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New York Stories (1989)

A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales.

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Marvin Chatinover ...
Psychiatrist (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Mother (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Lisa (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Molly Regan ...
Sheldon's Secretary (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Ira Wheeler ...
Mr. Bates (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Joan Bud ...
Board Member (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Jessie Keosian ...
Aunt Ceil (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Michael Rizzo ...
Waiter (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
George Schindler ...
Shandu, The Magician (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Bridgit Ryan ...
Rita (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Theater Manager (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Detective Flynn / Clifford the Doorman / Cop (segments "Life Lessons" - "Life without Zoe" - "Oedipus Wrecks")
Herschel Rosen ...
Store Clerk (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Lola André ...
Citizen (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales.

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One City. Three Stories Tall.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Lessons  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,763,469 (USA)
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Trivia

The three segments, their titles, directors, running times and order are as follows: The first segment is "Life Lessons" by Martin Scorsese, second is "Life Without Zoë" from Francis Coppola and third and last was Woody Allen's "Oedipus Wrecks". At 33 minutes, Francis Ford Coppola's segment is the shortest. Woody Allen's clocks in at 40 minutes, while Martin Scorsese's runs to 45 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Paulette: [Seeing a patrol car with two policemen in it] Kiss the driver on the mouth. Then we'll talk.
Lionel Dobie: [Disbelieving the request and laughing nervously] What?
Paulette: Come on, and show me how much you love me.
Lionel Dobie: [Shaken and laughing nervously. After a pause] What if I do? Huh?
Paulette: Then I'll know your love is true, and if you don't, your name is King Bullshit, and I pack.
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Crazy Credits

Coppola's segment introduces cast and crew members only by their first name during the opening titles. See more »

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People Will Talk
Written by Kid Creole (as August Darnell)
Performed by Kid Creole and The Coconuts
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Two out of three ain't bad
13 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

**1/2 of****

Three completely different short stories told by three of Hollywood's most influential and profilic directors in the most exciting and mythical city on earth. Seems like a shoe in doesn't it? Well almost. Looking forward as I did to the Woody Allen piece "Oedipus Wrecks" the wait was worth it, but still somewhat unsatisfying. This featurette would've been a welcome change of pace for Woody at the time given that he hadn't made a flat-out silly comedy for a while and he manages to make good use of every moment. He has a great cast,(Kavner, Questral are particular standouts) and a genuinely strange premise to work with and the results are a riot, dare I say one of Woody's best. So what's so unsatisfying? As good as "Oedipus Wrecks" is , it still suffers because it has to follow Coppolla's god awful and charmless "Life Without Zoe." Seriously I had absolutely no clue what the hell was going on in this obnoxious, cutesy-poo clinker. Can anyone help me understand why Coppola thought anyone would like this? Sitting through "Zoe" is so emotionally draining that by the time you get to "Oedipus" you're too annoyed and confused to fully enjoy it. As a result Scorsese's "Life Lessons" comes off the best of the three. Nolte and Arquette are flawless and the intensity and friction between them make for an engaging if not distressingly tense 35 minutes.


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