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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:
Magical film about the city and those looking for love 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 | Finland:K-7 (2012) | 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 movie inspired the song, "Remember Manhattan", released on Richard Marx's debut album.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the first scene at Elaine's, as Isaac is beginning to say something, someone (presumably a customer of the restaurant, as it was running while they were shooting) walks in front of the camera. Isaac laughs, and quickly recovers with an impromptu remark about how his girlfriend has to go and do homework.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:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love Is Sweeping the CountrySee more »

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110 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
Magical film about the city and those looking for love, 5 January 2005
Author: j30bell (j30bell@yahoo.co.uk) from London, England

Woody Allen once said that, whereas Scorsese had generated a host of imitators, he had generated none. This may be true; films like Manhattan certainly come along far too infrequently.

That this is such a gorgeous film may strike those following the formulaic, Hollywood approach to cinema as strange and heretical. The story is unexciting (restless male in love triangle), most of the characters are unsympathetic, at least on the surface (particularly Isaac), Allen leaves lose ends lying around all over the place, and there's certainly no action (unless you count the car-chase-without-a-chase-scene involving Diane Keaton, Woody Allen and a VW Beetle).

So why should any self-respecting member of the MTV generation spend time on this film? Well, here are a few reasons.

The script is wit of the highest order. This is not gag-a-minute humour like Friends, but an altogether more acute art form stemming from character, some wonderful dialogue and a fair amount of darkness (I love the bit about Isaac trying to run over his ex-wife's lover). Allen is also prepared to turn his biting satire to personal issues, such as being Jewish. Just don't expect someone to look shrug their shoulders, slap their forehead and with mid-rising intonation say d'uh! It's not that kind of comedy.

Then there is the gorgeous cinematography. Woody loves Manhattan and you can certainly tell. If there is one criticism of the film, it is that it leaves a rather picture postcard impression of the city, but I suppose if it's love, then it's love. Much of the film appears to have been shot at either sunrise or sunset to soften the light, and there are spectacular views of the towers, bridges and waterways of America's finest metropolis.

Then, I suppose, there is the fact that Manhattan is probably the archetypal Woody Allen film. Other films may be better, like Annie Hall or Hannah and Her Sisters but, in Manhattan, all the elements of Allen's style are in perfect balance. There's the jazz, the neurotic, unsympathetic lead, the choice between stable and highly-strung women, the self-mocking humour (hilariously done in the opening voice-over), the railing against intellectual snobbery, the deep unease with popular culture.

And there are great performances. Allen is at his most difficult – and in some ways his least likable. As Isaac, he's trying to do the right thing, but is rarely selfless enough to follow through with it. Diane Keaton is great as Mary, the lynchpin between the two love triangles – vain, pretentious and yet you can see why Isaac falls for her. Well, all the actors are great, and very believable, but special mention must go to Meryl Streep, who manages to steal the show with her tiny cameo as Isaac's ex-wife, writing a book about their break-up and living with their son and her lover. She is magnificent.

Of course, the film will also do nothing to dispel the popular rumour that New Yorkers are neurotic, self-obsessed and self-indulgent – at least that narrow social circle Allen so often writes about. If you don't mind that, though (and I'm English, so what do I care) you're in for a treat. As with the city itself, the memories of this film will stay with you forever.

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