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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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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
13 October 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A film about humanity.
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Rare film that ventures into Good and Evil Conscience See more (156 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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

Maggie Wagner ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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)
 
Thanks
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
 
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104 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lester is based on Larry Gelbart, whom both Woody Allen and Alan Alda worked with and reportedly disliked because of his despotic ways. Lester's various comments such as "Comedy is tragedy plus time" and "If it bends, it's funny; if it breaks, it's not funny" were actual Gelbart quotes. In spite of this reputed dislike for Gelbart, Allen called him "the best comedy writer that I ever knew and one of the best guys" in a statement shortly following Gelbart's death, and Alda said, "Larry's genius for writing changed my life because I got to speak his lines -- lines that were so good they'll be with us for a long, long time; but his other genius -- his immense talent for being good company -- is a light that's gone out and we're all sitting here in the dark." (from the Los Angeles Times obituary)See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[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 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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31 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Rare film that ventures into Good and Evil Conscience, 30 April 2005
Author: nlevin11 from United States

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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