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Melinda and Melinda -- Two alternating stories about Melinda's (Mitchell) attempts to straighten out her life.
Melinda and Melinda -- Two alternating stories about Melinda's (Mitchell) attempts to straighten out her life.

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Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
29 October 2004 (Spain) See more »
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One love story. Two versions. Seriously funny. See more »
Plot:
Two alternating stories about Melinda's (Mitchell) attempts to straighten out her life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Delightful mix of experimentation, casual self-reflection and fairly well-delivered entertainment See more (174 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Wallace Shawn ... Sy
Neil Pepe ... Al
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Louise

Larry Pine ... Max

Radha Mitchell ... Melinda Robicheaux

Michael J. Farina ... Man with Dog

Jonny Lee Miller ... Lee

Chloë Sevigny ... Laurel

Matt Servitto ... Jack Oliver

Arija Bareikis ... Sally Oliver

Brooke Smith ... Cassie

Zak Orth ... Peter

Will Ferrell ... Hobie

Andy Borowitz ... Doug

Amanda Peet ... Susan

Shalom Harlow ... Joan

David Aaron Baker ... Steve Walsh

Christina Kirk ... Jennifer

Alyssa Pridham ... Acting Student

Katie Kreisler ... Director

Quincy Rose ... 2nd A.D.

Steve Carell ... Walt

Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Ellis Moonsong
Richard Holmes ... Party Guest (as Rick Vincent Holmes)
Michelle Durning ... Party Guest (as Michele Durning)

Geoffrey Nauffts ... Bud Silverglide

Josh Brolin ... Greg Earlinger
Yi-wen Jiang ... Shanghai Quartet (as Yi-Wen Jiang)
Honggang Li ... Shanghai Quartet
Weigang Li ... Shanghai Quartet
Nick Tzavaras ... Shanghai Quartet (as Nicholas Tzavaras)
Rob Buntzen ... Antique Shop Owner

Daniel Sunjata ... Billy Wheeler

Vinessa Shaw ... Stacey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lauren Adler ... Waitress (uncredited)

David Boston ... Racetrack Bettor (uncredited)

James Ecklund ... Kissing Guy (uncredited)

Kenneth Edelson ... Disco Guest (uncredited)
Alex Harder ... Waiter (uncredited)

Sabrina Lloyd ... (uncredited)

Jacqueline Lovell ... Halloween Partygoer (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Michalina Scorzelli ... Susan's Neighbor (uncredited)
Natalie Silverlieb ... Mandy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Woody Allen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Letty Aronson .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... co-executive producer
Helen Robin .... co-producer
Jack Rollins .... co-executive producer
Stephen Tenenbaum .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
 
Film Editing by
Alisa Lepselter 
 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
 
Art Direction by
Tom Warren 
 
Set Decoration by
Regina Graves 
 
Costume Design by
Judy L. Ruskin  (as Judy Ruskin Howell)
 
