Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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William Addy ...
Jack - the Super
John Doumanian ...
Ira Wheeler ...
EMS Doctor
Melanie Norris ...
Helen Moss
Marge Redmond ...
Mrs. Gladys Dalton
Nick Lipton


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 <>

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Comedy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un misterioso asesinato en Manhattan  »

Box Office


$13,500,000 (estimated)


$11,285,588 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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According to Eric Lax's book, this is one of Woody Allen's favorite films. They are (in order) Match Point (2005), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Stardust Memories (1980), Broadway Danny Rose (1984) and this film See more »


At their neighbours house, Diane Keaton prepares coffee in the kitchen. She makes filter coffee and puts a can of water under the filter. You have to pour water in the machine to warm it up and then go through the filter. The can will be filled with coffee in the end. See more »


[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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Guy and Dolls: Overture
Written by Frank Loesser
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My favorite Woody Allen!
8 July 2003 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Woody Allen movie and right up there with Annie Hall and Manhattan as one of his best. Woody is at his best when he has Diane Keaton by his side and this proves it. A lot of his more recent movies haven't been good, because he is pairing himself with much younger actresses who aren't as good at this type of comedy or who aren't good at all in the case of Helen Hunt. This movie is hilarious even if you are my age (20). I think it's refreshing to go the video store and rent a comedy that isn't either a stupid spoof, or a teen comedy that plays like a rated R sitcom. This is a comedy that actually has a story, and Woody has the best lines. If you don't like Woody's style though you won't like this, but if you have seen Annie Hall or any of his other movies and liked them then you should love this one.


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