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New York Stories (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  10 March 1989 (USA)
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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 stories.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 stories.

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Taglines:

One City. Three Stories Tall.

Genres:

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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According to film critic Leonard Maltin, Francis Coppola's segment "Life Without Zoë" was a "variation on the old children's book Eloise". According to Wikipedia, "Eloise is a series of children's books written in the 1950s by Kay Thompson (1909-1998) and illustrated by Hilary Knight (b. 1926). Thompson and Knight followed up Eloise (1955) with four sequels. Eloise is a six-year-old girl who lives in the "room on the tippy-top floor" of the Plaza Hotel in New York City with her Nanny, her pug dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee. Thompson's goddaughter, Liza Minnelli, has been cited as a possible model for Eloise, as has the author herself". See more »

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Sheldon: [Looking around Trva's dank, gloomy apartment] You got a nice place here. What time does the cobra come out?
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3 Tastes in 1
17 May 2001 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

Life Lessons - I've probably seen it 10 times. You can refer to it as a 'short', but I get so wrapped up in it that I almost consider it to be a full-length movie. It's very close to perfect.

Life Without Zoe - Past comments have stated that this is the weakest of the three. I don't like to think of any of the stories as weak. I think the order of the stories is what is important. First is the tense art world drama, then the fairytale-like Zoe. Zoe doesn't have the punch of Life Lessons, but it's a relaxing follow-up. Enchanted flutes, princesses, sheiks, diamonds, parties, sunsets. I hate to use the word 'cute', but that's what it is - very cute, and that's not a bad thing in this case.

Oedipus Wrecks - Leaves the movie ending on a very outrageous and very funny note. This short is better than several of his movies (and I'm a HUGE Woody Allen fan).


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