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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 19 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Beneath his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat." See more (230 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-12 | 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 actual age difference between Woody Allen and Mariel Hemingway is 26 years (almost the same as the characters they play in the movie, which is 25 years).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera and crew reflected on passing cars while following Isaac running down the street.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:
References Casablanca (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
Do-Do-DoSee more »

FAQ

Why was "Manhattan" shot in black & white?
Is "Manhattan" based on a book?
What did Isaac mean when he told Mary that they could "trade fours"?
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
"Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Beneath his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat.", 11 May 2007
Author: ackstasis from Australia

After the phenomenal success of 'Annie Hall,' the hilarious Oscar-winning comedy detailing the romantic exploits of neurotic Jewish comedian Alvey Singer, Woody Allen had become of America's most respected filmmakers. In 1979, he released what is generally accepted as his second great masterpiece, 'Manhattan,' a poignant tribute to the city that Allen loves so dearly. Written by Allen and his 'Annie Hall'-collaborator Marshall Brickman, 'Manhattan' stars Allen as Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced, 42-year-old comedy writer who is intimately involved with a 17-year-old high school student, Tracy (an Oscar-nominated Mariel Hemingway). Meanwhile, Isaac begins to fall for Mary (Diane Keaton), who is the secret mistress of his best friend (Michael Murphy). Adding to all of Isaac's troubles, his former second wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), who had originally left him for another woman, has plans to write a tell-all book on their failed marriage.

If this all seems very confusing to you, then you're not alone. Just as in 'Annie Hall,' Allen plays the hopeless romantic who is struggling desperately to understand the maddening complexity of human relationships. Though Tracy is only seventeen years old, she is arguably the most honest and mature of the women in Isaac's life; nonetheless, he doesn't treat her seriously. In his mind, anything that she says is quite obviously influenced by the naivety and downright ignorance of the young. Their relationship was never meant to be anything more than a brief "fling," and so he feels no guilt for seeing another woman behind his back, an act that makes him livid when it ultimately happens to him.

'Manhattan' was shot in beautiful crisp black-and-white by Gordon Willis, who has also worked on, among countless other films, 'Annie Hall' and the three installments of 'The Godfather.' The cinematography offers New York City a romantic 1940s feel, reminiscent of how Allen claims to remember the city as a child: "Maybe it's a reminiscence from old photographs, films, books and all that. But that's how I remember New York. I always heard Gershwin music with it, too. In 'Manhattan' I really think that we — that's me and cinematographer Gordon Willis — succeeded in showing the city. When you see it there on that big screen it's really decadent."

Mysteriously, this film remains the least-liked by the director himself, though, at the same time, it was also his most commercially successful. As you've no doubt already noticed from this review, 'Manhattan' is often likened to 1977's 'Annie Hall,' perhaps due to the repeated casting of Allen and Keaton (a not uncommon occurrence) or its similar attempt to uncover the elusive secrets behind love and relationships. In terms of film-making style, however, the films are quite dissimilar. Unlike the highly-energetic 'Annie Hall' – which cut back and forward in time, visited old memories, broke the fourth wall and made conversations with passing extras – 'Manhattan' boasts a more classical approach – quiet, softly-spoken and accompanied by a wistfully slow jazzy soundtrack, also relying heavily on the works of George Gershwin.

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