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Writer (WGA):
Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
12 December 1997 (USA) See more »
Harry Block wrote a bestseller about his best friends. Now, his best friends are about to become his worst enemies. See more »
Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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One of his better movies, where you can see the possibilities of true cinema See more (127 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Davis ... Lucy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Leslie

Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Janet (as Stephanie Roth)
Dan Frazer ... Janet's Dad
Joel Leffert ... Norman

Lynn Cohen ... Janet's Mom

Richard Benjamin ... Ken

Joe Buck ... Yankee Announcer (voice)
Jane Hoffman ... Grandma

Woody Allen ... Harry Block

Tobey Maguire ... Harvey Stern
Annette Arnold ... Rosalee
Frederick Rolf ... Harvey's Doctor

Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord ... Rosalee's Sister
Lortensia Hayes ... Jennifer
Alicia Meer ... Woman in Shoestore

Victoria Hale ... Woman in Shoestore
Irving Metzman ... Shoe Salesman

Sunny Chae ... Lily Chang
Ralph Pope ... Death

Robert Harper ... Harry's Doctor

Tony Darrow ... Camera Operator

Jonathan LaPaglia ... First Assistant Cameraperson
Jeff Mazzola ... Second Assistant Cameraperson
Timothy Jerome ... Director
Peter Castellotti ... Crew Member (as Pete Castellotti)

Robin Williams ... Mel

Judy Bauerlein ... Actress
Joseph P. Reidy ... First Assistant Director (as Joseph Reidy)
Phyllis Burdoe ... Script Supervisor / Harry's Character

Julie Kavner ... Grace
Barbara Hollander ... Mel's Daughter

Adam Rose ... Mel's Son
David S. Howard ... Mel's Doctor

Kirstie Alley ... Joan

Eric Lloyd ... Hilly

Mariel Hemingway ... Beth Kramer
Amanda Barudin ... Beth Kramer's Daughter

Demi Moore ... Helen

Stanley Tucci ... Paul Epstein
Juliet Gelfman-Randazzo ... Baby Hilly
Floyd Resnick ... Israeli Patient

Bob Balaban ... Richard
Brian McConnachie ... Dr. Reese

Elisabeth Shue ... Fay

Peter Jacobson ... Goldberg
Tracey Lynne Miller ... Goldberg's Girlfriend

Hazelle Goodman ... Cookie

Amy Irving ... Jane

Jennifer Garner ... Woman in Elevator

Caroline Aaron ... Doris

Eric Bogosian ... Burt
Irwin Charone ... Bar Mitzvah Host
Hy Anzell ... Max
Shifra Lerer ... Dolly
John Doumanian ... Bar Mitzvah Guest
Alexa Aronson ... Bar Mitzvah Guest

Kenneth Edelson ... Bar Mitzvah Guest
Viola Harris ... Elsie
Si Picker ... Wolf Fishbein
Howard Spiegel ... Mr. Farber

Billy Crystal ... Larry / The Devil
Eugene Troobnick ... Professor Wiggins
Scotty Bloch ... Ms. Paley
Ray Aranha ... Professor Aranha

Paul Giamatti ... Professor Abbott
Marvin Chatinover ... Professor Cole
Daniel Wolf ... Professor Wolf
Waltrudis Buck ... Dean of Adair University

Philip Bosco ... Professor Clark

Arden Myrin ... Student Mary
Daisy Prince ... Elevator Voice (voice)

Peter McRobbie ... Damned Man
Gene Saks ... Harry's Father

Dan Moran ... Devil
Ray Garvey ... Policeman on Campus
Linda Perri ... Policewoman on Campus

Tony Sirico ... Policeman at Jail
Jerry Bruno ... Electric Bass: Stebbins Hall Band
Ray Cohen ... Piano: Stebbins Hall Band
Michael Manishor ... Piano: Stebbins Hall Band
Dave Stettner ... Trumpet: Stebbins Hall Band
Sid Jenkowsky ... Saxophone & Clarinet: Stebbins Hall Band
Bobby Shankin ... Drums: Stebbins Hall Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Chalawsky ... Mendel Birnbaum (scenes deleted)
Dana Eshghi ... Student on Campus

Chris Bauer ... (uncredited)
Mitchell Bloom ... Bar Mitzvah Guest (uncredited)

Vernon Campbell ... Guard (uncredited)

Brett Glazer ... Student (uncredited)

Katie Piel ... Student #2 (uncredited)

Tim Realbuto ... Boy at Bar Mitzvah (uncredited)

Elisabeth Röhm ... (uncredited)
David Sontag ... Satan's Helper (uncredited)

Todd Stockman ... Father (uncredited)

Matilda Szydagis ... College Student (uncredited)

