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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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Director:
Writers:
Woody Allen (written by) and
Marshall Brickman (written by)
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Release Date:
25 April 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Woody Allen's New Comedy Hit
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Neurotic in NYC See more (233 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Chile:18 | 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film features the music of George Gershwin including his famous piece, 'Rhapsody in Blue', which has been said to have inspired the movie. In a discussion with 'Silvio Bizio', Woody Allen said that the picture "evolved from the music. I was listening to a record album of overtures from famous George Gershwin shows, and I thought 'This would be a beautiful thing to make a movie in black-and-white, you know, and make a romantic movie".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Mark Linn-Baker appears to be credited as Mary Linn-Baker.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in I Am Woody (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
But Not for MeSee more »

FAQ

Why is this always letterboxed?
Was this the first film to be letterboxed on home video?
What did Isaac mean when he told Mary that they could "trade fours"?
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24 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Neurotic in NYC, 4 February 2008
Author: evanston_dad from United States

Woody Allen has been churning out mediocre films for so long now that it's easy to forget how good some of his older films were. "Manhattan" is the product of Allen's "mature" 1970s phase, the phase that also produced "Annie Hall" and "Interiors," and it's a wonderful film. It's not the plot that makes it singular -- it's typical upper-crust New York Allen, full of neurotic people in therapy cheating on one another and making mistake after mistake in their pursuit of what they think will make them happy. No, what makes "Manhattan" so effective is its style. Filmed in black and white (because, as Allen's character says in an opening voice over, New York is a city that has always and will always exist in black and white), the film is a love letter to NYC, and it suggests that the neuroses that fill its denizens are as much a part of the city's character as its architecture, culture and diversity. I would instantly be annoyed by the people that populate Allen's films if I met them in any other context. As it is, I can't imagine any Allen film (at least not one set in New York) without them.

Grade: A

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