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New York, New York (1977)

PG | | Drama, Music, Musical | 21 June 1977 (USA)
An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Earl Mac Rauch (screenplay), Mardik Martin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liza Minnelli ... Francine Evans
Robert De Niro ... Jimmy Doyle
Lionel Stander ... Tony Harwell
Barry Primus ... Paul Wilson
Mary Kay Place ... Bernice Bennett
Georgie Auld Georgie Auld ... Frankie Harte
George Memmoli ... Nicky
Dick Miller ... Palm Club Owner
Murray Moston Murray Moston ... Horace Morris
Leonard Gaines Leonard Gaines ... Artie Kirks (as Lenny Gaines)
Clarence Clemons ... Cecil Powell
Kathi McGinnis Kathi McGinnis ... Ellen Flannery
Norman Palmer Norman Palmer ... Desk Clerk
Adam David Winkler Adam David Winkler ... Jimmy Doyle Jr.
Dimitri Logothetis ... Desk Clerk
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Storyline

The day WWII ends, Jimmy, a selfish and smooth-talking musician, meets Francine, a lounge singer. From that moment on, their relationship grows into love as they struggle with their careers and aim for the top. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Taglines:

The war was over and the world was falling in love again. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York, New York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,400,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1981 re-issue) | (re-cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Steven Prince directed a scene himself when Martin Scorsese walked off the set after a dispute with Robert De Niro. See more »

Goofs

During the VJ dance sequence when Jimmy (DeNiro) is initially trying to pick up Francine (Minnelli), the cherry in her drink disappears (when she eats it in one shot) but then reappears in her drink only to disappear in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Where is she?
Tony Harwell: Why should I tell you where she is if she doesn't tell you where she is in the letter?
Jimmy: Then why do you take the time to come out to Brooklyn to give me this letter if you don't think she cares enough about me to let me know where she is, or to let you know to let me know where she is? Doesn't that makes sense to you?
Tony Harwell: It should, but it don't.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 153 minutes, then cut to 136 minutes and finally re-released in 1981 in a 164-minutes special edition with restored material, including the complete musical number "Happy Endings," which was seen in a much shorter version in the originally released version of the film. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Endings
(restored print of the film only)
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by Liza Minnelli (uncredited), Larry Kert (uncredited) and chorus
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This film makes my top 20 of all time! I kid you not!
19 June 2001 | by gasgiantSee all my reviews

New York, New York is a marvel. The beautiful production design of this dark chamber musical helps us see a side of post-War America many of us are unfamiliar with. The destructive relationship of lead characters Francine Evans and Jimmy Doyle (Liza Minelli and Robert DeNiro) does not obscure their obvious love for each other and their music. The film is a burgundy-tinged valentine to the musicals of the 40's, and there is frequent wonderful humor and a delightful supporting turn by Lionel Stander. Do not listen to the nay-sayers; this is Martin Scorsese's finest film.


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