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Writer (WGA):
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2 January 1998 (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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  (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

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

Vernon Campbell ... Guard (uncredited)
Dana Eshghi ... Student on Campus (uncredited)

Brett Glazer ... Student (uncredited)

Katie Piel ... Student #2 (uncredited)

Tim Realbuto ... Boy at Bar Mitzvah (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)
Christopher G. Markunas .... carpenter (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 Burrow .... 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
Location Management
Drew Dillard .... location manager
Ken Halsband .... location scout (as Kenneth Halsband)
Diane Howells .... location assistant
Justin Reinsilber .... location assistant
Marcy Shaffer .... location assistant
Tom Yeager .... location scout (as Thomas Yeager)
Joseph Zolfo .... location scout
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
Bronwen Epstein .... assistant production coordinator
Joe Facey .... craft service
Michael P. Fox .... production secretary
Lauren Gibson .... assistant: to Mr. Allen (as Lauren Gibson Chapin)
Shell Hecht .... production coordinator
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... assistant production auditor
John Mingalone .... set production assistant
Andy Muller .... set production assistant
Murphy Occhino .... set production assistant
Shea Rowan .... set production assistant
Joan Stein .... producing intern
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Craig Ulmschneider .... set production assistant
Steven Weisberg .... office assistant
Kathy Welch .... production auditor
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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Additional Details

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Rated R for strong language and some sexuality
96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby SR (Mono)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Albert Brooks was the last actor to be offered the role of Harry. In an interview with Playboy magazine, he stated that he received a nice letter from Woody Allen offering him the role. Brooks responded, "It was insane that Allen didn't do it himself." Apparently, Woody took his advice.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In Harry's line "I once almost ran over a book critic..." the word "book" doesn't match his lips; "book" is dubbed over what looks to be "film."See more »
Fay:You love baseball.
Harry Block:Baseball's easy because it has rules. It has foul lines.
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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Vulgar, funny, honest, sad, a little bizarre, 3 March 1999
Author: Susan Thrasher from Eastbourne, New Zealand

Woody bares his soul--again--and if the introspective vision of the sad clown (growing old) isn't what you're expecting, the film is likely to be a disappointment. The film is funny, of course, and vulgar (as most Allen movies are), but it's also bitter and cynical, and rather sad.

The jerky jump-cuts might be a stylized editing cover-up for jumping from take to take to utilise the best performances of a pantheon of actors, or they might be planned...I don't know. I had to see a few of them before I settled into accepting them as "the style", but I decided they work in this film.

Other "user comments" complain about Woody and the sexy young women. That bothers me in some films, but not here. Here it's part of Harry's character--part of Woody's "character"--and is clearly part of his problem.

I think this is an honest film, a sad and revealing film about one of the most clever and creative writers in America. It's funny, it's witty, and it's also depressing. It has moments of pure, laugh-out-loud humour (eg. the elevator going down to the bottom floor of hell; Harry arriving at the honouring ceremony with a dead body, a prostitute, and his "kidnapped" son in the car), but underneath it's the story of a man who cannot function happily in real life, only in the fictions he creates. Although fantasy plays a major role in the story, the story is not a fantasy. The parallels between Allen himself and the character and plot he's created here are obvious.

I enjoyed watching this video, and would recommend it-- selectively--to friends. If you like the Allen sense of humour, want to see a fairly unusual editing style used effectively, want to see some superb acting cameos by some very talented actors, or have an interest in the torments of a neurotic middle-aged genius and how they might be revealed on film, then you'll like this movie. If this doesn't sound like your kind of thing, watch something else.

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