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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  18 August 1993 (USA)
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A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.

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Jack - the Super
John Doumanian ...
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Helen Moss
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Mrs. Gladys Dalton
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Nick Lipton
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Storyline

Larry and Carol are fairly normal New Yorkers who have sent their son off to college. They meet an elderly couple down the hall and later in the week find that the wife has suddenly died. Carol becomes suspicious of Paul who seems to be too cheerful and too ready to move on. She begins her investigation. Larry insists she is becoming too fixated on their neighbor as all of the irregularities seem to have simple non-homicidal explanations. Ted, a recently divorced friend helps her investigation and Larry begins to become jealous of their relationship and agrees to help her. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Rated PG for mild language, and for elements of violence in a comic murder mystery | See all certifications »

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18 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un misterioso asesinato en Manhattan  »

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$13,500,000 (estimated)

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$11,285,588 (USA)
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Woody Allen was inspired in part by The Thin Man (1934) series of movies, modeling his main characters after Nick and Nora Charles. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film, when Paul is lying on the floor of the backstage, killed by Gladys, pieces of broken glass are falling around him. And we definitely see the hand of one of the crew members, in the upper left corner of the screen, throwing a piece of glass on the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Larry Lipton: C'mon, you promised to sit through the hockey game without being bored,
Carol Lipton: [overlapping] I know, honey, I promised.
Larry Lipton: and I'll sit through the Wagner opera with you next week.
Carol Lipton: I know.
Larry Lipton: I already bought the earplugs.
Carol Lipton: Yeah, well, with your eyesight I'm surprised you can see the puck. Wow, yay, come on.
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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Have You Met Miss Jones
(1937)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Art Tatum-Ben Webster Quartet
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Light comedy from Woody Allen
19 October 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a nice and light Woody Allen comedy about a death in a building that could be a murder. At least Diane Keaton's character thinks so, without really having a reason for that. She plays Carol Lipton, married to Larry Lipton (Woody Allen). They have just met their neighbors Paul (Jerry Adler) and Lillian House (Lynn Cohen) when Lillian dies. Because Paul is not that sad and is too ready to move on Carol becomes suspicious. When she is realizing certain strange events that has occurred her suspicion grows. Larry thinks it is pretty stupid but when a friend named Ted (Alan Alda) does believe her and helps her with the investigation he gets jealous and offers to help after all.

Whether a real murder has committed is not the point, I guess. Allen gives us standard movie situations, ridicules them a little, and betters them then. There is a scene where Allen and Keaton go from an elevator into a basement when the lights fall out. It is completely dark, something we have seen more in thrillers, and for some reason Allen is able to make this cliché thriller scene suspenseful. There are more of these moments. Since this is an Allen film there are a lot of links to other famous movies (the script itself is a little like Hitchcock's 'Rear Window') and famous scenes, the ending in particular does a terrific job in reliving one of the most memorable scenes out there. (It has to with mirrors, I guess you know what movie I am talking about). This light Allen comedy is a terrific mystery story with brilliant touches that will be liked not only by Allen-fans, but by everyone who loves either comedy or mystery suspense.


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