Makeup Department
Robert Fama .... hair stylist
Wayne Herndon .... key hair stylist
Lori Hicks .... key makeup artist
Nuria Sitja .... makeup artist
Fern Feller .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Lorraine Godfrey .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Helen Robin .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dean Garvin .... second assistant director
Richard Patrick .... first assistant director
Kevin Shaw .... dga trainee
Kathleen E. Kearney .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Danielle Rigby .... first assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Julia Barraclough .... scenic artist
Michael J. Cerullo .... chief construction grip (as Michael Cerullo)
Ed Ferraro .... stand-by carpenter
Danielle Giovanniello .... assistant property master
Rafael Gonell .... art department/shop assistant
Daniel K. Grosso .... leadman
John Kouromihelakis .... art department/shop assistant
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
Wayne Moss .... construction coordinator
Ron Petagna .... head carpenter (as Ronald Petagna)
Chinyere Ryan .... scenic artist
Cliff Schorr .... stand-by scenic artist
R. Vincent Smith .... assistant property master
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Paul Weathered .... property master
Frank Weysos .... art department/shop assistant (as Frank Leal)
Vincent Guarriello .... key construction grip (uncredited)
Sarah Maine .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... production sound mixer
Coll Anderson .... foley editor
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Ryan Collison .... foley recording engineer
Frank Graziadei .... boom operator
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Thomas Kodros .... consultant: Dolby Sound
Michelle Mader .... cable person
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Dave Paterson .... sound effects editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Marilyn Teorey .... apprentice sound editor
David Wahnon .... first assistant sound editor
Akil Wilson .... assistant sound editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Ottesen .... special effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Balzarini .... second assistant camera
David E. Baron .... first assistant camera
Michael Green .... camera operator
Scott Gregoire .... best boy electric
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Elizabeth Hedges .... camera loader
Petr Hlinomaz .... gaffer
Gary Martone .... key grip
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer assistant
Tally Morse .... dolly grip
Charles Quinlivan .... best boy grip
Kyle Rudolph .... steadicam
David J. Thompson .... steadicam (as David Thompson)
Tim Davies .... grip (uncredited)
Glenn Fishel .... grip (uncredited)
Anna Novick .... grip (uncredited)
Jon W. Rosenbloom .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: Kee Casting
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto .... casting associate
Julie Schubert .... casting assistant
Bill Tripician .... extras casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... wardrobe supervisor
Stephanie Biear .... shop wardrobe supervisor
Mark Cronogue .... costume assistant
Winsome G. McKoy .... wardrobe supervisor (as Winsome McKoy)
Yleana Nunez .... costume assistant (as Yleana Nuñez)
Frankie Ritacco .... assistant costume designer (as Frankie Ritacco Sirianni)
 
Editorial Department
Sara Corrigan .... first assistant editor
Elise DuRant .... apprentice editor (as Elise Du Rant)
Morgan Neville .... assistant editor (as Neville A. Morgan)
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
 
Music Department
Jill Meyers .... music clearances
Roy B. Yokelson .... music recording engineer
Dick Hyman .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Peter Tavis .... transportation captain
Timothy J. Wood .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Sarah Allentuch .... assistant: Mr. Allen
Abby Bailey .... assistant production accountant
Daniela Barbosa .... set production assistant
Greg Conroy .... location scout
Edgar de la O. .... production office assistant (as Edgar de la O)
Leo Driver .... parking coordinator
Tracy Ershow .... set production assistant
James Feldman .... set production assistant
Eduardo Garabal .... location assistant
Steve Gilbaud .... payroll accountant (as Steve Guilbaud)
Janet Henry .... location scout
Pino Insegno .... voice dubbing: Will Ferrell
Scott Kordish .... production coordinator
Brian Lamia .... location assistant
Adam Leon .... production office assistant
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... production accountant
Daniel Lowe .... production assistant (as Daniel Hamilton-Lowe)
Derek J. Manganelli .... location assistant (as Derek Manganelli)
Gil McKinney .... set production assistant
Christie Mullen .... location manager
John Spady .... location scout
Irwin J. Tenenbaum .... legal services: Loeb & Loeb
Amy R. Trachtman .... assistant production coordinator
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Sheila Waldron .... script supervisor (as Sheila G. Waldron)
Eric Wrolstad .... assistant location manager
Leslee Dart .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ged Dickersin .... location scout (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Joe James .... stand-in (uncredited)
Justin Pandolfino .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christine Putnam .... production assistant (uncredited)
William Sepulveda .... craft service (uncredited)
Eugene Stamos .... additional craft service assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Greg Johnson .... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank
Jessica Rose .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated PG-13 for adult situations involving sexuality, and some substance material
Runtime:
99 min
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Trivia:
Demetri Martin auditioned for the role that was vacated by Robert Downey Jr. and taken over by Will Ferrell.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In one of the beginning scenes for the "drama" version of Melinda's tale the battery pack for her microphone creates a very noticeable bulge in the lower back of her shirt. Whenever she stands up from leaning on the kitchen table the bulge turns into the shape of a square.See more »
Quotes:
Susan:I wish we could afford a place in the Hamptons. Everybody who's anybody has one.
Hobie:Yeah, but if you're somebody who's nobody, it's no fun to be around anybody who's everybody.
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Movie Connections:
References Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)See more »
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Sapphic OdeSee more »

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46 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Delightful mix of experimentation, casual self-reflection and fairly well-delivered entertainment, 16 April 2005
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

Have you ever had one of those days when life seemed terrible and everything in your world made you miserable?

