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16 July 1982 (USA) See more »
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  (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
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)
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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88 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

The eleventh feature film directed by Woody Allen.See more »
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 »
Ariel:How's your marriage?
Andrew:My marriage is fine.
Andrew:It's not working but it's fine.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Shakespeare and Bergman and Sprites and Spirits oh my, 31 May 2005
Author: canadude

When I look at his filmography on this site and count the films I consider great from the 70s till the early 90s I only stumble over two or three entries I am not fond of. Granted, some are greater than others, but Woody Allen essentially created consistently excellent films for two decades. Whether comedy or drama, whether set in New York or elsewhere, his films are not only great American films, but they belong in the international arena of film art.

Having said all that, and hopefully having disclosed my own bias in discussing the man's work, I can say without further ado that I loved "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy." It is hardly the type of Woody Allen film that would receive dozens of critical accolades and nominations (in fact it was only nominated for a Razzie), but I think that can be explained by the fact that Woody Allen set a bar of expectation for himself. When you watch "Manhattan" or "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and then this you see a change of pace, a sort of lighter tone. That does not, however, mean that this film is without its merits. Taken strictly as a film, not as a Woody Allen film, it is plain wonderful. I think that goes for most of his films (except maybe some of the more recent ones).

Allen, of course, is up to his usual tricks again - he takes a Bergman film ("Smiles of a Summer Night") and spoofs it, makes it his own and I think successfully. The atmosphere of this film is what makes it so watchable - the beautiful blend of humor, nostalgia and unfulfilled desire, which I think he perfected in "Radio Days," come through exquisitely. It's also an interesting move away from the stark atheism, or at least agnosticism of his earlier films - the presence of spirits, shadows and ghosts, things unexplained by science, unaccounted for by our sentient experience.

The most interesting aspect of it is that this mystical theme is hardly incongruous with Allen's other films, including his tragedies. Whether his films underline the hopelessness of existence (like "Interiors") or the mystical, and thus hopeful nature of human relationships, they only differ by the mood the storyteller is in when he speaks of them.

Here we have an entirely Shakespearean comedy full of criss-crossing love affairs, absurd relations, untamed desires all leading to hilarious revelations, or serious revelations under the most comic circumstances. Jose Ferrer is remarkable as Professor Leopold, a cold, atheistic intellectual, an accomplished thinker and professor. Contrary to his character, Allen bestows him with some of the funniest lines in the entire film. For example, when he realizes that his marriage to Mia Farrow's Ariel will be the end of his bachelorhood and that he is attracted to Julie Hagerty's nurse Dulcy, he attempts to compliment Dulcy over a game of chess. He says: "You have a wonderful flair for spatial relationships." These little speeches are completely in line with the comic absurdity of the whole, like Tony Robert's Maxwell, a romantic doctor who, gets shot not once, but twice in the film (once for love and once for revenge {meant for someone else}, nonetheless), or Woody Allen's stockbroker / inventor Andrew.

There is such joy in this film, such passion. Yes, maybe "Radio Days" is more articulate and personal on the subject, maybe "Crimes and Misdemeanors" is one of his best tragedies, "Manhattan" one of my favorite of his films along with "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Another Woman." And, while "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" is not as great, in my humble opinion, as the aforementioned films, it is still a great film, if that makes any sense.

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