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The Purple Rose of Cairo ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 14 nominations.
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Cecilia
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Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd
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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
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Penny Pitcher
Rick Petrucelli ...
Penny Pitcher
Peter Castellotti ...
Penny Pitcher
Milton Seaman ...
Ticket Buyer
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Ticket Buyer
Tom Degidon ...
Ticket Taker
Mary Hedahl ...
Popcorn Seller
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Henry
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Jason
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Rita
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Larry Wilde
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The Countess
Eugene J. Anthony ...
Arturo (as Eugene Anthony)
Ebb Miller ...
Bandleader
Karen Akers ...
Kitty Haynes
Annie Joe Edwards ...
Delilah
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Father Donnelly
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The Communist
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Olga
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Usherette
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Emma
Margaret Thompson ...
Movie Audience
George Hamlin ...
Movie Audience
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Movie Audience
Leo Postrel ...
Movie Audience
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Movie Audience
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Movie Audience
Crystal Field ...
Movie Audience
Ken Chapin ...
Reporter
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Reporter
Benjamin Rayson ...
Movie Goer
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Movie Goer
Albert S. Bennett ...
Movie Goer
Martha Sherrill ...
Movie Goer
Gretchen MacLane ...
Movie Goer
Edwin Bordo ...
Movie Goer
Andrew Murphy ...
Policeman #1
Tom Kubiak ...
Policeman #2 (as Thomas Kubiak)
Alexander Cohen ...
Raoul Hirsch
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Mr. Hirsch's Lawyer
Raymond Serra ...
Hollywood Executive
George J. Manos ...
Press Agent
David Tice ...
Waiter
James Lynch ...
Maitre D'
Sydney Blake ...
Variety Reporter
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Gil's Agent
Peter Von Berg ...
Drugstore Customer
David Weber ...
Photo Double
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Hooker (as Glenne Headley)
Willie Tjan ...
Hooker
Lela Ivey ...
Hooker
Drinda Lalumia ...
Hooker (as Drinda La Lumia)
Loretta Tupper ...
Music Store Owner
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Marty Appel ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Jerry Travers (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Murray Bandel ...
Extra - Movie Theater (uncredited)
Jacqueline Carol ...
Hooker in background (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ...
Crowd (uncredited)
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Trumpet Player at the Copa (uncredited)
Sharon Porter-Phillips ...
(uncredited)
James Prendergast ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Dale Tremont (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Woody Allen

Written by

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Woody Allen ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert Greenhut ... producer
Charles H. Joffe ... executive producer
Michael Peyser ... associate producer
Jack Rollins ... executive producer
Gail Sicilia ... associate producer

Music by

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Dick Hyman

Cinematography by

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Gordon Willis

Film Editing by

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Susan E. Morse

Editorial Department

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Kris Cole ... apprentice film editor
Richard Nord ... assistant film editor
Mark Fish ... computer editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Stuart Wurtzel

Art Direction by

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Edward Pisoni

Set Decoration by

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Carol Joffe

Costume Design by

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Jeffrey Kurland

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

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Michael Peyser ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jim Chory ... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly ... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
Liz Ryan ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Prudence Farrow ... art department coordinator
James V. Gartland ... construction grip (as James Gartland Jr.)
W. Steven Graham ... assistant art director
Dan Leigh ... assistant: Mr. Wurtzel
James Mazzola ... property master
Kevin McCarthy ... set dresser
Ron Petagna ... chief carpenter
Justin Scoppa Jr. ... additional set decorator (as Justin Scoppa)
Cosmo Sorice ... stand-by scenic artist
James Sorice ... master scenic artist
Kenneth Vogt ... property man
Dave Weinman ... chief set dresser
Frank Didio ... head carpenter (uncredited)
Jean-Michel Folon ... poster designer: France (uncredited)
John Kasarda ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Rick Dior ... re-recording mixer: Trans/Audio Inc. (as Richard Dior)
Kathleen Earle Killeen ... apprentice sound editor
Frank Graziadei ... sound recordist
Marty Levenstein ... assistant sound editor (as Martin Levenstein)
Stuart Lieberman ... assistant sound editor
Dan Lieberstein ... sound editor
James Sabat ... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat ... boom man
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Andrew Hansard ... process projectionist
Don Hansard ... process coordinator
Mitch Wilson ... visual effects (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ronald Burke ... grip
James Fitzpatrick ... best boy
Brian Hamill ... still photographer
Douglas C. Hart ... assistant cameraman
Dick Mingalone ... camera operator
Robert Paone ... second assistant cameraman (as Bob Paone)
Ray Quinlan ... gaffer
Robert Ward ... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Douglas Pellegrino ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Andrew D. Schwartz ... additional still photographer (uncredited)
David J. Schweitzer ... special photography effects (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Ellen Lewis ... casting assistant
Todd Thaler ... additional casting (as Todd Michael Thaler)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bill Christians ... wardrobe supervisor: men's
Patricia Eiben ... wardrobe supervisor: women's
Isis Mussenden ... costume assistant
John Michael Reefer ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Jonathan Filley ... location manager
John Healy ... location scout
Mary Kane ... location scout
Dana Robin ... location scout
Barry Strugatz ... location scout

Music Department

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Walt Levinsky ... music recording supervisor (as Walter Levinsky)
Joe Malin ... music coordinator
Roy B. Yokelson ... music recording engineer: National Recording Studios, Inc.
Diane Andolsek ... additional music score recording engineer (uncredited)
Greg Fulginiti ... music engineer (uncredited)
Vince Giordano ... musician (uncredited)
George Maniere ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Harry J. Leavey ... transportation captain (as Harry Leavey)
Patrick Hogan ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Tony Adler ... production staff
Kay Chapin ... script supervisor
James A. Davis ... production staff (as James Davis)
James Greenhut ... production staff
Joseph Hartwick ... production auditor
Amy Herman ... production staff
Peter Lombardi ... assistant production auditor
Jane Read Martin ... assistant: Mr. Allen
Tom McKinley ... associate: Mr. Kurland
Joseph Pierson ... production staff
Helen Robin ... production coordinator
Steve Rose ... studio manager
Carl Turnquest Jr. ... projectionist
Michael Wild ... production staff

Thanks

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Fred Astaire ... the producers also thank
Bob Lefcovich ... the producers also thank: Modern Telecommunications, Inc.
Jack Richards ... the producers also thank: Bertrand Island Park
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines She's finally met the man of her dreams. He's not real but you can't have everything. [Video] See more »
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Also Known As
  • La rose pourpre du Caire (France)
  • La rosa púrpura de El Cairo (Spain)
  • La rosa porpra del Caire (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Den røde rose fra Cairo (Denmark)
  • Purpurrosen från Kairo (Finland, Swedish title)
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Runtime
  • 82 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $114,095, 03 Mar 1985

Did You Know?

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Trivia After this film was previewed, word got back to Woody Allen that if he just changed his ending, he could have a big hit. Allen declined, saying that the ending is one of the reasons he made the film. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Mister Manhattan: Woody Allen (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Cheek to Cheek See more »
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 »
Quotes Cecilia: I just met a wonderful new man. He's fictional but you can't have everything.
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