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Crimes and Misdemeanors -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
3 November 1989 (USA) See more »
A film about humanity.
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bill Bernstein ... Testimonial Speaker

Martin Landau ... Judah Rosenthal

Claire Bloom ... Miriam Rosenthal

Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Sharon Rosenthal (as Stephanie Roth)

Gregg Edelman ... Chris
George J. Manos ... Photographer (as George Manos)

Anjelica Huston ... Dolores Paley

Woody Allen ... Cliff Stern
Jenny Nichols ... Jenny

Joanna Gleason ... Wendy Stern

Alan Alda ... Lester

Sam Waterston ... Ben
Zina Jasper ... Carol
Dolores Sutton ... Judah's Secretary
Joel Fogel ... T.V. Producer (as Joel S. Fogel)
Donna Castellano ... T.V. Producer
Thomas Crowe ... T.V. Producer (as Thomas P. Crow)

Mia Farrow ... Halley Reed
Martin Bergmann ... Professor Louis Levy

Caroline Aaron ... Barbara
Kenny Vance ... Murray

Jerry Orbach ... Jack Rosenthal
Jerry Zaks ... Man on Campus

Barry Finkel ... T.V. Writer
Steve Maidment ... T.V. Writer
Nadia Sanford ... Alva
Chester Malinowski ... Hit Man
Stanley Reichman ... Chris' Father

Rebecca Schull ... Chris' Mother
David S. Howard ... Sol Rosenthal
Garrett Simowitz ... Young Judah

Frances Conroy ... House Owner
Anna Berger ... Aunt May
Sol Frieder ... Seder Guest
Justin Zaremby ... Seder Guest
Marvin Terban ... Seder Guest
Hy Anzell ... Seder Guest

Sylvia Kauders ... Seder Guest

Victor Argo ... Detective
Lenore Loveman ... Wedding Guest

Nora Ephron ... Wedding Guest
Sunny Keyser ... Wedding Guest
Merv Bloch ... Wedding Guest
Nancy Arden ... Wedding Guest
Thomas L. Bolster ... Wedding Guest
Myla Pitt ... Wedding Guest

Robin Bartlett ... Wedding Guest
Grace Phillips ... Bride (as Grace Zimmerman)
Randy Aaron Fink ... Groom
Joel Y. Zion ... Rabbi (as Rabbi Joel Zion)
Major Halley Jr. ... Jazz Band
Walt Levinsky ... Jazz Band (as Walter Levinsky)
George Masso ... Jazz Band
Charles Miles ... Jazz Band
Derek Smith ... Jazz Band
Warren Vaché ... Jazz Band (as Warren Vache)
Pete Antell ... Wedding Band
Anthony Gorruso ... Wedding Band
Gary Allen Meyers ... Wedding Band
Lee Musiker ... Wedding Band
Tony Sotos ... Wedding Band
Tony Tedesco ... Wedding Band (as Tony Tedeasco)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy Cohen ... Kathy - Makeup Person (uncredited)

Karen Constantine ... Popcorn Girl (uncredited)
Marilyn Dobrin ... Theater Popcorn Vendor (uncredited)
Avner Eisenberg ... Brother-in-law (uncredited)
Matthew T. Gitkin ... Cliff's Assistant (uncredited)

Daryl Hannah ... Lisa Crosley (uncredited)

Peter Kalin ... Fantasy Focus During Dance Sequence (uncredited)

Fred Melamed ... The Dean (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow ... Girl at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Steven Prince ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Mercedes Ruehl ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Wanda Toscanini-Horowitz ... Herself (uncredited)

