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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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Emily (as Anne Byrne)
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
Television Actor #2
Television Actor #3
Damion Scheller ...
Isaac's Son
Shakespearean Actor (as Mary Linn Baker)
Shakespearean Actress
Bill Anthony ...
Porsche Owner #1
John Doumanian ...
Porsche Owner #2
Raymond Serra ...
Pizzeria Waiter (as Ray Serra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Man on Street (uncredited)
Woman Riding the Elevator (uncredited)
Llewellyn Lafford ...
Broadway Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jaywalker (uncredited)
Atmosphere (uncredited)

Directed by

Woody Allen

Written by

Woody Allen ... (written by) and
Marshall Brickman ... (written by)

Produced by

Robert Greenhut ... executive producer
Charles H. Joffe ... producer
Jack Rollins ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Gordon Willis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Susan E. Morse ... film editor

Editorial Department

Michael R. Miller ... assistant film editor

Casting By

Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

Mel Bourne

Set Decoration by

Robert Drumheller

Costume Design by

Albert Wolsky

Makeup Department

Fern Buchner ... makeup artist
Romaine Greene ... hair stylist
Craig Lyman ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Martin Danzig ... production manager
Michael Peyser ... unit supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Frederic B. Blankfein ... assistant director (as Fredric B. Blankfein)
Lewis Gould ... dga trainee (as Lewis H. Gould)
Joan Van Horn ... second assistant director (as Joan Spiegel Feinstein)

Art Department

Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... carpenter (as Joseph Badaluco)
Leslie Bloom ... property master
Justin Scoppa Jr. ... set dresser
Cosmo Sorice ... scenic artist
James Sorice ... scenic artist
Morris Weinman ... set dresser

Sound Department

Jack Higgins ... re-recording mixer
Vito L. Ilardi ... boom man (as Vito Ilardi)
Lowell Mate ... assistant sound editor
James Sabat ... sound mixer
Dan Sable ... sound editor
Leslie Gaulin ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)


Victoria Vanderkloot ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Brian Hamill ... still photographer
Jim Hovey ... assistant cameraman (as James Hovey)
Fred Schuler ... camera operator
Dusty Wallace ... gaffer
Robert Ward ... key grip
Douglas C. Hart ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Robert Paone ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

Howard Feuer ... casting associate
Jeremy Ritzer ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Clifford Capone ... costumer
C.J. Donnelly ... wardrobe supervisor
Ralph Lauren ... wardrobe: Mr. Allen

Location Management

Kathleen McGill ... location auditor

Music Department

Bud Graham ... music recording engineer
Andrew Kazdin ... audio producer: New York Philharmonic
Ray Moore ... music recording engineer
Tom Pierson ... music adaptor / music arranger
Don Rose ... music arranger: Buffalo Philharmonic

Transportation Department

James Fanning ... transportation captain

Other crew

Kay Chapin ... script supervisor
Cheryl Hill ... production assistant
Scott MacDonough ... unit publicist
Jennifer Ogden ... production office coordinator
Gail Sicilia ... assistant: Mr. Allen
Robert E. Warren ... production assistant
Charles Zalben ... production assistant
Dennis Kear ... stand-in: Woody Allen (uncredited)


Paul Glanzman ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Lieutenant Paul Glanzman)
Ed Koch ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Mayor Ed Koch)
Nancy Littlefield ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
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Plot Summary

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 Wilkie, the mistress of his best friend, college professor Yale Pollack. Although Isaac's first impression of Mary is that she is a pretentious intellectual, he falls for her. They do become friends with the potential of becoming more than just friends as she knows that being the "other woman" in Yale's life is not a long term role that she wants. An Isaac/Mary coupling may complicate matters even more with Yale being mutually in their lives. Regardless, Isaac may be able to rationalize events after they happen, no matter what those events are. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Manhetenas (Lithuania)
  • Menhetn (Serbia)
  • Мангеттен (Ukraine)
  • Манхэттен (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Μανχάταν (Greece)
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  • 96 min
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Budget $9,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $485,734, 29 Apr 1979

Did You Know?

Trivia Woody Allen disliked his work in this film so much he offered to direct another film for United Artists for free if they kept Manhattan (1979) on the shelf for good. Allan later reportedly said: "I just thought to myself, 'At this point in my life, if this is the best I can do, they shouldn't give me money to make movies'." See more »
Goofs When Isaac asks Tracy how old he will be when she is thirty-six, she says "sixty-three," and he agrees. Earlier Isaac says that she is seventeen and he is forty-two, which means he is 25 years older than her, and would therefore be sixty-one, not sixty-three. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Diane Keaton (2001). See more »
Soundtracks Rhapsody in Blue See more »
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 »
Quotes Isaac Davis: My analyst warned me, but you were so beautiful I got another analyst.
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