garfield .... production assistant
Sam Goldrich .... production auditor (as Samuel Goldrich)
Lois Kramer Hartwick .... production office coordinator (as Lois Kramer)
Scott MacDonough .... unit publicist (as Scott Mac Donough)
Susan McMahon .... payroll
Beth Rudin .... production assistant
Dennis Kear .... stand-in: Woody Allen (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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95 min
Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:12 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | USA:PG (Approved No. 24495) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

First straight dramatic role of actor-comedian Woody Allen.See more »
Continuity: Investigator Hennessey, as his name is spelled in the credits, is shown sitting at his desk on which there is a nameplate which reads Francis K. Hennessy.See more »
Howard Prince:Where are you from?
Florence Barrett:Connecticut.
Howard Prince:That's very ritzy.
Florence Barrett:It's very proper anyway. I was very well bred - the kind of family where the biggest sin was to raise your voice.
Howard Prince:Oh yeah? In my family the biggest sin was to pay retail.
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Referenced in Manhattan (1979)See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A funny and savage indictment of a crazy era, 30 August 2001
Author: Gyran from Birmingham, England

This film is directed by Martin Ritt from a screenplay by Walter Bernstein. Both director and writer, along with several members of the cast, were blacklisted during the 1950s. Woody Allen stars as Howard Prince a good-for-nothing restaurant cashier and part-time bookmaker. At the start of this film, Allen has the total schmuck persona that he used in many of his earlier films but as the film progresses he gradually develops a conscience until the ‘happy' ending when he performs an honorable act and is led away to prison. Ritt and Bernstein are highlighting the idiocy of the blacklist by having as their hero the money-grabbing, self-serving Prince. Eventually, even he cannot stomach what is going on in the name of decency and freedom. The film is darkly humorous and chilling in its depiction of an era when the owner of a small grocery store could dictate to a national network who it could and could not employ. At one point Prince has to rewrite a script about the holocaust because the programme sponsor is a gas company.

The film is a real achievement being both funny and a savage indictment of a crazy era, told with feeling by people who lived through it and suffered under it. The only misjudged performance is Zero Mostel's maudlin comedian. Michael Murphy turns up again as he does in many of Allen's early films. Andrea Marcovicci is effective as the beautiful and cerebral script editor who falls for Prince. Prince agonises over whether she loves the man or the artist, surely the inspiration for Allen's own exploration of the same theme in Bullets over Broadway nearly 20 years later.

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