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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cecilia
... Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd
... Monk
Irving Metzman ... Theater Manager
Stephanie Farrow ... Cecilia's Sister
David Kieserman ... Diner Boss
Elaine Grollman ... Diner Patron
Victoria Zussin ... Diner Patron
Mark Hammond ... Diner Patron
Wade Barnes ... Diner Patron
Joseph G. Graham ... Diner Patron
Don Quigley ... Diner Patron
Maurice Brenner ... Diner Patron
... Penny Pitcher
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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19 April 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La rosa púrpura del Cairo  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,095, 3 March 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,631,333
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1.85 : 1
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Jeff Daniels replaced Michael Keaton in the lead male role. Keaton was originally cast footage was shot for ten days. Director Woody Allen decided it wasn't working feeling, that Keaton, despite a good performance so far, was miscast being too contemporary for the part and was not fitting well into this period movie. Keaton had taken sizable salary cut to do a film with Allen. Apparently, Keaton was to appear in another later Allen film to make-up for this disappointment, but to date (April, 2018) this has yet to occur. See more »

Goofs

As Cecilia and Gil play and sing in the music store, the camera casts a shadow in the lower left that disappears as it pulls back to a wide angle shot. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Alexander Cohen's name is listed as "Alexander H. Cohen" in the opening credits, although the middle initial is dropped in the end credits. See more »

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Featured in Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002) See more »

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Alabamy Bound
(1925)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. De Sylva) and Bud Green
Played by Cynthia Sayer (uncredited) and
Sung by Jeff Daniels (uncredited)
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The only Woody Allen that I hadn't seen. I was waiting for the opportunity to see it on a proper screen in a proper movie theater, with other people you know, like in the previous century. At the end I was convinced to see it in a friend's living room but in one of those super duper mega wide TV screens. What a delight! A movie about the love of something not quite real but that it becomes the more real thing in our lives. The transportation that Mia Farrow goes through while sitting in the movie theater brought tears to my eyes - my friend turned to me in disbelief "Are you weeping? He asked. Well yes, I was. I can't explain it. Have you seen the movie? Sometimes I felt I wanted to sit next to Mia Farrow in see the movie she's watching all the way through. Why not, Jeff Daniels, Mia Farrow, John Wood, Zoe Caldwell, Van Johnson, please! It's so much better in here than out here. You can bet I will see this again. Top notch.


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