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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 17 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mia Farrow ... Cecilia

Jeff Daniels ... Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd

Danny Aiello ... Monk
Irving Metzman ... Theater Manager
Stephanie Farrow ... Cecilia's Sister
David Kieserman ... Diner Boss
Elaine Grollman ... Diner Patron
Victoria Zussin ... Diner Patron
Mark Hammond ... Diner Patron
Wade Barnes ... Diner Patron
Joseph G. Graham ... Diner Patron
Don Quigley ... Diner Patron
Maurice Brenner ... Diner Patron

Paul Herman ... Penny Pitcher
Rick Petrucelli ... Penny Pitcher
Peter Castellotti ... Penny Pitcher
Milton Seaman ... Ticket Buyer
Mimi Weddell ... Ticket Buyer
Tom Degidon ... Ticket Taker
Mary Hedahl ... Popcorn Seller

Edward Herrmann ... Henry

John Wood ... Jason

Deborah Rush ... Rita

Van Johnson ... Larry Wilde

Zoe Caldwell ... The Countess
Eugene J. Anthony ... Arturo (as Eugene Anthony)
Ebb Miller ... Bandleader
Karen Akers ... Kitty Haynes
Annie Joe Edwards ... Delilah

Milo O'Shea ... Father Donnelly

Peter McRobbie ... The Communist
Camille Saviola ... Olga

Juliana Donald ... Usherette

Dianne Wiest ... Emma
Margaret Thompson ... Movie Audience
George Hamlin ... Movie Audience
Helen Hanft ... Movie Audience
Leo Postrel ... Movie Audience
Helen Miller ... Movie Audience
George Martin ... Movie Audience
Crystal Field ... Movie Audience
Ken Chapin ... Reporter

Robert Trebor ... Reporter
Benjamin Rayson ... Movie Goer
Jean Shevlin ... Movie Goer
Albert S. Bennett ... Movie Goer
Martha Sherrill ... Movie Goer
Gretchen MacLane ... Movie Goer
Edwin Bordo ... Movie Goer
Andrew Murphy ... Policeman #1
Tom Kubiak ... Policeman #2 (as Thomas Kubiak)
Alexander Cohen ... Raoul Hirsch

John Rothman ... Mr. Hirsch's Lawyer
Raymond Serra ... Hollywood Executive
George J. Manos ... Press Agent
David Tice ... Waiter
James Lynch ... Maitre D'
Sydney Blake ... Variety Reporter

Michael Tucker ... Gil's Agent

Peter Von Berg ... Drugstore Customer
David Weber ... Photo Double

Glenne Headly ... Hooker (as Glenne Headley)
Willie Tjan ... Hooker
Lela Ivey ... Hooker
Drinda Lalumia ... Hooker (as Drinda La Lumia)
Loretta Tupper ... Music Store Owner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marty Appel ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Fred Astaire ... Jerry Travers (archive footage) (uncredited)
Murray Bandel ... Extra - Movie Theater (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Crowd (uncredited)
George Maniere ... Trumpet Player at the Copa (uncredited)
Sharon Porter-Phillips ... (uncredited)
James Prendergast ... Waiter (uncredited)

