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Manhattan (1979)

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The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Isaac
... Mary
... Yale
... Tracy
... Jill
... Emily (as Anne Byrne)
... Connie
... Dennis
Victor Truro ... Party Guest
... Party Guest
... Party Guest
Bella Abzug ... Guest of Honor
Gary Weis ... Television Director
Kenny Vance ... Television Producer
Charles Levin ... Television Actor #1
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Forty-two year old Isaac Davis has a romanticized view of his hometown, New York City, most specifically Manhattan, as channeled through the lead character in the first book he is writing, despite his own Manhattan-based life being more of a tragicomedy. He has just quit his job as a hack writer for a bad television comedy, he, beyond the ten second rush of endorphins during the actual act of quitting, now regretting the decision, especially as he isn't sure he can live off his book writing career. He is paying two alimonies, his second ex-wife, Jill Davis, a lesbian, who is writing her own tell-all book of their acrimonious split. The one somewhat positive aspect of his life is that he is dating a young woman named Tracy, although she is only seventeen and still in high school. Largely because of their differences a big part of which is due to their ages, he does not see a long term future with her. His life has the potential to be even more tragicomical when he meets journalist Mary... Written by Huggo

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Woody Allen's New Comedy Hit

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25 April 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Manhetenas  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$485,734, 29 April 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,700,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Isaac talks to Mary in the museum, he says that the brain is the most overrated body part. In Sleeper (1973) Miles Monroe says that it's his second favorite body part. See more »

Goofs

It seems inexcusable that both Jill and Jill's editor did not know that, by writing about her and Isaac's marriage in her book, that she was setting herself up for a huge libel and defamation lawsuit, since Isaac (Woody Allen) was a private citizen and his privacy rights were grossly violated, even at the time the movie was made. See more »

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[music: the opening of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Voiceover]
Isaac Davis: Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. Eh uh, no, make that he, he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. Uh, no, let me start this over.
Isaac Davis: Chapter One: He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on...
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Crazy Credits

One of the very few Woody Allen films to not have traditional opening credits, save the production company bumper (United Artists), and the film title MANHATTAN is seen as a long vertical flashing bright neon sign, located on the side of a New York City building, and is seen for under seven seconds just before Woody Allen narrates his first line. See more »

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Do-Do-Do
(1926)
Music by George Gershwin
Performed by New York Philharmonic (as The New York Philharmonic)
Music director: Zubin Mehta
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For anyone who's been in love, or anyone who loves New York.
3 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

No-one can question Woody Allen's status as one of America's premier film directors, and anyone well-versed with his works should not hesitate before nominating 'Manhattan' as his finest film. This movie is a masterpiece; visually and intellectually, it shows Woody Allen at the absolute peak of his art. Shot in a stylistic black and white widescreen format, the cinematography of 'Manhattan' is breathtaking, and Allen's dialogue and command of situation are even better than usual, if that is possible. The heartfelt angst and bittersweet hopelessness of the characters are uncamouflaged even by the sleek cinematographic style of the movie. This movie is Woody Allen's valentine to the city he has such a symbiotic relationship with, and nowhere have I seen New York filmed as artistically as here. Mariel Hemmingway and Diane Keaton give inspired performances around Woody's perfectly played character resulting in what can only be considered a modern masterpiece.


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