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September (1987)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  18 December 1987 (USA)
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At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children.



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Mr. Raines
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Mrs. Mason


Everyone is gathering at Lane's place for the weekend, and everyone's in love. Unfortunately, each beloved loves somebody else, and no one seems to realize it. Written by Cleo <>

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Release Date:

18 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Setembro  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$486,434 (USA)

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For the French dubbed version, Stephanie's French lesson at the beginning of the film was changed to an Italian lesson. See more »


Peter's tie when talking to Lloyd. See more »


Stephanie: Stand up.
Lane: I want to kill myself.
Stephanie: Don't say that.
Lane: I have no reason to get up tomorrow.
Stephanie: Well then, you're just going to have to make up a reason.
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Referenced in Wild Man Blues (1997) See more »


Night and Day
By Cole Porter
Performed by Art Tatum, Ben Webster, George 'Red' Callender (as Red Callender) & Bill Douglass
Courtesy of Pablo Records
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23 February 2005 | by ( – See all my reviews

Between his serio-comic reminiscence Radio Days and the searing adult drama Another Woman, Woody Allen made September, a reflective, introspective chamber-piece on his favourite themes of childhood, adultery, love and loss. One imagines that the chilly critical and public response will shift to one of admiration and wonder as the years shift, such is the haunting power of this masterpiece.

Mia Farrow plays Lane, an unsuccessful photographer recovering from a breakdown in her autumnal apartment, the golds and rusts of the season chiming with the forlorn tone of the story. She falls in love with a visiting writer (Waterston), who appears to be drifting away from her, since he is besotted with Lane's sister Stephanie (Wiest). Barely taking an interest is the sisters' self-absorbed mother (Stritch) and her insecure third husband (Warden). Denholm Elliot rounds out the principal cast as a kind family friend, his love for Lane unspoken.

There are many great moments in this complex, brilliant film, but two in particular remain long in the mind. First is the "love scene" between Waterston and Wiest. Wiest says - torn - that to begin an affair would be "impossible" and exits. Then, slowly, she turns and walks back into the room, shutting the door. Wiest has never been better than in this film, than in this moment. A startling, beautifully realised epiphany, boiled down to a look, a bow and a smile. The second great sequence comes with the shattering denouement, which I shan't spoil for you here.

Allen's straight dramas certainly aren't for all tastes, but for those who can take them the rewards are vast. There has never been a screenwriter with a better ear for dialogue and in his "serious" films, Allen creates fascinating, utterly believable characters. The performances are pitch-perfect throughout, with Wiest, Farrow and Stritch all on career-best form. As always Allen's use of lighting and music is spot-on; here he showcases Art Tatum and Bernie Leighton, providing an evocative soundtrack to an unforgettable film.

Simply brilliant.

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