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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.
When Diane Keaton replaced Mia Farrow, Woody Allen rewrote the script and centered the more comic side of the couple on her, admitting Keaton is funnier.
In the scene in which Diane Keaton's character sees her "dead" neighbor riding a bus, there is an advertisement for the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo (1958), one of the many references to that film that appear in the movie.
"Manhattan Murder Mystery" was actually the generic working title during production--Woody Allen films usually have generic titles during production like "Woody Allen Fall Project"--but since no new title could be thought of, Allen decided to leave that as the title.
According to Eric Lax's book, this is one of Woody Allen's favorite films of his own. They are (in order) Match Point (2005), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Stardust Memories (1980), Broadway Danny Rose (1984) and this film.
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).
One of eight collaborations of Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. He co-starred in six of them and directed seven of them.
Anjelica Huston said that the 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".
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.
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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.
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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.
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In the book "Woody Allen on Woody Allen (rev ed. 2004), Woody Allen Allen said of 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".
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As of June 2013, this is the final Woody Allen and Diane Keaton film. It's also the only Allen-Keaton film of the 1990s and the only film that the pair had co-starred in since 1979's Manhattan (1979) (Keaton had a small cameo in the Allen film Radio Days (1987)).
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The house of mirrors sequence was inspired by Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai (1947).
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The only film to star Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in which their characters have a child together.
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.
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Apparently, Woody Allen used elements that he discarded from Annie Hall (1977) for this movie.
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Reportedly, Woody Allen put off making this movie for several years, as he thought that the material might be just too insubstantial for a picture.
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This is the fourth and final writing collaboration between Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman. The previous one was the similarly titled Manhattan (1979).
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According to the show-business trade paper "Variety", "Aside from the 'Oedipus Wrecks' episode from New York Stories (1989), this represents ['Woody Allen (I)''s\ first flat-out comedy in nearly a decade".
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The 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 the public's mind when this film was released. For example, it was 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].
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The "man in Indiana" the Liptons talk about, who chopped up six people and ate them, is obviously a reference to Jeffrey Dahmer, with the first "New York Post" article about him in their paper.
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The picture was the No. #1 film at the UK box-office for one week for the week ending Jan 23, 1994.
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Feature-film debut of Zach Braff.
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The address of Carol and Larry Lipton's apartment is 200 E 78th St., between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, New York City.
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One of three movies that Anjelica Huston and Woody Allen have both worked on. The others were Casino Royale (1967) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).
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The film was shot from September to December of 1992.
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According to Diane Keaton, Woody Allen never discussed on set or with her the living hell he was going through while making this movie, which occurred in the middle of a custody battle with Mia Farrow.
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The cast includes three Oscar winners (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Anjelica Huston) and one Oscar nominee (Alan Alda).
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This was the first film directed by Woody Allen since Stardust Memories (1980) not to co-star Mia Farrow. In the interim, she had appeared in 13 consecutive Allen films from A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) to Husbands and Wives (1992).
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Second of three Woody Allen films in which Alan Alda has starred. The other two were Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Everyone Says I Love You (1996).
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Woody Allen's twenty-fourth cinema film as director.
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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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Selected to screen out of competition at the Venice Film Festival in 1993.
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One of two 1993 films that starred both Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston--the other was the made-for-TV movie And the Band Played On (1993)--and one of three in which he and Huston have both appeared. It was also the second Woody Allen film in which Alda and Huston appeared; the first was Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).
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This was the second and final film that Woody Allen made for Tri-Star Pictures. The first was Husbands and Wives (1992).
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Second of two Woody Allen films with the word "Manhattan" in the title. Allen also appeared uncredited in Paris-Manhattan (2012).
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Director Trademark 

Woody Allen:  [writer]  Marcia Fox is a writer.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the scene in which Carol (Diane Keaton) summons Larry (Woody Allen) to leave the office in the middle of the afternoon to meet her outside in the park, she describes to him that she had got inside the apartment of Paul House (Jerry Adler), the neighbor she suspects of killing his wife. When her husband asks her, "What if he came back and caught you there?", Carol answered, "I couldn't think that far in advance". This is the exact line Keaton spoke in Annie Hall (1977).
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