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According to Eric Lax's book, this movie is one of Woody Allen's favorite films which are (in order): Match Point (2005), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Stardust Memories (1980), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
In the scene when Diane Keaton's character sees her "dead" neighbor riding a bus, you can read VERTIGO as bus advertisement. It's one of the many references to Hitchcock's film that appear in the movie.
Diane Keaton replaced Mia Farrow. The lead female role was written for Farrow by Woody Allen but Keaton got the part following the breakup of the pair's personal relationship. Reportedly, Farrow apparently showed up for the first day's shooting, much to Allen's consternation.
Carol Lipton, played by Diane Keaton, claims to hate wearing a tie with a skirt. She made that look famous playing Annie Hall in Annie Hall (1977).
Woody Allen was inspired in part by The Thin Man (1934) series of movies, modeling his main characters after Nick and Nora Charles.
Woody Allen planned to make his earlier film Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) a murder mystery, but cut that subplot out and used the initial murder mystery for this movie.
"Manhattan Murder Mystery" was actually the generic working title during production - Allen films usually have generic titles during production like "Woody Allen Fall Project" - but since no new title could be thought of, Woody Allen decided to leave that as the title.
The "man in Indiana" who chopped up six people and ate them the Liptons discuss is obviously a reference to Jeffrey Dahmer, with the first New York Post article about him in their paper.
The only one of the many movies they made together, in which Woody Allen and Diane Keaton's characters have a child together.
When Larry and Carol go to the theater, the play they are seeing is "Guys and Dolls". The original Broadway production of "Guys and Dolls" in 1950 starred Robert Alda, whose son Alan Alda is in this film.
Debut feature film of Zach Braff.
When Diane Keaton became the leading actress, Woody Allen rewrote the script and center the more comic side of the couple on her, admitting Keaton is funnier.
Anjelica Huston said that the film set was "oddly free of anxiety, introspection and pain" and attributed this largely due to the presence of Diane Keaton. Huston added: "On this movie, he [Woody Allen] showed up in the hair and makeup trailer to tease Diane about her hair and her big photography books, all diligently marked with yellow stick-'em paper. Around Diane, he was open and accessible".
The film was selected to screen out of competition at the Venice Film Festival in 1993.
One of three movies that actress Anjelica Huston and Woody Allen have both worked on. The films include Casino Royale (1967), Crimes and misedemanors (1989)_ and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
In the book "Woody Allen on Woody Allen: Revised Edition" (2004), Allen said of the rewriting Mia Farrow's part for Diane Keaton: "No, I couldn't do that. In a regular script I would have done that upon hiring Diane Keaton. But I couldn't because it's a murder mystery, and it's very tightly plotted, so it's very hard to make big changes . . . I had written [the character for] more to what Mia likes to do. Mia likes to do funny things, but she's not as broad a comedian as Diane is. So Diane made this part funnier than I wrote it".
According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', "Aside from the 'Oedipus Wrecks' episode from New York Stories (1989), this represents Allen's first flat-out comedy in nearly a decade".
The public scandal surrounding Woody Allen's break-up with Mia Farrow, which had served as a big backdrop to the theatrical release of Allen's previous film Husbands and Wives (1992), was still very much in recent memory during the cinema season of this movie, it for example, still being extensively referred to in the New York Times article promoting this picture [See: "Diane and Woody, Still a Fun Couple", The New York Times, 15th August 1993].
The movie was filmed during the fall of 1992 between September and December of that year.
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Final Woody Allen and Diane Keaton film [to date, June 2013]. The movie is also the only Woody Allen - Diane Keaton film of the 1990s and has been the only film that the pair have co-starred in a major star teaming since 1979's Manhattan (1979) around fourteen years earlier. This excludes 1987's Radio Days (1987) where Keaton cameoed in a minor bit.
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Second of two Woody Allen films with the word "Manhattan" in the title. The first was Manhattan (1979) made and first released around fourteen years earlier in 1979. Allen also appeared uncredited in Paris-Manhattan (2012).
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The address of Carol and Larry Lipton's apartment is between 2nd and 3rd Avenue at 200 East 78th Street in New York.
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One of eight cinema movie collaborations of Woody Allen and actress Diane Keaton, Allen co-starring in six of them and directing seven of them.
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The picture was the No. #1 film at the United Kingdom box-office for one week for the weekend ending 23rd January 1994.
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Woody Allen's twenty-fourth cinema film as director.
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Apparently, Woody Allen used unused and discarded parts of the screenplay for Annie Hall (1977) for this movie.
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Diane Keaton has said that in real life she hates mysteries and never had read any Nancy Drew detective stories.
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Reportedly, Woody Allen put off making this movie for several years as Allen thought that the material might be just too insubstantial for a picture.
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One of two 1993 films released in that year that starred both Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston. Their other 1993 movie was And the Band Played On (1993). Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) is one of three movies that Alda and Huston have both appeared in. The first was Woody Allen's earlier 1989 picture Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) making this movie both their second film with Allen.
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Fourth and final of four writing collaborations of Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, the previous ironically having being the similarly titled Manhattan (1979) in 1979.
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Second and final of two films Woody Allen made for Tri-Star Pictures. The first had been Husbands and Wives (1992).
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The house of mirrors sequence was inspired by Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai (1947).
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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).
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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. When blocked, Allen 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 genre of Russian novel and history, and this became Love and Death (1975). Allen put the mystery script on the back-burner. As such, this script was not finished until later, but it eventually became the screenplay for this movie, Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
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The film's "Manhattan Murder Mystery" title is letter "M" alliterated.
This movie was the first Woody Allen directed film since Stardust Memories (1980) in 1980 not to co-star actress Mia Farrow who had appeared in thirteen consecutive Allen pictures since 1982's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) right up until 1992's Husbands and Wives (1992).

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