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:
Lillian Beale House
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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Did You Know?


During the early 1970s, Woody Allen was working on a script about two New Yorkers who try to solve a murder, when he got stuck. While blocked, he noticed a book on Russian history at his home. As the deadline was fast approaching for delivery of a contracted screenplay, Allen got inspired and decided to spoof the entire genre of novels based on Russian history, and this became Love and Death (1975). He put the mystery script on the back-burner. That script eventually became the one used for this film. See more »


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 »


[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
Performed by the New Broadway Cast (1992)
Courtesy of RCA Victor
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Allen is a comic genius!
15 October 2003 | by (Rosedale, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This is the sort of movie I can watch over and over. In one word I would say it is clever. A combination of mystery, suspense, drama, and Allen's ingenious humor, Manhattan Murder Mystery is my favorite Woody Allen movie. Perhaps my favorite movie - period. The plot was fresh, and having such humor with suspense is just too good. Another quality I enjoy in this movie is how Allen avoids an "over-polished" look. For instance, the scene where a neighbor in the hallway asks Paul about a rent increase. The actor appears to stumble for the right word, but Allen let the scene go that way giving it a very natural look. The restaurant scenes also portray realism with multiple conversations at one time; a quality I love in all of his movies. This makes reviewing the movies interesting- you pick up something new each time you watch it! Woody Allen's style is definitely an intelligent humor.

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