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The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

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In 1930s New Jersey, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

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Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey during the Depression and is searching for an escape from her dreary life. Tom Baxter is a dashing young archaeologist in the film "The Purple Rose of Cairo." After losing her job Cecilia goes to see the film in hopes of raising her spirits. Much to her surprise Tom Baxter walks off the screen and into her life. There's only one problem..Tom isn't real. Meanwhile Hollywood is up in arms when they dicover that other Tom Baxters are trying to leave the screen in other theatres. Will Tom ever return and finish the film or will he decide to stay in the real world? Written by Ricky Darbonne <nsdar8115@alpha.nsula.edu>

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She's finally met the man of her dreams. He's not real but you can't have everything. [Video]


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9 May 1985 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

La rosa púrpura del Cairo  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,600,000 (USA)
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According to Eric Lax's book, this movie is one of Woody Allen's favorite films which are (in order): Match Point (2005), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Stardust Memories (1980), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). See more »

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As Cecilia and Gil play and sing in the music store, the camera casts a shadow in the lower left that disappears as it pulls back to a wide angle shot. See more »

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Theater Manager: Oh Cecilia, be careful! You all right?
Cecilia: Yeah.
Theater Manager: You're gonna like this one, it's better than last week's, more romantic.
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Alexander Cohen's name is listed as "Alexander H. Cohen" in the opening credits, although the middle initial is dropped in the end credits. See more »

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Alabamy Bound
(1925)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. De Sylva) and Bud Green
Played by Cynthia Sayer (uncredited) and
Sung by Jeff Daniels (uncredited)
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Nice Mix Makes This Inventive Film Appealing
19 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a unique storyline - a character comes right out of the movie screen to join the "real" world - at the time. I've seen several others copy this sort of thing, although it also was done in some silent comedies, too, if memory serves. Nonetheless, it was done well here and I got a kick out of watching it back in the '80s. It's part fantasy, romance, drama, comedy. Woody Allen, who made this movie, is not on screen.

I have found (with one or two exceptions) that I like the best when he only narrated, such as in "Radio Days" and "Sweet And Lowdown." I like it when he leaves the acting to others.

Mia Farrow as "Cecilia" Jeff Daniels does a terrific job in a dual role, playing Tom Baxter and Gil Shepherd. One an actor, the other a "real-life" guy. Mia Farrow is appealing, as she usually was, as "Cecilia." Danny Aiello is another usually-interesting actor who gets your attention no matter who he is playing.

An inventive film that still holds up today.


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