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Scenes from a Mall -- A best-selling pop psychologist and a high-powered sports lawyer seem to be the perfect couple.  When the couple goes on a shopping spree, they find themselves working on some of their differences and causing more damage than they intended.
Scenes from a Mall -- On their 16. anniversary, during a shopping stroll, the lawyer Nick Fifer confesses his wife Deborah some affairs...


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Writers (WGA):
Roger L. Simon (written by) &
Paul Mazursky (written by)
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Release Date:
22 February 1991 (USA) See more »
On their 16th wedding anniversary, Deborah and Nick decided to work out all their differences public. See more »
On their 16th anniversary a married couple's trip to a Beverly Hills mall becomes the stage for personal revelations and deceptions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Midler ... Deborah Fifer

Woody Allen ... Nick Fifer

Bill Irwin ... Mime
Daren Firestone ... Sam
Rebecca Nickels ... Jennifer

Paul Mazursky ... Dr. Hans Clava
Gregory Moore ... Barber Shop Quartet Member
Michael Brown ... Barber Shop Quartet Member
Jonathan Guss ... Barber Shop Quartet Member
David Frye ... Barber Shop Quartet Member
Joseph Warren ... Joe Cool & the Coolers (Rap Group)
Brian Warren ... Joe Cool & the Coolers (Rap Group)
Darrell Mason ... Joe Cool & the Coolers (Rap Group)

Marc Shaiman ... Pianist
Augustin Bustamante ... El Mariachi Bustamente
Leonel Cruz ... El Mariachi Bustamente
Telmo Hernández ... El Mariachi Bustamente
Steve Ortiz ... El Mariachi Bustamente
Ramon Ponce ... El Mariachi Bustamente
Fernando Quinones ... El Mariachi Bustamente
Joan Delaney ... Woman Interviewer
Amanda Bruce ... Woman Interviewee
Betsy Mazursky ... Information Woman
Jack Brodsky ... Pharmacist
Glen Alterman ... Owner Museum Shop
Marilyn Pasekoff ... Woman at Book Store
Patrick Farrelly ... Santa
Hidehiko Takada ... Sushi Chef

Tichina Arnold ... Ticket Seller
Wanakee Legardy ... Dress Shop Saleswoman
Carol Harris ... Waitress Nuvo Navajo
Vira Colorado ... Security Guard
Billy Graham ... Security Guard
Chun Long Zhang ... Chinese Acrobat
Kamarr ... Magician
Kathy Kamarr ... Magician's Assistant
Robert Garrett ... Bartender

Fabio ... Handsome Man (as Fabio Lanzoni)
Steven Dominic Prestianni ... Male Sikh
Heather Golden ... Female Sikh
José Rafael Arango ... Bus Boy
Bobby Caravella ... Man in Parking Garage
Laura Baler ... Chocolate Candy Girl
James Duane Polk ... Man on Movie Line
Penny Gaston ... Pharmacy Patron
Minna Rose ... Pharmacy Patron
Stewart Russell ... Pharmacy Patron
Joe Viviani ... Pharmacy Patron
Larry Sherman ... Man on Carphone
Shirô Oishi ... Man on Carphone
Ron Barry-Barry ... Man on Carphone
Michael Greene ... Motorcyclist
Stuart H. Pappé ... Motorcyclist (as Stuart Pappé)
Andre Philippe ... Taxi Driver

Phillip Nozaki ... Kid in Van
Donnie Kelber ... Kid in Van
Rene Victor ... (voice)

Pamela Hayden ... (voice) (as Pam Hayden)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sergio Allard ... Crying Child (uncredited)

Jill Church ... Babe (uncredited)

Wilson Cleveland ... Boy (uncredited)
Terry Dinan ... Shopper (uncredited)

Fred Evanko ... Mall Patron (uncredited)
Christopher Gambale ... Book Store Clerk (uncredited)

Harley Kaplan ... Mall Rat #2 (uncredited)

Anibal O. Lleras ... Janitor (uncredited)

Rob Moretti ... Extra (uncredited)

Rich Pecci ... Mall rat (uncredited)

Soon-Yi Previn ... Woman in Line at Mall (uncredited)
Robert P. Sullivan II ... California Long Haired Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Mazursky 
Writing credits
Roger L. Simon (written by) &
Paul Mazursky (written by)

