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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 3 November 1989 (USA)
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An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bernstein Bill Bernstein ... Testimonial Speaker
Martin Landau ... Judah Rosenthal
Claire Bloom ... Miriam Rosenthal
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Sharon Rosenthal (as Stephanie Roth)
Gregg Edelman ... Chris
George J. Manos George J. Manos ... Photographer (as George Manos)
Anjelica Huston ... Dolores Paley
Woody Allen ... Cliff Stern
Jenny Nichols Jenny Nichols ... Jenny
Joanna Gleason ... Wendy Stern
Alan Alda ... Lester
Sam Waterston ... Ben
Zina Jasper Zina Jasper ... Carol
Dolores Sutton ... Judah's Secretary
Joel Fogel Joel Fogel ... T.V. Producer (as Joel S. Fogel)
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Judah Rosenthal is an ophthalmologist and a pillar of the community who has a big problem: his mistress Dolores Paley has told him that he is to leave his wife and marry her - as he had promised to do - or she will tell everyone of their affair. When he intercepts a letter Dolores has written to his wife Miriam, he is frantic. He confesses all to his shady brother Jack who assures him that he has friends who can take care of her. Meanwhile, filmmaker Cliff Stern is having his own problems. He's been working on a documentary film for some time but has yet to complete it. He and his wife Wendy have long ago stopped loving one another and are clearly on their way to divorce. He falls in love with Halley Reed who works with a producer, Lester. Cliff soon finds himself making a documentary about Lester and hates every minute of it. Written by garykmcd

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A film about humanity.

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Comedy | Drama

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The role of Professor Louis Levy, the subject of director Cliff Stern (Woody Allen)'s documentary in this film, is played by a non-actor and a therapist friend of Woody Allen, the world-renowned Martin Bergmann, Clinical Professor of Psychology in the New York University's post-doctoral program. See more »

Goofs

When Judah decides to have Delores killed, he only dials seven digits on the phone calling his brother, Jack. Judah lives in Connecticut and Jack lives in New York, so he would have to dial at least 10 digits to call him. See more »

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[first lines]
Testimonial Speaker: We're all very proud of Judah Rosenthal's philanthropic efforts. His endless hours of fund raising for the hospital, the new medical center, and now, the ophthalmology wing, which until this year had just been a dream. But it's due to Rosenthal our friend that we most appreciate. The husband, the father, the golf companion. Naturally if you have a medical problem you can call Judah...
Miriam Rosenthal: You're blushing, darling.
Testimonial Speaker: ...day or night, weekends or holidays. But you can also call Judah to find...
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Referenced in Recess: Gus and Misdemeanors (1999) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
(1893)
Written by Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill
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"Human happiness does not seem to be included in the design of creation... If you want a happy ending, you should go see a Hollywood movie."
20 November 2006 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

"Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989)- is Woody Allen's masterpiece and my favorite film. It is urban and sophisticated, subtle and cruel. It is darker than dark and self-ironic. It is profound and touchingly poignant. It is deadly serious and in the same time it is incredibly funny. Its humor is razor sharp and sparkling and the best and funniest Woody's one-liners and comic performances belong here. As always in his best films, Allen had created a clever and elegant film out of his own weaknesses and insecurities and it shines. How much was Allen able to meditate on life, death, God, religion, morality, crimes and the responsibility, love and lust, happiness and the price one pays for it, and among those eternal subjects - how much fun it is to skip work or school and to sneak to the movies.

It is universal. It has the references to many Artists and cultures - Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, and Bergman among the others but it is so undeniably and uniquely Allen. It could not have been made by any other director.

It is the movie Allen will be remembered for.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

3 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$911,385, 15 October 1989

Gross USA:

$18,254,702

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,254,702
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Mono)

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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