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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The 'Video and DVD Guide' stated that this movie marked Woody Allen's return to comedy. Allen's segment "Oedipus Wrecks" is a comedy but his last two feature films had both been serious dramas. They were September (1987) and Another Woman (1988). See more »

Quotes

Paulette: [Seeing a patrol car with two policemen in it] Kiss the driver on the mouth. Then we'll talk.
Lionel Dobie: [Disbelieving the request and laughing nervously] What?
Paulette: Come on, and show me how much you love me.
Lionel Dobie: [Shaken and laughing nervously. After a pause] What if I do? Huh?
Paulette: Then I'll know your love is true, and if you don't, your name is King Bullshit, and I pack.
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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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Performed by Quintet of the Hot Club of France (as The Hot Club of France) with Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli
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Could've been better, but still
25 March 2002 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

In New York Stories, three segments are shown back to back, and they are all engaging in their own ways however it's only 2/3 successful as a total motion picture. Martin Scorsese's Life Lessons is a good example of what caliber of work Scorsese had when he made those three student films in the 1960's. It is a film that has a lot of depth, but it is quite worth it for fans of the actors and those who could get interested in Richard Price's story.

Coppola, director of THE GODFATHER and APOCALYPSE NOW makes Life Without Zoe here, a film that is 180 degrees out of whack from those two movies in that it tells the story of a little rich girl whose best friend is a doorman and revolves around a rich boy's birthday party. In a way, it almost could appeal to kids, but it's the wrong place to put in between a story of artists by Scorsese and a comedy of mother and son troubles by Allen.

Which brings me to the last short film, Oedipus Wrecks, where Woody plays a character whose mother suddenly out of the blue disappears. This is a good showing of what Woody can do in comedy without having to have a picture length presentation (not that he makes many bad films by the way).

So, New York Stories is worth checking out for Life Lessons and Oedipus Wrecks, and there could be an audience somewhere for Life Without Zoe, although the biggest flaw of the movie comes that neither one can connect at all outside of the fact that they all take place in New York and are made by New York directors- in short- fascinating and imperfect in some ways. B+


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