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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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A love story is like a song. It's beautiful while it lasts. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The moment when Jimmy attempts to stop the train from moving was improvised by 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: Let me ask you something. You got any other advice for me?
Tony Harwell: Yes. Stay off the junk, and you'll go far.
Jimmy: Fine. Thanks a lot. Swell of you to say that.
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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

References Summer Stock (1950) 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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The "lost" Scorsese film
3 December 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

This was a real change of pace for director Martin Scorsese--he decided to do a drama/love story with music set in the 1940s. But he wanted a DOWNBEAT film. It was released in 1977 (after about 20 minutes were cut out by the studio) and was torn apart by the critics. It was reissued in 1981 with all the cut footage restored (it now runs 165 minutes) and the critics raved about it! Go figure. After that, however, it seemed to disappear. Too bad--it's actually good.

It's about clarinet player Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro) falling in love with Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli). She's a singer and they preform together in the same band. But Jimmy has serious temper problems and when Francine gets pregnant things go out of control.

The film is certainly stunning to look at--the sets and cinematography are just great. Some of the sets are (quite obviously) fake but it actually works in this movie. It seems to be a homage to the big, splashy Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s--but has its characters act like real people and deal with adult situations. The direction by Scorsese is (of course) wonderful. What's especially surprising is his directing of the big "Happy Endings" musical number (which was originally completely cut)--who knew Scorsese could direct a musical?

The acting is good--almost too good. Minnelli is very good as Francine--she's just magical when she sings and there's a powerful sequence when she just explodes in the back of a car. De Niro plays Doyle as an insensitive jerk--and that's the main problem with this film. His character is loud, immature, obnoxious and always pushing Minnelli around. More than once I wanted her to turn around and punch him out. His character is so unlikable it's hard to really give a damn about him. But Minnelli is beautiful and likable and the sets are unbelievable. The music is great and when Minnelli sings "New York New York" you can't take your eyes from the screen. Also old time stage actor Larry Kert (who sadly died on AIDS in 1991) pops up at the "Happy Endings" sequence--what a voice!

A lot of people find this film sick and too dark--it is, but it IS a Martin Scorsese film. It should be reissued again and find a new audience. It's been over 20 years. Well worth seeing.


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