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Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
16 July 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Six characters in search of love [Video]
Plot:
A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Manhattan in the woods See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Allen ... Andrew

Mia Farrow ... Ariel

José Ferrer ... Leopold (as Jose Ferrer)

Julie Hagerty ... Dulcy

Tony Roberts ... Maxwell

Mary Steenburgen ... Adrian
Adam Redfield ... Student Foxx
Moishe Rosenfeld ... Mr. Hayes
Timothy Jenkins ... Mr. Thomson
Michael Higgins ... Reynolds
Sol Frieder ... Carstairs
Boris Zoubok ... Purvis
Thomas Barbour ... Blint

Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Mrs. Baker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Copeland ... (uncredited)
Tony Farentino ... (uncredited)
Caitlin O'Heaney ... Dolores Farrar (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... executive producer
Michael Peyser .... associate producer
Jack Rollins .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Mel Bourne 
 
Art Direction by
Speed Hopkins 
 
Set Decoration by
Carol Joffe 
 
Costume Design by
Santo Loquasto 
 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup designer
Romaine Greene .... hair designer
Jay Cannistraci .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frederic B. Blankfein .... first assistant director (as Fredric B. Blankfein)
Tony Gittelson .... second assistant director (as Anthony Gittelson)
Thomas A. Reilly .... second assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
Duncan Scott .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... chief set dresser
Robert Bauer .... construction grip (as Bob Bauer)
Gregory Bolton .... assistant art director
Herb Darrell .... shop craftsman
Glen Engels .... construction grip
James Halligan .... construction grip
Susan Kaufman .... art department coordinator
James Mazzola .... property master
Toni Ross .... art department coordinator
Janet Shaw .... set dresser
Cosmo Sorice .... standby scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Kenneth Vogt .... property man
Anthony Zappia .... shop craftsman (as Tony Zappia)
Polly Wood-Holland .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Marjorie Deutsch .... sound editor
Frank Graziadei .... sound recordist
Jack Higgins .... re-recording mixer
Melissa A. Higgins .... assistant sound editor
Beriau Picard .... assistant sound editor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom man
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable .... apprentice sound editor
 
Stunts
David Copeland .... stunt double: Mr. Allen (as J. David Copeland)
Tony Farentino .... stunt double: Mr. Roberts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Douglas C. Hart .... assistant cameraman
Ronald M. Lautore .... camera operator
Dave McClean .... best boy
Robert Paone .... second assistant cameraman (as Bob Paone)
Jeri Sopanen .... cameraman: second unit
Louis S. Toth Jr. .... dolly grip
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
David J. Schweitzer .... special photography effects (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Russ Mooney .... animator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Paula Herold .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Christians .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Lancey Saunders Clough .... wardrobe supervisor: women
 
Editorial Department
Pamela Scott Arnold .... assistant film editor (as Pamela S. Arnold)
Richard Nord .... first assistant film editor
Christine P. Williams .... apprentice film editor
 
Transportation Department
Rocco Derasmo .... transportation captain
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nicholas Bernstein .... production assistant
Timothy M. Bourne .... location scout (as Timothy Marshall Bourne)
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
James A. Davis .... production assistant (as James Davis)
David Epstein .... assistant location auditor
James Greenhut .... production assistant
Anne Gyory .... location scout
Joseph Hartwick .... location auditor
Nicole Holofcener .... production assistant
Jeffrey Kurland .... assistant: Mr. Loquasto
Diana Laptook .... location scout
Michael Lindgren .... location scout
Gloria Norris .... assistant: Mr. Allen
Joseph Pierson .... production assistant
Helen Robin .... production coordinator
Gail Sicilia .... unit publicist
Andrea Snyder .... production assistant
Todd Thaler .... assistant production coordinator
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... location projectionist (as Carl Turnquest)
Pat Walke .... chapman crane operator
Stephanie Farrow .... stand-in: Ms. Farrow (uncredited)
Dennis Kear .... stand-in: Woody Allen (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Elizabeth Forsling Harris .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: executive director of The New York State Office for Motion Picture and Television Development
Nancy Littlefield .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: executive director of the Mayor's Office for Motion Pictures and Television
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
88 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Actress Mia Farrow has said of her difficulties in acting on this film in her autobiography 'What Falls Away': "At times during shooting, I was overpowered by such a paralysis that I couldn't understand who the characters were supposed to be or what they were doing. Woody, now my director, was a stranger to me. His icy sternness pushed my apprehension toward raw fear. I was no artist, only the most inept poseur. This seemingly straightforward material was beyond my capabilities. I remembered the movie Pat and Mike (1952), in which Katharine Hepburn, a professional athlete, was unable to do a thing when Spencer Tracy was around. My instincts, an actor's lifeline, screamed to head for the hills. By mid-movie I had an ulcer and was taking Tagamet four times a day. I was so apprehensive, dispirited, and humiliated, and so convinced I had failed Woody; that I asked if in the future, if there was a future, I could be his assistant, so I wouldn't have to act. He looked at me doubtfully and said, 'It's hard work being an assistant'."See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Jose Ferrer sings the song, "The Lord's Prayer", which was not written by Albert Hay Malotte until 1935, even though the film was set much earlier.See more »
Quotes:
Leopold:I had the privilege of escorting Ariel through the Sistine Chapel for the first time in her life and explaining to her exactly why Michelangelo's ceiling was indeed great.
Ariel:When Raphael first laid eyes on it, he fainted.
Andrew:Had he eaten?
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Soundtrack:
Die schöne Müllerin, D795 No.2: 'Wohin?See more »

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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Manhattan in the woods, 30 August 2001
Author: Gyran from Birmingham, England

When I saw this film I thought it was from Allen's early period and I thought of it as a prototype Manhattan but when I checked the chronology I discovered that it belongs to his middle period and postdates both Annie Hall and Manhattan. It really is like Manhattan set in the woods of New England. As far as I can see, it is his first film with Mia Farrow and his camera is besotted with her as are all the male characters in the film. Mary Steeburgen also looks good although I can never work out whether she really can act or whether she is just having trouble with her contact lenses. The scenes of New England are beautifully shot and are ravishing to look at. I thought the element of mysticism sat uneasily with the rest of the film.

This film is said to be Allen's take on the Bergman film Three Smiles of a Summer Night although I cannot comment on this because I last saw the Bergman film 35 years ago at a student film society. Maybe the mystical element in Allen's film is lifted from Bergman. There are also obvious parallels with A Midsummer Night's Dream with the mortals swapping partners and with spirits flitting about in the woods. In keeping with the subject matter, Allen uses Mendelssohn for the incidental music rather that his usual classic jazz numbers.

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