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Zelig (1983)

"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Leonard Zelig
Mia Farrow ... Dr. Eudora Nesbitt Fletcher
Patrick Horgan ... The Narrator (voice)
John Buckwalter ... Dr. Sindell
Marvin Chatinover ... Glandular Diagnosis Doctor
Stanley Swerdlow Stanley Swerdlow ... Mexican Food Doctor
Paul Nevens Paul Nevens ... Dr. Birsky
Howard Erskine Howard Erskine ... Hypodermic Doctor
George Hamlin George Hamlin ... Experimental Drugs Doctor
Ralph Bell Ralph Bell ... Other Doctor
Richard Whiting Richard Whiting ... Other Doctor
Will Hussung Will Hussung ... Other Doctor (as Will Hussong)
Robert Iglesia Robert Iglesia ... Man in Barber Chair
Eli Resnick Eli Resnick ... Man in Park
Edward McPhillips Edward McPhillips ... Scotsman
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Storyline

Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, Babe Ruth, and others. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 August 1983 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cat's Pyjamas See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,119, 17 July 1983

Gross USA:

$11,798,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,798,616
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Susan Sontag: The academic as herself. See more »

Goofs

Stock footage, particularly of crowd scenes, from the mid-to-late 1920s, continues into the 1930s decade. See more »

Quotes

Wrist Victim: He was the guy who smashed my car up. It was brand new. Then he backed-up over my mother's wrist. She's elderly... and uses her wrist a lot.
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.11 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Leonard the Lizard
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Composed by Dick Hyman
Sung by Bernie Kuce, Steve Clayton and Tony Wells
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More Relentless Self-Deprecation From The King
30 July 2015 | by kjphylandSee all my reviews

This could well be a review of 90% of Woody Allen's oeuvre. The film is a smorgasbord of fabulousness - exquisite concepts, very clever lines and very funny ones. No film maker has ever had such a grasp of irony, sarcasm and the ridiculous, and still imbue it with wit and (occasionally) subtlety. But it is the relentless self-deprecation and extant feelings of worthlessness that eventually become wearing after you have watched as many Allen films as I have. This is the film that most impresses you with his confusion over identity however. I could go on about self-analysis for pages but it's unnecessary...just watch any given Woody Allen film. He mellows it out with a rather forlorn sense of romance that becomes endearing rather than pathetic...a skill that is essential to engage with his films. This is a fine film. Oh yeah...and very funny...if you get the references.


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