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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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Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola (as Francis Coppola) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Sheldon (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Marvin Chatinover Marvin Chatinover ... Psychiatrist (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Mae Questel ... Mother (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Mia Farrow ... Lisa (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Molly Regan Molly Regan ... Sheldon's Secretary (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Ira Wheeler Ira Wheeler ... Mr. Bates (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Joan Bud Joan Bud ... Board Member (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Jessie Keosian ... Aunt Ceil (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Michael Rizzo Michael Rizzo ... Waiter (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
George Schindler George Schindler ... Shandu, The Magician (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Bridgit Ryan Bridgit Ryan ... Rita (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Larry David ... Theater Manager (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Paul Herman ... Detective Flynn / Clifford the Doorman / Cop (segments "Life Lessons" - "Life without Zoe" - "Oedipus Wrecks")
Herschel Rosen Herschel Rosen ... Store Clerk (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Lola André 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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Taglines:

One City. Three Stories Tall.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oedipus Wrecks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,763,469
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Paulette was born in 1967. See more »

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Zoe: [to her mother about her Joan Crawford-styled dress] A woman shouldn't have bigger shoulders than a man.
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What Is This Thing Called Love
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Quintet of the Hot Club of France (as The Hot Club of France) with Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc., Special Markets Division
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Two out of three ain't bad
13 September 2003 | by maitlandstSee all my reviews

**1/2 of****

Three completely different short stories told by three of Hollywood's most influential and profilic directors in the most exciting and mythical city on earth. Seems like a shoe in doesn't it? Well almost. Looking forward as I did to the Woody Allen piece "Oedipus Wrecks" the wait was worth it, but still somewhat unsatisfying. This featurette would've been a welcome change of pace for Woody at the time given that he hadn't made a flat-out silly comedy for a while and he manages to make good use of every moment. He has a great cast,(Kavner, Questral are particular standouts) and a genuinely strange premise to work with and the results are a riot, dare I say one of Woody's best. So what's so unsatisfying? As good as "Oedipus Wrecks" is , it still suffers because it has to follow Coppolla's god awful and charmless "Life Without Zoe." Seriously I had absolutely no clue what the hell was going on in this obnoxious, cutesy-poo clinker. Can anyone help me understand why Coppola thought anyone would like this? Sitting through "Zoe" is so emotionally draining that by the time you get to "Oedipus" you're too annoyed and confused to fully enjoy it. As a result Scorsese's "Life Lessons" comes off the best of the three. Nolte and Arquette are flawless and the intensity and friction between them make for an engaging if not distressingly tense 35 minutes.


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