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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 & 17 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
Naydia Sanford ... Alva (as Nadia Sanford)
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
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Did You Know?

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.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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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece, 29 April 2008
Author: ametaphysicalshark from

Most would say "Annie Hall", some would say "Manhattan", those who prefer Allen's early career might even mention "Sleeper". Few would call "Crimes and Misdemeanors" Woody Allen's best film as writer/director, but the more I watch it, the more I realize that it's not only my favorite, but in many ways the film Allen was working towards for the entirety of his career as a writer prior to this.

In "Crimes and Misdemeanors" Allen revisits a recurring theme in many of his films, adultery. It would be a simplistic and narrow-minded view of this film to say that it was simply about adultery because it is really far more complex than that, and essentially a film about all varieties of human nature and relationships, and one could even argue- the relationship between reality and film as explored through the lens of genre- romantic comedy, Film-Noir, and documentary, and what parts of this film are- satire.

"Crimes and Misdemeanors" is one of Allen's best scripts. Any screenplay attempting to accomplish as much as this one does could easily fall apart, and Allen has had less convincing attempts than this one with similar ambitions, but everything works beautifully here. This film practically defines the 'tragicomedy' sub-genre, with neither overpowering the other and much of the humor is dark humor originating in tragedy, something that is acknowledged by Allen through the character of Lester (played to perfection by Alan Alda), who comments that comedy is nothing more than "tragedy plus time". He also mentions that comedy has to have an ending, and that's one of the best things about this movie- Allen allows dramatic scenes to succeed at being dramatic and emotional, then throws a hilarious punchline at you, which has an effect that is both entertaining and somewhat unsettling. This is an expertly-written movie.

"Crimes and Misdemeanors" is the culmination of a decade of consistently brilliant, evocative, original, and fascinating films from Woody Allen, whose 80's output I would personally consider to be his best. His 70's work is far more popular, but his 80's work contains some of the most unique and memorable films ever made: "Stardust Memories", "Zelig", "The Purple Rose of Cairo", and "Hannah and Her Sisters", as well as numerous overlooked and generally forgotten films that can only be called excellent, such as: "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy", "Broadway Danny Rose", "Radio Days", "September", and "Another Woman". On top of all these memorable films is "Crimes and Misdemeanors", which is simply my favorite Woody Allen film and almost certainly his best and most focused effort.


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