Jovanna Vitiello ... Actress (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Letty Aronson .... co-executive producer
J.E. Beaucaire .... executive producer
Richard Brick .... co-producer
Jean Doumanian .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... co-executive producer
Jack Rollins .... co-executive producer
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma (director of photography) (as Carlo DiPalma)
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
Art Direction by
Tom Warren 
Set Decoration by
Susan Kaufman 
Elaine O'Donnell 
Costume Design by
Suzy Benzinger 
Makeup Department
Margot Boccia .... makeup
Romaine Greene .... hair
Peggy Nicholson .... hair
Rosemary Zurlo .... makeup (as Rosemarie Zurlo)
Linda Lazar .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Charles Darby .... production manager
Linda Saffire .... post production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacey Beneville .... dga trainee
Richard Patrick .... first assistant director
Lisa M. Rowe .... second assistant director
Art Department
Frank Didio .... head carpenter
Peter Gelfman .... property master
Daniel K. Grosso .... set dresser
Vincent Guarriello .... chief construction grip
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator
Cliff Schorr .... standby scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Mark Bachman .... principal signwriter (uncredited)
Daniel Fisher .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Beth Kuhn .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Eric Lewin .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ronnie Petagna .... carpenter (uncredited)
Brett Pransky .... art crew (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant sound editor
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... assistant sound editor (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer: Sound One Corp.
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Hein)
Bradford L. Hohle .... sound consultant: Dolby
Toussaint Kotright .... cable man
Les Lazarowitz .... production sound mixer
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Anthony Ortiz .... boom operator
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Dustin DuPilka .... assistant foley artist (uncredited)
V.B. Paravati .... dailies transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bill Hansard .... projected fx: HEI
John Ottesen .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Katharine Baird .... digital roto artist: ILM (as Katherine C. Baird)
Cathy Burrows .... digital roto artist: ILM (as Cathy M. Burrow)
Tami Carter .... digital rotoscope artist: ILM
Camille Geier .... visual effects producer: ILM (as Camille Pirolo Geier)
Greg Hyman .... visual effects editor: ILM
Janet Lewin .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Greg Maloney .... digital compositor: ILM
Terry Molatore .... lead roto artist: ILM (as Terry Sittig-Molatore)
Dennis Muren .... creative advisor: ILM
Joshua Pines .... scanning supervisor: ILM
Thomas Rosseter .... visual effects supervisor: ILM (as Tom Rosseter)
Kenneth Smith .... digital timing supervisor: ILM
Camera and Electrical Department
David E. Baron .... second assistant cameraperson (as David Baron)
John Clifford .... still photographer
Jack Coffen .... best boy electric
Edward J. Egan III .... best boy grip
Michael Green .... camera operator
A. Lee Morris .... camera trainee
Gary Muller .... first assistant cameraperson
Michael Proscia Jr. .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Deborah Brozina .... second assistant camera: re-shoots (uncredited)
Howard J. Cournoyer .... moving light operator (uncredited)
Chris Hammond .... electrician (uncredited)
Wayne Paull .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Phillip Todd .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Fleet Emerson .... extras casting: Sylvia Fay Casting
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto .... casting associate (as Patricia Kerrigan)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lars Andersen .... assistant costume designer
Patrick Chevillot .... assistant costume designer
Kevin P. Faherty .... wardrobe supervisor (as Kevin Faherty)
Juliet Ouyoung .... assistant costume designer
Melissa Stanton .... wardrobe supervisor
Debra Tennenbaum .... assistant costume designer
Mitchell Bloom .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Rosemary Lepre .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Kay Michaels .... costume dyer (uncredited)
Roseann Milano .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jamal El-Amin .... apprentice editor
William Kruzykowski .... assistant film editor
Mark Livolsi .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Carmel Malin .... musicians coordinator
Jill Meyers .... music clearances
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation captain (as Ed 'Ack' Iacobelli)
Other crew
Jenn Blais .... set production assistant
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
David DiCerto .... assistant: to Mr. Brick
Drew Dillard .... location manager
Bronwen Epstein .... assistant production coordinator
Joe Facey .... craft service
Michael P. Fox .... production secretary
Lauren Gibson .... assistant: to Mr. Allen (as Lauren Gibson Chapin)
Ken Halsband .... location scout (as Kenneth Halsband)
Shell Hecht .... production coordinator
Diane Howells .... location assistant
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... assistant production auditor
John Mingalone .... set production assistant
Andy Muller .... set production assistant
Murphy Occhino .... set production assistant
Justin Reinsilber .... location assistant
Shea Rowan .... set production assistant
Marcy Shaffer .... location assistant
Joan Stein .... producing intern
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Craig Ulmschneider .... set production assistant
Steven Weisberg .... office assistant
Kathy Welch .... production auditor
Tom Yeager .... location scout (as Thomas Yeager)
Joseph Zolfo .... location scout
Eric Kopeloff .... assistant: Ms. Morse (uncredited)
Michelle Rouhani .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeremy Strong .... production intern (uncredited)
Eric Yellin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Greg Johnson .... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong language and some sexuality
96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR (Mono)

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Jennifer Garner's feature film debut.See more »
Burt:Do you care even about the holocaust, or do you think it never happened?
Harry Block:Not only do I know that we lost 6 million, but the scary thing is that records are made to be broken
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
One of his better movies, where you can see the possibilities of true cinema, 19 May 2004
Author: Daan Bolder from Amsterdam, Netherlands

I'm sure some people wouldn't agree with me, but this movie is a great piece of art on film. Like Hitchcock, Coppola, and others, Woody Allen is a real cinema artist. He makes great use of the possibilities of cinema without losing himself in expensive special effects.

Of course cinema is a medium to create a near-perfect realism on a fictional story. But it can also be an artistic medium. Playing with the possibilities. An example in this film is Robin Williams. A men who is 'out of focus'.

The story is, like most films, not very original. A character that struggles with his personality and social life. But unlike most movies, you can see an artist made this film. It's a Woody Allen creation. His own style, his own characters, his own humor. Not a collection of an expensive scriptwriter with an expensive director, an expensive special effects team , an expensive director of photography etc. to make a total non-personal creation for the big public. Of course the whole crew did a perfect job, but it is surely a Woody Allen film!

A great movie with a nice plot. Some nice switching in timeline and fiction / reality (for the story that is) makes it more interesting then the story really is. Also the jumpcuts, the camera movement, the cast and the humor are making this film a must see! Even if you are not a Woody Allen fan you will like this movie. If you are a fan of big blockbuster movies (standard Hollywood confention movies) this movie is a must see as well! Not only to see the real art of cinema (something different then perfect special effects) but also just for a nice evening and some good humor.

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