Maggie Wagner ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Terry Walters ... Sound Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... executive producer
Thomas A. Reilly .... associate producer (as Thomas Reilly)
Helen Robin .... associate producer
Jack Rollins .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
Art Direction by
Speed Hopkins 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode 
Costume Design by
Jeffrey Kurland 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... make-up artist
Anthony Cortino .... hairstylist
Romaine Greene .... hairstylist
Frances A. Kolar .... make-up artist (as Frances Kolar)
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph Hartwick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Huberman .... dga trainee
Richard Patrick .... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... standby carpenter (as Joe Alfieri)
Vincent Guarriello .... chief construction grip
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
James Mazzola .... property master
Yael Morris .... art sculptures
Nancy Morris-Gunkelman .... paintings
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator
Cosmo Sorice .... standby scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Dave Weinman .... set dresser
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeanne Atkin .... apprentice sound editor
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer: Sound One Corp.
Frank Graziadei .... sound recordist
Robert Hein .... sound editor (as Bob Hein)
Lori Kornspun .... assistant sound editor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip
Michael Caracciolo .... second assistant cameraperson
Michael Green .... assistant cameraperson
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Jim Manzione .... best boy
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Chris Noor .... camera assistant trainee
Ray Quinlan .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
David E. Baron .... camera intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Judie Fixler .... additional casting: Todd Thaler Casting
Victoria Kress .... casting assistant
Ellen Lewis .... casting associate
Laura Rosenthal .... casting assistant
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Christians .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor: women
Lauren Gibson .... costume assistant
Donna Zakowska .... assistant costume designer
Ursula Schrader .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
William Kruzykowski .... assistant film editor
Mark Livolsi .... assistant film editor
Anne McCabe .... apprentice film editor
Location Management
Jonathan Filley .... location manager
Barbara Heller .... location scout
Dana Robin .... location scout
Music Department
Joe Malin .... music coordinator
Bernie Leighton .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation captain
Peter Tavis .... transportation co-captain
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jerry Caron .... assistant production coordinator
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Shari Chertok .... film researcher
David Davenport .... production assistant
Michael DeCasper .... production assistant
Michael Jackman .... assistant production auditor
Amy Leigh Johnson .... assistant: to Mr. Allen
Linda Lilienfeld .... film researcher
Peter Lombardi .... production auditor
Brian Mannain .... studio manager
Kati Meister .... film researcher
Elise Pettus .... production assistant
Helen Robin .... production coordinator
Scott Schaffer .... craft service (as Scott Shaffer)
Doug Shannon .... production assistant
Jay Smith .... production assistant
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Gilbert S. Williams .... production assistant
Granville Greene .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Lanphier Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joe McDougall .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew T. Weiner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas Wolfert .... production assistant (uncredited)
William K. Everson .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Benjamin Hayeem .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance (as Ben Hayeem)
Howard Mandelbaum .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Crew verified as complete

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104 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
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Did You Know?

The adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow, appears as an extra at the end, as a guest at Rabbi Ben's daughter's wedding.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
[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 or night, weekends or holidays. But you can also call Judah to find out which is the best restaurant in Paris - or Athens. Or which hotel to stay at in Moscow. Or the best recording of a particular Mozart symphony...
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26 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful film about decisions and life, 30 April 2002
Author: john zapata ( from los angeles, CA

After watching four of Woody Allen's movies, I am now convinced that he is one of the best directors of all time. His blend of a serious subject matter and humor is executed into perfection. Crimes and Misdemeanors is probably as serious as Allen can get. It sometimes plays like a thriller and suspense, but it also contains signature Allen humor.

Crimes and Misdemeanors is essentially about two separate stories connected only by ending the way it supposed to end in the real world. Allen implies that how these stories ended is not how they will end in a movie but how they will end in reality. Again, Allen explores the nature of human beings, analyzes relationships, and studies human decisions.

The first story involves a successful Ophthalmologist named Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau). He has been married for decades with several children, but has had an affair with a flight attendant named Dolores Paley (Anjelica Huston). Dolores is now obsessed with Judah and plans to confront his wife and reveal his financial secrets if Judah does not leave his wife. After his brother suggested murdering Dolores, Judah tries to decide if he wants to save his life or face murder.

The other story involves struggling documentary filmmaker Clifford Stern (Woody Allen). He was forced to make a documentary about his successful brother-in-law-which he despises. He agreed to do it only for the money, and in the process, fell in love with an associate named Halley Reed (Mia Farrow). His problem is that he is married and his brother-in-law Lester (Alan Alda) is also making a pass at Halley. Halley must now decide whether she wants to be with a sincere man or a rich successful one.

Halley and Judah's decisions are also meant for the audience to analyze. What would we do if we were in their situation? Would we do the same thing they did? Can we stand having a murder in our conscience? Would we go for the wealthy man even though he may be a phony? Allen plays the audience with this questions and expertly guides them his characters' decisions.

Allen intercuts the Judah story with Judah's memories. His recollections of his times with Dolores and his childhood memories with his family. He recalls his father teaching him about God and our obligations. These memories made his decision harder and regrettable. In the other story, a professor makes some statements about life. These statements were heard again in the final montage, and this seems to be Allen's ultimate message about life, relationships, and decisions.

This movie is very similar to my favorite Allen movie Hannah and her Sisters. They both involve several storylines that is connected only by the central theme and message. Allen's excellent writing is complimented by his steady direction. Crimes and Misdemeanors is not as funny as Annie Hall or as accomplished as Manhattan, but it certainly ranks as one of Allen's best films.

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