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New York Stories (1989)

A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sheldon (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Marvin Chatinover ... Psychiatrist (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
... Mother (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
... Lisa (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Molly Regan ... Sheldon's Secretary (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Ira Wheeler ... Mr. Bates (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Joan Bud ... Board Member (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Jessie Keosian ... Aunt Ceil (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Michael Rizzo ... Waiter (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
George Schindler ... Shandu, The Magician (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Bridgit Ryan ... Rita (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
... Theater Manager (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
... Detective Flynn / Clifford the Doorman / Cop (segments "Life Lessons" - "Life without Zoe" - "Oedipus Wrecks")
Herschel Rosen ... Store Clerk (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Lola André ... Citizen (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales.

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One City. Three Stories Tall.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Lessons  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,763,469
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1.85 : 1
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Zoe Montez was born in 1977. See more »

Quotes

Zoe: [to her mother about her Joan Crawford-styled dress] A woman shouldn't have bigger shoulders than a man.
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Coppola's segment introduces cast and crew members only by their first name during the opening titles. See more »

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Referenced in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) See more »

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12th Street
Written by John Mathiason
Performed by Thick as Thieves
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Coppola segment drags down otherwise good movie
31 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Three 40 minutes short films by three of the greatest American directors; Scorsese, Coppola and Allen. I personally like Scorsese's introducing segment the most, Life Lesson. Even if I personally is not a fan of Nick Nolte, the movie has depth and it's just as good as you would expect from a director like Scorsese. Unlike many other directors, Scorsese manages to capture sexual attraction, in this case felt by the main character (Nolte). Freshly photographed and good ending that makes you recall upon your own life. Not a masterpiece but indeed great.

Coppola's segment "Zoe" is a total disaster. It is beautifully filmed, but the acting and the story is far below good. Better fit for the children's hour on TV. I don't know if the story was supposed to be ironical, a satire of spoiled extremely rich kids on Manhattan, which could be the fact since there were some scenes where the young girl interacts with a homeless man. That could have been a good theme, if it was Coppola's intention, but no matter the case - it just don't work. It is silly and it doesn't feel satirical at all. Another idea is that it was supposed to be funny, a short comedy, however, neither does it work on that layer. It somewhat makes me lose my respect for the director.

Woody Allen's part however is a pleasant refresher after Coppola's borer. Very funny, typical Allen, good acting from Allen's side and good music.

Overall rating is a mere 6, dragged down by Coppola. Without his segment I would rate this movie an 8.


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