Produced by
Pato Guzman .... co-producer
Paul Mazursky .... producer
Patrick McCormick .... co-producer
Stuart H. Pappé .... associate producer (as Stuart Pappé)
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
Stuart H. Pappé  (as Stuart Pappé)
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Pato Guzman 
Art Direction by
Steven J. Jordan 
Set Decoration by
Leslie Bloom  (as Les Bloom)
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Annette Bianco .... additional hair stylist
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist (as Fern Buckner)
Shirley Crawford .... hair stylist: Los Angeles
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist (as Romaine Green)
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist: Ms. Midler
Michael Lorenz .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Bob Mills .... makeup artist: Ms. Midler
Rosemary Zurlo .... additional makeup artist (as Rosemarie Zurlo)
Production Management
Patrick McCormick .... unit production manager
Lenny Vullo .... assistant unit production manager: Los Angeles
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Bronchtein .... first assistant director (as Henry J. Bronchtein)
Bruce Carter .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles
Vicki Cherkas .... dga trainee
Rick Feder .... DGA trainee: Los Angeles
Bettiann Fishman .... second second assistant director
Jill Frank .... second second assistant director
Jane Paul .... second assistant director
Tim Williams .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... stand-by carpenter
Mark Bachman .... scenic artist
Jane Bogart .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Dennis Bradford .... assistant art director
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... set dresser (as Conrad Brink)
Gary J. Brink .... set dresser (as Gary Brink)
Kevin Brink .... set dresser
Scott Chambliss .... assistant art director
Lorenzo Contessa .... storyboard artist
Ann Cudworth .... assistant art director (as Ann Latham Cudworth)
George DeTitta Jr. .... additional set decorator
John R. Ford .... props (as John Ford)
Jim Fredericks .... set dresser (as James Fredricks)
Tim Galvin .... assistant art director
Robert Griffon Jr. .... property master
Russ J. Griffon .... props (as Russ Griffon)
Casey Hallenbeck .... lead man: Los Angeles (as Casey C. Hallenbeck)
Rich Hobaica .... assistant property master: Los Angeles
Lane Hurwitz .... graphic artist
Bill MacSems .... property master: Los Angeles
John McDonnell .... props
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator
Steve Saklad .... assistant art director
Bruce Swanson .... lead man (as Bruce E. Swanson)
Richard A. Ventre .... scenic charge man (as Richard Ventre)
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Christine Donohue-Pace .... set dresser (uncredited)
Vincent Guarriello .... key construction grip (uncredited)
Steven Curtis Husch .... set dresser (uncredited)
Dierdre Kane .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ken Scaife .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Michael Scarola .... construction grip (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound editor
Michael Bedard .... sound recordist
David Behle .... sound recordist
Liz Carlin .... assistant adr editor
Jane E. Carpenter .... sound editor
Gabriel Cubos .... cable person: Los Angeles
Burness Dembrowski .... sound editor
Andrea Horta .... adr editor (as Andrea L. Horta)
Jack Keller .... sound recordist
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer (as Les Lezarowitz)
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin C. Mouat .... foley editor (as Colin Mouat)
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Lisa M. Risen .... adr editor
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Norman B. Schwartz .... post-production dialogue
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound editor
Mary Ruth Smith .... sound editor
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor
Pat Suraci .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Michael Tyler .... assistant sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Weinman .... assistant sound editor
David A. Whittaker .... supervising sound editor
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Atwater .... grip
Herb Ault .... key grip: Los Angeles
Martin G. Beazell .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Marty Beazell)
Glynis Burke .... electrician
John Burke .... electrician
Michael F. Burke .... electrician (as Michael Burke)
Michael Caracciolo .... second assistant camera
Ken Connors .... best boy (as Kenneth Conners)
Craig DiBona .... Steadicam operator
Craig DiBona .... additional camera operator
David Dubois .... best boy: Los Angeles
Brad Edmiston .... additional first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Rusty Engels)
Brian Fitzsimons .... grip (as Brian Fitzsimmons)
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip (as Dennis Gambiello)
Brad Goss .... grip
Michael Green .... first assistant camera
Kurt Grossi .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Richard Guinness Jr. .... dolly grip
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Danny Jimenez .... dolly grip: Los Angeles
Ian Kincaid .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Joseph Labue .... grip
John Lowry .... best boy grip
Thomas Lowry .... grip
Tim Lowry .... grip (as Timothy Lowry)
Robert McGavin .... electrician
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator (as Richard Mingalone)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator: Los Angeles (as Randy Nolan)
Ronald Plant .... grip
Paul Prince .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Scott Rathner .... additional first assistant camera (as 'Scotty Dog' Rathner)
Robert Sciretta .... electrician
James F. Walsh Jr. .... electrician (as James Walsh Jr.)
Nils Johnson .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Patrick J. McIntyre .... grip (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Grant Wilfley .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William A. Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor (as Bill Campbell)
Bill Christians .... costumer: Mr. Allen
Irene Ferrari .... wardrobe supervisor
Diana Wilson .... wardrobe supervisor: Los Angeles
Pamela Wise .... costumer: Ms. Midler
Hope Hanafin .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Megan B. Agosto .... assistant editor
Elizabeth Gazzara .... assistant editor
Moonstar Greene .... assistant editor
Paula McKee .... first assistant editor
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... supervising music editor
Dan Garde .... music editor
Hummie Mann .... additional orchestrator
Joel Moss .... music mixer
Joel Moss .... music recordist
Marc Shaiman .... orchestrator
Sam Ward .... additional music recordist
Transportation Department
Tom Briggs .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Thomas Buckman .... transportation co-captain
James Giblin .... transportation captain
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles (as Tom Thomas)
Other crew
Robert C. Albertell .... production assistant
Erika Aronson .... production assistant
Judy Arthur .... unit publicist
Heidi August .... production accountant
Carlyn Bochicchio .... assistant coordinator
Jay Cannold .... assistant accountant
Bobby Caravella .... production assistant
Mary Beth Carroll .... assistant accountant
Christopher Chadman .... choreographer
Stephen Cody .... production assistant
Annemarie Costello .... assistant: P. McCormick
Anthony D'Esposito .... production assistant
Carol Dauber .... production assistant
David DeClerque .... location manager
Dominic Fidelibus .... supervising copyist
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Craig Gering .... production assistant
Dori Greenberg .... production assistant
Jennifer Greenhut .... production assistant
Pamela Hayden .... adr voice (as Pam Hayden)
Holly Hughes .... production office assistant: Los Angeles (as Holly D. Hughes)
Doug Kanter .... production assistant
Yehonatan Koenig .... production assistant
Lisa Kolasa .... production office assistant
Kenneth M. Kroll .... assistant accountant
David B. Leener .... production assistant (as David Blake Leener)
Patti Lewis .... production assistant
Anne Lockhart .... adr voice (as Ann Lochart)
Lillian O. MacNeill .... script supervisor (as Lillian MacNeil)
Mandy Marsh .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Jane Read Martin .... assistant: W. Allen (as Jane Martin)
Taman McCall .... location manager: Los Angeles
Michelle Morrissey .... production office coordinator (as Michelle Weinberg)
Amy Ness .... location manager: Los Angeles
Jono Oliver .... production assistant
Juan Ros .... set production assistant
Gina Salerno .... production assistant
Jon C. Scheide .... production assistant
Jeri Simon .... assistant: P. Mazursky
David H. Venghaus Jr. .... production assistant (as David Venghaus Jr.)
Alexander Wardwell .... production assistant
Nadine F. Wilson .... assistant accountant (as Nadine Wilson)
Robert E. Wozniak .... production accountant: Los Angeles
Chuck Dudley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christopher Gambale .... location manager (uncredited)
Ethan Goldman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Todd Rathner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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89 min
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Showbusiness trade paper 'Variety' reported that the movie featured "2600 New York extras" who "were fitted out in LA garb".See more »
[after tough negotiations with a tennis prodigy's mother]
Nick Fifer:I think Mrs. Fong is Jewish.
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
"Mutual death wish.", 17 April 2004
Author: Merwyn Grote ( from St. Louis, Missouri

