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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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Lillian Beale House
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Marilyn
William Addy ...
Jack - the Super
John Doumanian ...
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Helen Moss
Marge Redmond ...
Mrs. Gladys Dalton
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Nick Lipton
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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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Comedy | Mystery

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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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1.85 : 1
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Second of three Woody Allen films that actor Alan Alda has starred in. The movies include Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) and Everyone Says I Love You (1996). See more »

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Early in the movie, Diane Keaton hears a noise late at night, goes to the front door of the apartment, looks through the peephole, and sees Mr. House getting into the elevator. Except that just a few minutes earlier, they established that the House apartment is directly across from the elevator, and that Woody and Diane live around the corner, and can't be seen from the House apartment. The door that is across from Woody and Diane's apartment - and the only door Diane Keaton could have possibly seen from her peephole - is the door to the stairway. She could never have seen Mr. House getting onto the elevator. See more »

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[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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Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
(1843)
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Chor der Staatsoper München (as Chor) and Orchester der Staatsoper München
Vocal performance by Hans Hotter
Conducted by Clemens Krauss
Courtesy of Landis S.R.L.
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Breezy but not lightweight, a total fun and warm and human adventure...
20 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

This movie almost defines delightful--at least for people who already like Woody Allen. (For some, Allen will always be irritating, no matter how brilliant the movie.)

Without a shred of pretension, and without really any suspense in the usual murder mystery way, we get sucked into what is perhaps the most believable of murder mysteries ever. The reason is simple. It's told as if two very ordinary, slightly bookish, not so slightly neurotic New Yorkers stumble on a murder.

It's the story of what we would all do if we thought our neighbor had murdered his wife. The bumbling, the doubts, the revelations, the sneaking around, the giggling.

It helps (a lot) that we have the reuniting of Allen with Diane Keaton, and it's a nice breeze in the room to have both Alan Alda at his ordinary guy best and Angelica Huston as a true New Yorker brimming with confidence and savvy. (Huston is from California, a daughter in the famous movie family. Alda, nicely enough, is a New Yorker for real.)

Don't expect anything deep, hilarious, or clever (three of the many intentions in Allen's movies). But it's really well made, superbly written, acted with utter believability, paced with snap, and filled with small surprises. Using the crack team Allen had in place in this period (set designer, photographer, editor, etc.), almost nothing could go wrong. As long as you like this kind of thing in the first place--a Woody Allen movie in the easy going vein.

I loved it.


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