But then have you had one such day and, in a moment - maybe after a word from a loved one or friend, or a sudden flash of inspiration, or even a physiological stimulus such as a cup of coffee - realised things weren't so miserable after all - maybe even had tears of sorrow turn to tears of laughter? And if those tears keep flowing, aren't they the same tears?

A couple of playwrights, New York intellectuals, are idly discussing the 'life is tragedy or comedy according to your perspective' theme in a Manhattan café. So starts Woody Allen story in Melinda and Melinda. Working from a basic storyline, a girl arriving unannounced at a dinner party, two alternative stories unfold, one comic and one tragic. Both overlap without being identical, in themes, the actress playing the visitor, and sometimes even dialogue.

I started off concentrating hard to make sure I didn't confuse the two interwoven tales, and also concentrating hard to see if a deep philosophical point was going to be made. After half an hour or so I stopped giving too much effort to either and just sat back and enjoyed.

As entertainment, Melinda and Melinda contains so many wonderful ingredients - wit, pathos, hilarity, great acting, suspense, moral intrigue. Visually it's also very pleasing - from the lovingly crafted and vibrant New York interiors of which Allen is so fond, to the eye candy in the form of hunks like Chiwetel Ejiofor (the captivating suitor to one of the Melindas) or the remarkable Chloë Sevigny.

Sevigny, in a supporting role, gives a beautifully nuanced performance. As an actress, she has not relied on her sylph like looks but adamantly stuck to parts in (largely) Independent films that both develop her as an actress and show her commitment and integrity in her profession.

But the main role, that of Melinda(s), is reserved for Radha Mitchell, who has to play both a seriously (and slightly scary) tragic persona, hair and worn features showing her traumatic life, and then moments later the comic Melinda whose madcap gaiety puts a sparkle into proceedings. Both roles are pushed - especially in a scene where each Melinda tries to throw herself from a window. The difference between comedy and tragedy is mostly visible in Melinda.

Woody Allen is a professional filmmaker that consistently churns out movies on a very reasonable budget, some better, some worse, but very rarely is there one that doesn't provide a passable hour and a half of entertainment for the price of admission. There are some people who mostly dislike his work, or are only won over by masterpieces such as Hannah and Her Sisters, or ones that come close, like Deconstructing Harry or Mighty Aphrodite. Melinda and Melinda is probably not in either league, but it is still a very worthwhile accomplishment. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it's a moving film in places and plays with ideas like suspension of belief. And yes, it made me think - but so much so that serious reflection got in the way of pure enjoyment.

There are plenty of flaws - the basic idea never rises above armchair philosophy, there is no great resolution to bring a sense of meaning after the film has finished. The difference between tragedy and comedy for instance, while it might be separated by a hair's breadth in the cosmic scale of things (or within writers' building blocks), is very real for people undergoing real tragedy. Laughter can be justified more easily when it lightens suffering, rather than laughing at it or ignoring it. Cinema has its limits. Interestingly, Allen's cinema has plenty of self-imposed limits that suggest it doesn't take itself too seriously - no expensive special effects, A-List stars only in moderation, no lingering close-ups for actors to practise Oscar-begging expressions; it borrows far more from European than British or American cinema. He seems to get on with the job instead of making it all-important in itself. Even his own philosophising seems not to draw direct attention in his films. "I have an extremely pessimistic outlook and so to me the glass is always empty. Not half empty, but completely empty. My feelings are summed up by the character who says, in effect, that life is basically tragic but there are little islands of comedy in it."

If you have very fixed views about Woody Allen films you will already know whether you want to go and see Melinda and Melinda. For others, you may find that the deft delivery of comedy is worth more than a cursory glance. Allen's prolific output, occasional innovation, and his apparent consistent ability to follow his own agenda rather than that of the big studios mark him as someone to watch both now and by film historians.

Ironically, for someone with such an outlook, he contributes many 'little islands of comedy' to what might be seen as a long-suffering and out of touch industry. I definitely enjoyed this bout of island hopping.

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