Some films make the viewer a participant. Others make the viewer, well, a viewer. Others make the viewer a voyeur. SCENES FROM A MALL makes the viewer a third wheel. A very uncomfortable position to be in.

Like in real life, the third wheel is the poor schmuck who innocently accompanies a couple on a date or dinner or whatever and often ends up being less a companion than a witness, or worse, a referee, when a lovers' spat breaks out. In such a situation, all one can do is to keep looking at one's watch, pretend that there is nothing wrong and, above all else, don't get involved.

When it was announced that SCENES FROM A MALL would pair Bette Midler and Woody Allen together as a bickering couple who spend the day at the mall, I couldn't help but smile. Bette and Woody married, what a great idea. They both seem so different, yet so perfect together. And to their credit, they do have great chemistry here. They click. And they are certainly convincing as a couple with a whole boat load of marital issues. Maybe too convincing. What could have been an amusing thread of a story if interwoven into a larger tapestry becomes instead a tiresome ordeal. Woody and Bette argue and bicker and insult and break up and kiss and make up and argue and bicker and insult some more. Their day-long excursion to the mall to do Christmas shopping becomes an extended primal therapy session. Despite the best efforts of the two stars, what begins as an amusing domestic comedy rapidly become just plain annoying.

The fault lies with writer/director Paul Mazursky, whose films -- good, bad or indifferent -- seldom have a strong focus and tend to ramble shamelessly. It is a style of film-making that, in theory, tries to represent realism, but in practice it violates the conventions of what we accept as film reality -- reelity, so to speak. Mazursky's films always tend to look and feel like rehearsals, not a finished production.

This film has it assets. Woody and Bette, of course. And the recreation of a California mall, mostly filmed on a New York soundstage is quite convincing (though how many malls feature ballroom dancing?). SCENES FROM A MALL looks right and is acted just right, but in the end, this trip to the mall wears you out, leaving you just wanting to go home.

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