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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 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 ... 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 ... Diner Patron
Paul Herman ... Penny Pitcher
Rick Petrucelli Rick Petrucelli ... Penny Pitcher
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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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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

Although the film's fictional namesake has scenes filmed in the Copacabana club in New York, the club was not open until November 1940. This is not consistent with the actual film, which is set during the Great Depression. 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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Connections

Features Top Hat (1935) See more »

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One Day at a Time
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Written by Dick Hyman
Sung by Karen Akers twice
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Flawless in its own way, a pure pleasure to sit back and lose yourself
23 November 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

There's no way you can't like the ingenuity of the movie, and the fun it has. It's about the joy of life, and love of the movies, and the difficulty to tell the difference sometimes (at least when in the theater).

In some ways this is one of Woody Allen's lightest movies, and certainly lightweight compared to the more serious movies of this period (like the stunning gem, "Another Woman"). It's not zany like his earliest comedies ("Love and Death"). And it's not deeply observant and sometimes downright moving and brilliant like his best movies (like "Annie Hall" or "Crimes and Misdemeanors"). In that way it feels like what some novelists would call an "entertainment" to distinguish from their heavier masterpieces, and sometimes these are the most readable of all. Or the most watchable.

"The Purple Rose of Cairo" is inventive, warm, and touching. It's really high brow hilarious when the people on the screen react to the situation, not only because of the existential reality shift going on, but because they are all high brow types. Then there are the everyday scenes with Mia Farrow, the lead actress in the real world (usually), and support from Danny Aiello, really just a foil for the main romances (two) going on with Farrow (singular). It's not as complicated as it sounds, which might prove the elegance of Allen's writing.

A beautiful, delicate movie without undo weightiness. Joyous, yes, even in its melancholy end.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,095, 3 March 1985

Gross USA:

$10,631,333

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,631,333
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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