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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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"Human happiness does not seem to be included in the design of creation... If you want a happy ending, you should go see a Hollywood movie." See more (164 total) »


  (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
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
Jonathan Filley .... location manager
Barbara Heller .... location scout
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
Dana Robin .... location scout
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
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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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: (at around 1h 30 mins) While they are celebrating at the wedding party the theme "Crazy Rhythm" is been played by the jazz orchestra, a muted trumpet can be heard but the trumpet player isn't using one.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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40 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
"Human happiness does not seem to be included in the design of creation... If you want a happy ending, you should go see a Hollywood movie.", 20 November 2006
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

"Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989)- is Woody Allen's masterpiece and my favorite film. It is urban and sophisticated, subtle and cruel. It is darker than dark and self-ironic. It is profound and touchingly poignant. It is deadly serious and in the same time it is incredibly funny. Its humor is razor sharp and sparkling and the best and funniest Woody's one-liners and comic performances belong here. As always in his best films, Allen had created a clever and elegant film out of his own weaknesses and insecurities and it shines. How much was Allen able to meditate on life, death, God, religion, morality, crimes and the responsibility, love and lust, happiness and the price one pays for it, and among those eternal subjects - how much fun it is to skip work or school and to sneak to the movies.

It is universal. It has the references to many Artists and cultures - Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, and Bergman among the others but it is so undeniably and uniquely Allen. It could not have been made by any other director.

It is the movie Allen will be remembered for.

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