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New York, New York (1977)

 -  Drama | Music | Musical  -  21 June 1977 (USA)
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An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb.

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Tony Harwell
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Paul Wilson
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Bernice Bennett
Georgie Auld ...
Frankie Harte
George Memmoli ...
Nicky
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Palm Club Owner
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Horace Morris
Leonard Gaines ...
Artie Kirks (as Lenny Gaines)
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Cecil Powell
Kathi McGinnis ...
Ellen Flannery
Norman Palmer ...
Desk Clerk
Adam David Winkler ...
Jimmy Doyle Jr.
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The day WWII ends, Jimmy, a selfish and smooth-talking musician, meets Francine, a lounge singer. From that moment on, their relationship grows into love as they struggle with their careers and aim for the top. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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The war was over and the world was falling in love again. See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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21 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nea Yorki, Nea Yorki  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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| (1981 re-issue) | (re-cut)

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Robert De Niro learned to play the saxophone for this film to make his performance look more authentic. See more »

Goofs

During the VJ dance sequence when Jimmy (DeNiro) is initially trying to pick up Francine (Minnelli), the cherry in her drink disappears (when she eats it in one shot) but then reappears in her drink only to disappear in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Where is she?
Tony Harwell: Why should I tell you where she is if she doesn't tell you where she is in the letter?
Jimmy: Then why do you take the time to come out to Brooklyn to give me this letter if you don't think she cares enough about me to let me know where she is, or to let you know to let me know where she is? Doesn't that makes sense to you?
Tony Harwell: It should, but it don't.
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Soundtracks

Happy Endings
(restored print of the film only)
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by Liza Minnelli (uncredited), Larry Kert (uncredited) and chorus
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The "lost" Scorsese film
3 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a real change of pace for director Martin Scorsese--he decided to do a drama/love story with music set in the 1940s. But he wanted a DOWNBEAT film. It was released in 1977 (after about 20 minutes were cut out by the studio) and was torn apart by the critics. It was reissued in 1981 with all the cut footage restored (it now runs 165 minutes) and the critics raved about it! Go figure. After that, however, it seemed to disappear. Too bad--it's actually good.

It's about clarinet player Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro) falling in love with Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli). She's a singer and they preform together in the same band. But Jimmy has serious temper problems and when Francine gets pregnant things go out of control.

The film is certainly stunning to look at--the sets and cinematography are just great. Some of the sets are (quite obviously) fake but it actually works in this movie. It seems to be a homage to the big, splashy Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s--but has its characters act like real people and deal with adult situations. The direction by Scorsese is (of course) wonderful. What's especially surprising is his directing of the big "Happy Endings" musical number (which was originally completely cut)--who knew Scorsese could direct a musical?

The acting is good--almost too good. Minnelli is very good as Francine--she's just magical when she sings and there's a powerful sequence when she just explodes in the back of a car. De Niro plays Doyle as an insensitive jerk--and that's the main problem with this film. His character is loud, immature, obnoxious and always pushing Minnelli around. More than once I wanted her to turn around and punch him out. His character is so unlikable it's hard to really give a damn about him. But Minnelli is beautiful and likable and the sets are unbelievable. The music is great and when Minnelli sings "New York New York" you can't take your eyes from the screen. Also old time stage actor Larry Kert (who sadly died on AIDS in 1991) pops up at the "Happy Endings" sequence--what a voice!

A lot of people find this film sick and too dark--it is, but it IS a Martin Scorsese film. It should be reissued again and find a new audience. It's been over 20 years. Well worth seeing.


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