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The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

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In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Farrow ... Cecilia
Jeff Daniels ... Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd
Danny Aiello ... Monk
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... Theater Manager
Stephanie Farrow Stephanie Farrow ... Cecilia's Sister
David Kieserman David Kieserman ... Diner Boss
Elaine Grollman Elaine Grollman ... Diner Patron
Victoria Zussin Victoria Zussin ... Diner Patron
Mark Hammond Mark Hammond ... Diner Patron
Wade Barnes Wade Barnes ... Diner Patron
Joseph G. Graham Joseph G. Graham ... Diner Patron
Don Quigley Don Quigley ... Diner Patron
Maurice Brenner Maurice Brenner ... Diner Patron
Paul Herman ... Penny Pitcher
Rick Petrucelli Rick Petrucelli ... Penny Pitcher
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Storyline

Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey during the Depression and is searching for an escape from her dreary life. Tom Baxter is a dashing young archaeologist in the film "The Purple Rose of Cairo." After losing her job Cecilia goes to see the film in hopes of raising her spirits. Much to her surprise Tom Baxter walks off the screen and into her life. There's only one problem..Tom isn't real. Meanwhile Hollywood is up in arms when they dicover that other Tom Baxters are trying to leave the screen in other theatres. Will Tom ever return and finish the film or will he decide to stay in the real world? Written by Ricky Darbonne <nsdar8115@alpha.nsula.edu>

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She's finally met the man of her dreams. He's not real but you can't have everything. [Video]


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La rosa púrpura del Cairo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,095, 3 March 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,631,333
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Eric Lax's book, this movie is one of Woody Allen's favorite films of his own. They are in order: Match Point (2005), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Stardust Memories (1980), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). See more »

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Although the film is set in 1935, the "inner" film has no specific date so the reference to the Copacobana Club, which opened in 1940, could simply be forward thinking by the director of the inner film. Also Tom remarks in New York that 24 hours previously he was in Egypt. It would be many years after 1935 that he could have done that journey so quickly by air. See more »

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[first lines]
Theater Manager: Oh Cecilia, be careful! You all right?
Cecilia: Yeah.
Theater Manager: You're gonna like this one, it's better than last week's, more romantic.
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Nice Mix Makes This Inventive Film Appealing
19 April 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a unique storyline - a character comes right out of the movie screen to join the "real" world - at the time. I've seen several others copy this sort of thing, although it also was done in some silent comedies, too, if memory serves. Nonetheless, it was done well here and I got a kick out of watching it back in the '80s. It's part fantasy, romance, drama, comedy. Woody Allen, who made this movie, is not on screen.

I have found (with one or two exceptions) that I like the best when he only narrated, such as in "Radio Days" and "Sweet And Lowdown." I like it when he leaves the acting to others.

Mia Farrow as "Cecilia" Jeff Daniels does a terrific job in a dual role, playing Tom Baxter and Gil Shepherd. One an actor, the other a "real-life" guy. Mia Farrow is appealing, as she usually was, as "Cecilia." Danny Aiello is another usually-interesting actor who gets your attention no matter who he is playing.

An inventive film that still holds up today.


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