Ginger Rogers ... Dale Tremont (archive footage) (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
Gail Sicilia .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dick Hyman 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
Art Direction by
Edward Pisoni 
Set Decoration by
Carol Joffe 
Costume Design by
Jeffrey Kurland 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup designer
Romaine Greene .... hair designer
Craig Lyman .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Peyser .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Chory .... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
Liz Ryan .... dga trainee
Art Department
Prudence Farrow .... art department coordinator
James V. Gartland .... construction grip (as James Gartland Jr.)
W. Steven Graham .... assistant art director
Dan Leigh .... assistant: Mr. Wurtzel
James Mazzola .... property master
Kevin McCarthy .... set dresser
Ron Petagna .... chief carpenter
Justin Scoppa Jr. .... additional set decorator (as Justin Scoppa)
Cosmo Sorice .... stand-by scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Kenneth Vogt .... property man
Dave Weinman .... chief set dresser
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Jean-Michel Folon .... poster designer: France (uncredited)
John Kasarda .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Dior .... re-recording mixer: Trans/Audio Inc. (as Richard Dior)
Kathleen Earle Killeen .... apprentice sound editor
Frank Graziadei .... sound recordist
Marty Levenstein .... assistant sound editor (as Martin Levenstein)
Stuart Lieberman .... assistant sound editor
Dan Lieberstein .... sound editor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom man
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Andrew Hansard .... process projectionist
Don Hansard .... process coordinator
Mitch Wilson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Burke .... grip
James Fitzpatrick .... best boy
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Douglas C. Hart .... assistant cameraman
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Robert Paone .... second assistant cameraman (as Bob Paone)
Ray Quinlan .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Douglas Pellegrino .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Andrew D. Schwartz .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
David J. Schweitzer .... special photography effects (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ellen Lewis .... casting assistant
Todd Thaler .... additional casting (as Todd Michael Thaler)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Christians .... wardrobe supervisor: men's
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor: women's
Isis Mussenden .... costume assistant
John Michael Reefer .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kris Cole .... apprentice film editor
Richard Nord .... assistant film editor
Mark Fish .... computer editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Jonathan Filley .... location manager
John Healy .... location scout
Mary Kane .... location scout
Dana Robin .... location scout
Barry Strugatz .... location scout
Music Department
Walt Levinsky .... music recording supervisor (as Walter Levinsky)
Joe Malin .... music coordinator
Roy B. Yokelson .... music recording engineer: National Recording Studios, Inc.
Diane Andolsek .... additional music score recording engineer (uncredited)
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Vince Giordano .... musician (uncredited)
George Maniere .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation captain (as Harry Leavey)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Tony Adler .... production staff
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
James A. Davis .... production staff (as James Davis)
James Greenhut .... production staff
Joseph Hartwick .... production auditor
Amy Herman .... production staff
Peter Lombardi .... assistant production auditor
Jane Read Martin .... assistant: Mr. Allen
Tom McKinley .... associate: Mr. Kurland
Joseph Pierson .... production staff
Helen Robin .... production coordinator
Steve Rose .... studio manager
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Michael Wild .... production staff
Fred Astaire .... the producers also thank
Bob Lefcovich .... the producers also thank: Modern Telecommunications, Inc.
Jack Richards .... the producers also thank: Bertrand Island Park
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82 min
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Did You Know?

The second of two Woody Allen movies in a row with the word "Rose" in the title. The previous movie was Broadway Danny Rose (1984).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
[first lines]
Theater Manager:Oh Cecilia, be careful! You all right?
Theater Manager:You're gonna like this one, it's better than last week's, more romantic.
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Enchanting bittersweet fantasy...surreal and very original..., 17 January 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO has got to be one of the most original and inventive of all the films Woody Allen has done--and all the more enjoyable because we're not subjected to the Allen character in the film itself. Instead, we get MIA FARROW (one of her very best performances) and JEFF DANIELS in what has to be the most original role of his career, as the man who walks off the movie screen and into Farrow's humdrum life.

Farrow is the Depression-era movie fan whose film idol walks right off the screen and interjects himself into her life--brightening it, at least for awhile, until the rather downbeat ending. DANNY AIELLO, as Mia's abusive husband and DIANNE WIEST have good supporting roles, but the story really depends on the wonderful chemistry between Farrow and Daniels--and they truly bring the bittersweet comedy and fantasy to credible life.

Furthermore, the script is not only very clever, but the film is technically brilliant in the way it has the film within a film characters on the screen interacting with the movie audience.

Summing up: Stylish mixture of comedy and fantasy, fully deserving the many nominations and awards it won that year.

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