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Manhattan -- Woody Allen portrays a very successful television writer who is tired of churning out pap comedy, and sets out to write a serious novel.  He can make people laugh, but can he make them feel?  Allen seems also set on collecting for himself every neurosis known to humankind.  He sometimes lives with teenager Mariel Hemingway, but their age difference is producing guilt.  Introduced to Diane Keaton, Allen finds her annoying, aggressive...and fascinating.  He leaves Hemingway, however, Keaton returns to her former lover, Allen's best friends, and they become "just friends."  Allen's ex-wife (Meryl Streep) has written a successful book, "Marriage, Divorce and Selfhood"--it turns Allen into a worldwide weirdo and explains her newfound lesbianism.  When the abandoned Hemingway is about to leave the country to finish her education, Allen realizes the depth of his love for her.
Manhattan -- Trailer for Woody Allen's "Manhattan"


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Release Date:
25 April 1979 (USA) See more »
Woody Allen's New Comedy Hit
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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For anyone who's been in love, or anyone who loves New York. See more (233 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Allen ... Isaac

Diane Keaton ... Mary

Michael Murphy ... Yale

Mariel Hemingway ... Tracy

Meryl Streep ... Jill

Anne Byrne Hoffman ... Emily (as Anne Byrne)

Karen Ludwig ... Connie
Michael O'Donoghue ... Dennis
Victor Truro ... Party Guest

Tisa Farrow ... Party Guest
Helen Hanft ... Party Guest
Bella Abzug ... Guest of Honor
Gary Weis ... Television Director
Kenny Vance ... Television Producer
Charles Levin ... Television Actor #1

Karen Allen ... Television Actor #2

David Rasche ... Television Actor #3
Damion Scheller ... Isaac's Son

Wallace Shawn ... Jeremiah

Mark Linn-Baker ... Shakespearean Actor (as Mary Linn Baker)

Frances Conroy ... Shakespearean Actress
Bill Anthony ... Porsche Owner #1
John Doumanian ... Porsche Owner #2
Raymond Serra ... Pizzeria Waiter (as Ray Serra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Llewellyn Lafford ... Broadway Pedestrian (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by) and
Marshall Brickman (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... executive producer
Charles H. Joffe .... producer
Jack Rollins .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse (film editor)
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Mel Bourne 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Craig Lyman .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Martin Danzig .... production manager
Michael Peyser .... unit supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frederic B. Blankfein .... assistant director (as Fredric B. Blankfein)
Lewis Gould .... dga trainee (as Lewis H. Gould)
Joan Van Horn .... second assistant director (as Joan Spiegel Feinstein)
Art Department
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... carpenter (as Joseph Badaluco)
Leslie Bloom .... property master
Justin Scoppa Jr. .... set dresser
Cosmo Sorice .... scenic artist
James Sorice .... scenic artist
Morris Weinman .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jack Higgins .... re-recording mixer
Vito L. Ilardi .... boom man (as Vito Ilardi)
Lowell Mate .... assistant sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Victoria Vanderkloot .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Jim Hovey .... assistant cameraman (as James Hovey)
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Robert Paone .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Howard Feuer .... casting associate
Jeremy Ritzer .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clifford Capone .... costumer
C.J. Donnelly .... wardrobe supervisor
Ralph Lauren .... wardrobe: Mr. Allen
Editorial Department
Michael R. Miller .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Bud Graham .... music recording engineer
Andrew Kazdin .... audio producer: New York Philharmonic
Ray Moore .... music recording engineer
Tom Pierson .... music adaptor
Tom Pierson .... music arranger
Don Rose .... music arranger: Buffalo Philharmonic
Transportation Department
James Fanning .... transportation captain
Other crew
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Cheryl Hill .... production assistant
Scott MacDonough .... unit publicist
Kathleen McGill .... location auditor
Jennifer Ogden .... production office coordinator
Gail Sicilia .... assistant: Mr. Allen
Robert E. Warren .... production assistant
Charles Zalben .... production assistant
Dennis Kear .... stand-in: Woody Allen (uncredited)
Paul Glanzman .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Lieutenant Paul Glanzman)
Ed Koch .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Mayor Ed Koch)
Nancy Littlefield .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
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96 min
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Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-7 (2012) | Finland:K-12 (1979) | France:U | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2006) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:12

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Manhattan (1979) was the third consecutive Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination in three consecutive years for Woody Allen but on this occasion shared with Marshall Brickman. The previous two Oscar noms were for Interiors (1978) and Annie Hall (1977), Allen winning only one of these, for the latter. For an Oscar, Allen would not be next nominated again for a script until Broadway Danny Rose (1984). From there, he would be nominated for the next three films in three consecutive years amounting to four Oscar screenplay noms in a row.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Mary (Diane Keaton) is supposed to be an intellectual, but when she says the name Diane Arbus, she mispronounces it, saying "Diane" the same way you would say Diane Keaton. Diane Arbus' first name is pronounced "Dee-Ann".See more »
[first lines]
[music: the opening of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Voiceover]
Isaac Davis:Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. Eh uh, no, make that he, he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. Uh, no, let me start this over.
Isaac Davis:Chapter One: He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street smart guys who seemed to know all the angles. Ah, corny, too corny for, you know, my taste. Let me, let me try and make it more profound.
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52 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
For anyone who's been in love, or anyone who loves New York., 3 January 1999
Author: Scorsese-2 from Little Italy

No-one can question Woody Allen's status as one of America's premier film directors, and anyone well-versed with his works should not hesitate before nominating 'Manhattan' as his finest film. This movie is a masterpiece; visually and intellectually, it shows Woody Allen at the absolute peak of his art. Shot in a stylistic black and white widescreen format, the cinematography of 'Manhattan' is breathtaking, and Allen's dialogue and command of situation are even better than usual, if that is possible. The heartfelt angst and bittersweet hopelessness of the characters are uncamouflaged even by the sleek cinematographic style of the movie. This movie is Woody Allen's valentine to the city he has such a symbiotic relationship with, and nowhere have I seen New York filmed as artistically as here. Mariel Hemmingway and Diane Keaton give inspired performances around Woody's perfectly played character resulting in what can only be considered a modern masterpiece.

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