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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  13 October 1989 (USA)
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An opthamologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bernstein ...
Testimonial Speaker
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Miriam Rosenthal
Stephanie Roth Haberle ...
Sharon Rosenthal (as Stephanie Roth)
Gregg Edelman ...
Chris
George J. Manos ...
Photographer (as George Manos)
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Jenny Nichols ...
Jenny
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Wendy Stern
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Lester
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Ben
Zina Jasper ...
Carol
Dolores Sutton ...
Judah's Secretary
Joel Fogel ...
T.V. Producer (as Joel S. Fogel)
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Judah Rosenthal is an ophthalmologist and a pillar of the community who has a big problem: his mistress Dolores Paley has told him that he is to leave his wife and marry her - as he had promised to do - or she will tell everyone of their affair. When he intercepts a letter Dolores has written to his wife Miriam, he is frantic. He confesses all to his shady brother Jack who assures him that he has friends who can take care of her. Meanwhile, filmmaker Cliff Stern is having his own problems. He's been working on a documentary film for some time but has yet to complete it. He and his wife Wendy have long ago stopped loving one another and are clearly on their way to divorce. He falls in love with Halley Reed who works with a producer, Lester. Cliff soon finds himself making a documentary about Lester and hates every minute of it. Written by garykmcd

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A film about humanity.

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13 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crímenes y pecados  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,254,702 (USA)
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Clifford's sarcastic remark to Halley Reed that he loves Lester like a brother; David Greenglass refers to the fact David Greenglass was the brother of executed atomic spy Ethel Rosenberg and that his testimony at their trial help convict her and her husband Julius. See more »

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When Judah decides to have Delores killed, he only dials seven digits on the phone calling his brother, Jack. Judah lives in Connecticut and Jack lives in New York, so he would have to dial at least 10 digits to call him. See more »

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[first lines]
Testimonial Speaker: We're all very proud of Judah Rosenthal's philanthropic efforts. His endless hours of fund raising for the hospital, the new medical center, and now, the ophthalmology wing, which until this year had just been a dream. But it's due to Rosenthal our friend that we most appreciate. The husband, the father, the golf companion. Naturally if you have a medical problem you can call Judah...
Miriam Rosenthal: You're blushing darling.
Testimonial Speaker: ...day or night, weekends or holidays. But you can also call Judah to ...
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Great Day
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Billy Rose (as William Rose) & Edward Eliscu
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Rare film that ventures into Good and Evil Conscience
30 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's begin by declaring that you do not need to be a Woody Allen fan to appreciate this film. As is often the case, Allen's schlemiel character is the least sympathetic and interesting one in the movie.

But that aside, here's a story that I found thoroughly engaging. Is there a perfect crime? Is guilt the same as remorse? How does a "good" person come to terms with his sins?

The blind Rabbi: Is God unseeing? The Holocaust survivor philosopher who challenges survival (that's all I can say without spoiling): is there any real redemption?

The movie has flaws but I give it a "10" for daring to ask serious questions. (And the visit to the old house in Brooklyn has a dynamism that all of us who remember our childhood homes will relate to.)


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